Whether you love or hate the festive season, December marks the start of the party season, so how do you ensure your skin is in tip-top condition for all those big nights?
A pampering mini facial is a great way to treat your skin, giving you a plump, hydrated base for your foundation and make up. Start by cleansing your skin with a gentle, creamy product, one that will allow you to gently massage your face. We recommend our organic Carrot & Mango Cleansing Butter, with potent botanicals and containing organic St John's Wort oil which is both anti-bacterial and anti-viral.
Apply the butter to clean, warm fingers and gently massage into your skin using long sweeping strokes in an upward direction. As well as removing make up and impurities, by spending a few moments working the product into your skin, you can benefit from a rejuvenating and circulation boosting treatment. Using your index fingers, gently work the areas between your eyebrows, to reduce tension, then move your fingers outwards from the bridge of your nose towards your temples.
Continue this to include your forehead, before moving to your cheeks with the same long sweeping strokes you started with. Finish off by gently tapping outwards underneath your eyes, around the eye socket. Use more product if you need, so that you can work your skin gently without pulling the skin. You can also add some long sweeping strokes in an upward motion from your neck to underneath your chin.
Once you have completed your mini massage, use a cotton or muslin cloth wrung through with hand hot water to remove all cleansing product, leaving you with fresher, brighter and party ready skin.
If you are doing a 20 minute shuffle between finishing work and heading out to your Christmas party, have a couple of cotton pads handy so that you can apply to tired eyes with ice cold toner to freshen them.
Don't forget to spend some time sloughing off any dry skin on your body, though you will need to to this a couple of times to really benefit. Try a gentle exfoliation treatment that will stimulate your circulation and leave you smooth and glowing. Try our organic Honey & Rose Scrub with silky organic almond oil and pure essential oils.
Moisturise well to protect your skin from freezing temperatures and wait a few moments before applying your make up so it does not slide off your face. Then finally and most importantly, go and enjoy that party...
OK. You have de-cluttered your skincare – you have found the organic skincare products that work for your skin – but your skin is still sensitive, especially in times of stress or when the weather gets cold.
It may not be your beauty regime that is at fault – there are other triggers...
Think about the temperature of the water you use when you bathe – hot water can be very drying, especially if your skin is on the sensitive side and although it is tempting to sink into a steaming hot bath when it’s freezing outside, (with the occasional large glass of wine!) your skin may not thank you for it.
If you are a bath fan, (and I'm including myself here, it's one of my fave ways to de-stress!) avoid SLS based bubble baths and opt for an organic hydrating bath oil.
If you are worried about disappearing in an oil slick and the monotonous cleaning that follows, don't. Our organic bath oils are super concentrated so you only need the tiniest amount, about 1/2 a teaspoon. The result, you can lay back in beautifully scented water knowing you will emerge all goddess like, (not oily) and chilled - until the next interruption anyway..
If its blizzard like outside, depending on where you are in the world, you will need to take special precautions. Wind, and very cold and dry environments can all spell problems for your skin. Hydration and protection is key, stick with a good hydrating cleanser (try ours here) and a decent moisturiser, eg our Radiance Cream with Rose & Frankincense
Consider your laundry detergent– biological action detergents are notorious for irritating skin and triggering eczema flare ups. My own eczema improved significantly when I changed to a greener non bio version.
Switch away from household cleaners that are filled with harsh chemicals. Simpler ingredients such as bicarbonate of soda mixed with water to a paste is very effective in the kitchen (but the mixture is slightly abrasive so don’t use it on highly polished surfaces). White vinegar is also super-effective; it is a great degreaser and limescale remover. You can buy these in bulk very inexpensively online, and there are lots of recipes available. We like http://www.summernaturals.co.uk/
If you fancy a homemade therapeutic bath, guilt free without any chemical nasties, try adding 5 drops of lavender essential oil and 5 drops of chamomile essential oil to a warm running bath. It will smell amazing and is great for sensitive, dry, itchy skin.
It's that time of the year when bare skin becomes a thing of the past (at least until the sunny days return) and opaque tights make a reappearance in our wardrobes. It also means that the twin perils of freezing air and central heating play havoc with our skin; even oily skins start feeling dry and dry skin takes on the texture of paper. So it becomes ever more important to up your game when it comes to your organic skincare regime.
For your body avoid any type of cleansing product that will strip your skin of the little precious oil it does have. Gentle is the watch word here - a natural organic soap or cleansing bar is good. Made with pure vegetable oils and scented with flower and plant oils, it will clean your skin super gently, and the naturally forming glycerine will help attract moisture to your skin. And not a harsh detergent (SLS) in sight! (See our organic cleansing bars here).
Another good option is an organic body scrub. Gently exfoliating skin, will leave it radiantly soft and hydrated - and better able to further drink in more moisture. Or a super hydrating body oil is a good bet. Gone are the days when you would end up feeling like an oil slick, today's oil blends are moisturising and quick - absorbing.
The best facial cleanser is a rich, hydrating product, eg, something in the form of an organic cleansing butter or oil. It takes a few moments longer to apply and remove - but is very gentle and nourishing. If that does not appeal, and you are happier with a quicker wash off product, again think about a handmade organic soap, we have our own with precious apricot and almond oils here.
And finally look to upgrade your organic face cream. You want something that will hydrate and plump up your skin - and which makes any make up you wear look great. For dry or older skins, a luxurious cream is probably your best bet (our best seller is our Radiance Cream with Rose & Frankincense). If you prefer something a little lighter, you could consider a facial oil, which I covered in a previous blog.
Don't forget now is the time to start dropping not so subtle hints if you are after a Christmas organic skincare gift set! We will even help the man in your life out and beautifully gift box anything you pick free of charge.
What are your winter skincare tips? We'd love to hear.