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The Ultimate Cold Weather Skin Cheat Sheet

The Ultimate Cold Weather Skin Cheat Sheet

Freezing temperatures,  frost on the ground and your skin is suffering.  Soothe your dry, itchy skin with a serious hydrating regime to keep things supple and healthy.  

It doesn't have to be complicated or fiddly, here are my top tips for keeping your skin soft, supple and radiant.

 

The Rose Tree Cold Weather Organic Skincare Cheat Sheet

The bottom line is that colder air holds less moisture than warm air and factor in the central heating  and there's a good chance your skin is going to rebel.

Dry, itchy skin isn't fun but there's lots you can do that will make a difference.

It's all about hydration levels..

To stay hydrated, skin pulls moisture out of the air, which is a problem in colder weather when the humidity reduces. 

To make things worse, as our skin ages, its natural oil producing capabilities slow down makes it more difficult for dry skin cells to slough off resulting in flaky skin. 

To prevent a rather unattractive skin snow storm effect, invest in a gentle exfoliation treatment, but one which will boost hydration levels with natural oils. 

Give our Honey & Rose Exfoliation Treatment a go.  (Bonus - it will leave your skin smelling beautiful).  

I stress this should be GENTLE!  Scrubbing your skin raw is not going to help.

Steaming hot water is not your friend

    Cut back on the super hot baths and showers. 

    Spending too much time wallowing in steaming hot water, though a tempting option when you're freezing, will ultimately further strip the oils from your skin.  

    If you have to do the toe-dip dance lowering yourself into the bath inch by inch, it's too hot!

    Get clever with oil and water

       If you can't live without a bath, it being the only time you get 5 minutes to yourself in a locked room (and I do understand)  go for a beautiful aromatherapy bath oil which will hydrate and soothe your skin and leave you smelling fabulous at the same time.  

      Try our Soothing Bath & Shower Oil which contains a generous shot of calendula infused oil which naturally fixes all those sore bits.  

      DIY Essential Oils

        If you fancy a spot of DIY, add a few drops of essential oil and tailor the scent to something you love - lavender for a beautifully relaxing soak, ylang ylang and jasmine for a touch of the exotic, or grapefruit or juniper for a revitalising treatment.  

        If you are feeling particularly adventurous, throw in a pint of milk or a scoop of dried milk powder and you will come out with skin so soft, the angels will weep.

        Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise!

          Slather on a serious moisturiser. 

          I am a big fan of oils,  but the trick is finding the right product that works for you. These are some of my favourite oils for dry, sensitive, skin.

          Applying Body Oil  while your skin is damp after a shower takes 5 seconds but packs a real punch in terms of effectiveness;  it seals in moisture, removes the need for a separate body lotion and leaves a subtle scent - win, win!

          The Best Ingredients for Dry, Dehydrated Skin

          Natural plant butters are naturally repairing and form a protective barrier on the skin to guard against moisture loss and soften skin.  Think butters like shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter.

          Humectants to Drive Moisture

          Ingredients like honey and glycerine are humectants which mean they attract moisture and draw it into the skin.  Just watch out for the synthetic stuff like propylene glycol which isn't going to help.

          The Right Plant Oils for Dry Skin

          This sounds a little odd, surely all oils are good for dry skin?  Natural plant oils are not going to damage your skin, but some are better equipped to hydrate when temperatures drop.  In particular oils rich in oleic acid will work best, these have a richer feel and will in turn moisturise more deeply.  Think avocado oil, argan oil, camellia oil, hazelnut oil.  Check out my guide to the best plant oils by skin type.

          Layer your Skincare

            For your face, especially if your skin is on the sensitive side, go for ingredients that are natural and super gentle.  

            Think about layering products together, I like to use a base layer with the super nourishing Facial Essence with Rose & Blackcurrant and then either the Radiance Cream over the top or the Intensive Balm with Marshmallow & Frangipani.  

            Go with what feels good for your skin, pick the texture that works for you.  If you want some advice, ping us a note on one of our social media channels!

              Here's to your super soft, hydrated skin all season long!

              Ultimate Skincare Ingredients - Jojoba

              WHAT IS IT?

              Jojoba (oddly enough pronounced "ho-ho-ba") is a favourite ingredient, a true multi-tasker in the world of skincare (think work hard and play hard).  But it's not your usual crowd, it looks and feels like an oil, but it's not; it is actually a wax; a liquid wax.  So it's special.  

               It's absorbed extremely easily by the skin and because it is a wax and not an oil, it is non greasy and great for hydration but without giving that too -rich feel. It's also super-stable; some of the botanicals we use are potent but fragile, and it's always a balancing act between fabulous benefits of an ingredient versus its' stability. (You see how hard we work for you!)  Nobody wants anything green and furry on the top of their cream, or a shelf life of days rather than months.

              And obviously we use the best quality, organic jojoba that we can get our hands on - because that's the way we are.

               WHAT DOES IT DO?

              It's good, there isn't much this one doesn't do!  This liquid wax is almost identical to the sebum found in our own skin which makes it versatile enough to be used with all skin types, including problem skin, oily and combination skins.

              Jojoba reduces wrinkles, treats psoriasis, acne, and dermatitis, and brings the skin back to its normal vitality and gives it a healthy glow (see I told you  am - a - zing).  We use it in our Carrot & Mango Cleansing Butter 'cause it is great for problems skins, and healthy skin alike and for restoring your glow.  We use it in our organic Body Oils for a quick hydration boost, while avoiding that oil slick feeling.  

               THE SCIENCE-EY BIT

              Jojoba is a mixture of long chain, liquid wax esters extracted from the seeds of the desert shrub Simmondsia chinensis.  Jojoba's liquid esters provide superior oxidative stability, excellent emolliency and effective moisturisation to the skin and hair. 

               Our skin produces its own oil known as sebum, which keeps the skin supple and moist.  When you apply an oil, or in this case liquid wax to the skin, it penetrates the outermost  layers of the stratum corneum. The oil creates an occlusive layer on the outside of the skin and traps water beneath it.  Because plant-derived oils are similar in make-up to the natural oils on the skin,  they are metabolised by the skin. This equals very happy skin!

               Oils have been used in skincare for millennia because they are powerful moisturisers, and they work.  If your skin needs a bit if a pick me up or a boost before, jojoba is one to look out for!  

              As a starting point for tricky skin, we suggest you try our award winning Radiance Essence with Rose & Marula.  For an all round luxury oil for your body, that hydrates without blocking pores, try one of our organic Body Oils.  

              Here's to your happy skin..

              Ultimate Skincare Ingredients - Marula Oil

              Ingredients make all the difference,  the difference between a mediocre formulation filled with cheap stuff and an effective formulation that will mean you see visible results with your skin.

               

              WHAT IS IT?

              Marula oil is one of the stars of our award winning facial essence, (read love!)  cold Pressed from the dried Marula seed and used for centuries in its native South Africa and Swaziland, where it's used by local women to hydrate and protect their skin with its high antioxidant and fatty acid levels.  And our Marula oil is Fair Trade (you know that's the way we do things at TRT right?)

              WHAT DOES IT DO?

              Marula oil  improves skin hydration, skin smoothness and reduces redness, it makes for radiant and super soft skin!  It is also used to protect against stretch marks,  and soften scar tissue. 

              THE SCIENCE-EY BIT

              Irrespective of whether you eat them or smother then on your skin, antioxidants help reduce environmental damage from the sun and everyday pollution, and  Marula oil is antioxidant rich.  Antioxidants penetrate the skin and  turn harmful free radicals -  the molecules that form as a result of exposure to sunlight and pollution - into harmless compounds which in turn stops them from destroying elastin and collagen.  

              Marula Oil  has been shown to have superior free radical scavenging properties. Tests and commercial trials to investigate the potential of Marula oil as an ingredient in cosmetic formulations have been successfully carried out. Tests included skin hydration, trans-epidermal water loss and increase in skin smoothness with Marula oil performing significantly well.

              On a personal note, this is where it all started for me & The Rose Tree, the Cinderella like transformation from dehydrated, stressed red skin to super hydrated radiance!

              "I have been using this oil for a good few months now and I am beyond amazed at the results. I have been suffering from rosacea for a few years and have found it hard to find products which don't aggravate my skin further. Using this oil morning and evening my skin is softer and always feels hydrated, it works well even under my daily make up. I would be lost without it now!" - Customer Review - Radiance Facial Essence with Rose & Marula

              For skin needing a hydration boost or that suffers from red-ness, this is an ingredient to watch out for!  It is the star ingredient in our award winning Radiance Facial Essence here.  Or if you would like to try a small sample size, you can find that here!

              Misbehaving Skin? - Rosacea

              All of us experience skin problems at some point or other; diet, stress, the weather and not to mention the chemical ingredients found in much of our skincare all has an impact.  So what do you do when your skin is a tad under the weather?

               

              Firstly you need to understand the problem.  Rosacea is characterised by redness and irritation, particularly around the face and cheeks.  The cause tends to be blood vessels that have become hypersensitive to a number of triggers causing redness that looks a bit like sunburn.  Triggers include alcohol, fragrances, plus harsh exfoliants and astringents.  

              Skincare should be super gentle and non-irritating and we suggest you pare it back to the basics.  Scrupulous cleansing and moisturising is key, and watch those ingredients.  There is no one regime that works for everyone, you will need to monitor your own skin's reaction to ingredients and avoid those that don't agree with you.  Don't let anyone tell you that one product is the answer to all your prayers (if only it was that easy!)  For example, one widely used  skincare preservative, methylisothiazolinone, is notorious for causing reactions, but it does not effect everyone. (We don't use this ever in our products!)

              There are other things that you can to that are non-skincare related; diet is a contributing factor, fruit, vegetables, healthy fats, and some people find some sort of probiotic supplement helps.  Equally know what your food triggers are, caffeinated drinks, (coffee and tea), chocolate, spicy foods can all cause problems - but again will not affect everyone.  Keep a food diary if it helps to track what works for you and what causes a reaction.

              We believe genuine organic skincare bursting with powerful natural ingredients is the way to go with your skincare regime - even if we are a little biased!  Allow your skin to breathe and nurture your body with pure ingredients.

              You can find our luxury organic skincare here.

              We would love to hear your tips on what works for you!