How’s your skin care regime these days? We’ve written before about the need to adapt and adjust your routine over the colder winter months- with the changes in temperature as you leave artificially heated rooms and head out into the crisp winter air, our skin usually ends up paying the price. Couple this with the fact that this time of year is insanely busy for so many of us, and you have a potential skin care nightmare just waiting to happen! Relax. We’re here to tell you the top five little winter skin care mistakes you need to stop making right now- and what you need to do instead. Glowing skin awaits you this Christmas. All you need to do is read on to find out…
Mistake #1: You’re not exfoliating
Or if you are giving your skin that essential scrub it so desires, you’re just not doing it often enough. Listen, it doesn’t have to be a huge thing. Keep a tub of home-made exfoliator in your bathroom cabinet (or the fridge, depending on the recipe) an have it to hand once a week. Build it into your routine and your skin is going to love you for it. Slough away the dead cells. Hello bright, fresh, beautiful skin.
Mistake #2: You’re not removing your makeup at night
Gasp! What were we always told growing up? Always, ALWAYS remove your makeup before you go to bed! The thing is that when you’re older and your life is more hectic (and your bedtimes are later) sometime the last thing you feel like doing is removing your makeup. The problem is though, that as you sleep your skin is going to struggle to breath under the layer of makeup, clogging your pores and potentially leading to a host of conditions such as acne, dryness, red patches and even the deepening of wrinkles. Let your skin breathe. Let your skin renew itself. Let your skin free!
This one is probably up there as being one of the worst offenders for your skin (all year round!) along with perhaps not cleaning your phone regularly enough. Every time you touch your face you are transferring germs and bacteria. Ugh. But not only that- touching your face too often can worsen existing skin conditions such as acne, it could bag eye bags worse (if you’re heavy
handed, you can drag and damage the delicate skin under the eyes) and it could also ruin your carefully applied makeup! If this is you, start carrying around a hand sanitiser right now, and when you’re home use a product such as the Organic unperfumed bar soap for sensitive skin (can also be used on the face) to keep your hands clean. Or try the Organic Pure Rose Geranium Liquid Handsoap. Also try to use distraction techniques any time you feel you want to touch your skin- visual the glowing complexion you know is around the corner, sit on your hands, ask others to stop you if they notice you doing it… whatever it takes, it’s
Mistake #4: You’re not hydrated enough
We cannot re-iterate this point enough! Your body needs water! Your skin needs it too. Just like any other organ in the body, the skin is made up of cells, and these cells require adequate hydration levels in order to perform their essential duties. When you don’t drink enough water, you’re depriving your skin of essential nutrients needed to maintain optimum moisture. You’re preventing natural anti-ageing processes. You’re inhibiting the skin’s ability to fight conditions such as psoriasis, wrinkles and eczema. Why would you do that? Get a water bottle today, and fill it up. Keep sipping and filling it all day long, and make the promise to yourself today that you will keep this new habit for life.
Mistake #5: You’re not wearing sunscreen
Before you cry, ‘But it’s winter!’, let me tell you something. Protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays is a year round commitment that you need to make right now. The dropping temperatures often fool us into thinking that we no longer need sunscreen at all, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, UVA rays in particular are just as potent during the winter months- and these are the rays responsible for accelerating the skin’s ageing process! Guys, you need to be protecting your skin. Read this post on how to make your own sunscreen at home, or choose a moisturiser (read the ingredients carefully!) that will do the job for you.
It’s not just your face that deserves some TLC this winter. Your skin is your body’s largest organ and it needs you to take care of it. Invest in yourself this Christmas with our beautiful, natural, organic range. Your skin will thank you!