Here at BODHI we believe in taking brilliant care of your possessions so that they serve you well for a lifetime, and your skin is no exception. Harsh winter weather can be damaging, uncomfortable and downright painful on your skin.
Hard as it might be, resist that urge to panic-buy cupboard-fulls of lotions and potions following that first gust of bitterly cold winter wind! This mix of hydrating, natural products, home remedies and top tips to live by will keep your skin healthy, happy and glowing through the whole winter.
1. Drink lots of water.
When it’s cold outside we often forget to drink enough water throughout the day, but this is just when low humidity is most likely to strip our poor skin of its moisture. Remember to sip slowly through the day rather than gulp and to use a reusable bottle - You can use our BODHI BPA FREE WATER BOTTLE (you can get one free when you make a purchase on our site). Indulging in warming winter teas such as Antioxidant Red Tea (Check out our Red Tea Latte Recipe here.) or natural ginger and lemon is a wonderful way to keep hydrated in winter - you will feel healthy, hydrated and cozy at the same time. It’s a win-win situation
2. Choose a gentle exfoliator & cleanser carefully.
Many high street cleansers actually contain harsh chemicals which can be damaging rather than nourishing. Ingredients such as alcohol won’t do any favors for dry, cracked skin, as they strip away natural oils. Oil based cleansers such as this Dream/Beyond Cleanser one will help keep the moisture in, while still taking off the day’s dirt, make-up, dead skin as well as clear clogged pores.
It may be the last thing on your mind when you have dry, itchy skin, but there are benefits to exfoliating your skin during winter. Not only will it take off the dry, dead skin cells, but it also helps you regenerate new ones. Your skin will thank you for using natural, gentle exfoliating cleanser like this yummy frosted mint jelly like Peppermint - Rosehip Seed oil - Super Skin-food Seaweed Daily Cleanser.
4. Keep those showers short and sweet.
It’s tempting to reach for that dial and turn up the heat and have a long, hot shower or a bath when it’s cold outside. However, hot showers and long baths are a big no-no. Not only will excessively hot water dehydrate you, but it will also strip away those necessary oils from your body. If you come out of the shower and your skin is irritatingly red and itchy, it’s a sign that you’ve overdone it. All is not lost though. We’ve got you covered in the next step.
5. Use a natural moisturizer and apply immediately after washing.
Choose your facial moisturizer and body lotion carefully. We recommend oil based products rather than water based to keep important hydrating oils in your skin. Apply moisturizer or lotion immediately after washing to lock in as much moisture as possible, and don’t forget to include your hands and your feet, the most hardworking parts of your body! Our favorite for your skin? This One/Decision Cream is a blend of organic Avocado & Soybean oils, topped up with a blend of plant based Copper Peptide Complex,Hyaluronic Acid & Collagen Boosters. If you recently ran out of body lotion, look inside your pantry for a tub of coconut oil; beauty editors swear by this versatile pantry essential!
6. Protect from the elements.
Winter is undoubtedly harsher on your skin than summer. Out in the open, we may have the pocket essential lip balm to take care of dry, chapped lips, but we need more than that. The combination of low humidity plus those strong, blistering winds can lead to uncomfortably dry skin, so remember to wrap up. A scarf and gloves are essential to protect your hands and the delicate skin on your neck.
On the topic of skin irritation, a lot of cold-weather clothing can be uncomfortable when worn in direct contact with your skin. We recommend using natural, breathable base layers to protect you from any rough or scratchy winter fabrics that are aggravating to your skin when worn alone.
7. Sunscreen is not just for summer.
We may reach for the sunscreen automatically during the warmer months, but sunscreen is just as important during winter to shield from those harmful UVs. Make sure to cover your face, neck and hands (if they are exposed), and opt for a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 protection. If you’re up on the slopes, the Skin Cancer Institute recommends reapplying your sunscreen every two hours and immediately after heavy sweating. Don’t forget the spots that are easily missed such as the back of the neck, lips, ears and under the chin!
How are you working on your skin health this Winter? Let us know more tips if we might have missed in this blog on winter skincare routine.
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