It's that time of year again . . . The pace slows down, temperatures drop, mornings get darker and our skin is more vulnerable with the change of season. Which is why it is even more important to maintain the health and nurture of your skin. If you have noticed that your skin has become drier with a slight increase in sensitivity, here are some tips to restore your skin to a happy, healthy glow.
Clemency Alice - Facialist
Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) Boost your Essential Fatty Acids intake with an oil supplement and nutrition. This is vital for skin health and moisturises your skin from within. EFA's can be obtained from oily fish, flax seed oil.
Sunscreen Even though Summer is a distant dream, you still need to protect your skin from those harmful UV rays. A Physical Broad Spectrum sunscreen is more effective and less irritating to the skin.
Face Oil Use a nourishing, super-hydrating face oil to provide your skin with extra comfort and protection.
Facial Massage Incorporate gentle facial massage into your skin routine, using upward, gentle lifting movements.
Beauty Sleep Restorative sleep is essential when it comes to optimum skin health, function and helps maintain your beauty 'sparkle'. Draw some inspiration from Dr Libby's chapter 'Beautiful Sleep' in her book "Beauty from the Inside Out".
Green Tea has a high concentration of 'polyphenols' which helps protect your skin from cellular damage. It also ensures hydration through reducing the loss of water from the skin (TEWL - Trans Epidermal Water Loss). Sufferers of Rosacea, Eczema and Psoriasis will also benefit from drinking Green Tea with its anti-inflammatory properties.
Dry Body Brush An invigorating way to start the day after exercise and before a shower. A natural bristle body brush eliminates toxins, aids cellular renewal, stimulates the lymphatic system and sloughs off dead skin cells.
Fresh Air & Exercise A daily dose of exercise will help remove those toxins and pep up your skin. If you can't brave the weather outside, try a Yoga session or a cardio workout of Mary Helen Bower's Ballet Beautiful.
Moisturise Opt for a richer moisturiser during the day. This will reinforce the hydrolipidic film (skin's natural protective barrier) of your skin, protecting it from external aggressors like wind, rain, extreme temperature changes.
Book a Facial Regular facials (ideally once a month) will tone those facial muscles, drain away toxins and keep your skin looking plumped and hydrated.
Stay Hydrated Keep up your water intake during the day. A little beauty tip from Jennifer L. Scott's "Lessons from Madame Chic" is to drink a large glass of water just before you go to bed, then another glass with a squeeze of lemon upon waking. Your skin will look more fresh, hydrated and healthy.