Sarah’s Autumn/Winter Skin Tips

Sarah’s Autumn/Winter Skin Tips

Winter is coming, so we called on Sarah Hancock, founder of Skin & Tonic, to get her top tips for maintaining gorgeous skin, whatever the weather.

It’s that time of year again: the air has a chill and the leaves on the trees are turning a rusty colour and falling all around us. As we step out into the cooler days we begin to notice that our skin feels different; it may become taught, dehydrated, red and irritated. Changing temperatures can wreak havoc on our skin so, here are my top 6 tips for keeping your skin as happy as possible this winter…

1. Wash with lukewarm water…

Jumping into a piping hot shower or bath in these cold, dark winter months can understandably seem pretty appealing. But please, don’t make the water too hot! Water that’s too hot can irritate the skin, stripping it of its valuable natural oils so try and resist the temptation and wash your skin with lukewarm water.

2. Try a cleansing balm…

Some foaming cleansers can dry out the skin, which is the last thing you want when your skin is already feeling dehydrated or irritated from the cold. Instead, try a cleansing balm to draw out impurities and dirt whilst, at the same time, nourishing and protecting your skin. Cleansing balms are a revelation and will leave your skin feeling balanced and super clean – and they are really effective for all skin types. We developed the Calm Clean for dry & mature skin and Steam Clean for normal/oily skin types.

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3. Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise…

After cleansing, try toning with a hydrating facial mist. Our Rose Mist is a wonderful blend of Rose Centifolia flower water, Aloe Vera & Glycerin to help draw moisture into the skin, then moisturise immediately. This will help to lock in valuable moisture during these dry, winter months.  As the cold weather kicks in, the humidity in the air around us drops rapidly leaving our skin feeling dry and tight. In fact, it’s not uncommon at this time of year to experience a flare in skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. Personally, I love to use a gentle and nourishing facial oil made from organic plant oils that lock in moisture whilst protecting my skin and providing it with much-needed nutrients. Our Naked Beauty Oil is perfect for sensitive skin and made of soothing organic oils such as Rosehip Fruit, Apricot kernel & Pumpkin seed or our Detox Beauty Oil is formulated for oily/acne prone skin and is a gentle, antibacterial blend of jojoba, watermelon seed oil, black cumin, petit grain & bergamot oils to target breakouts, draw out impurities & balance sebum levels.

If your skin is really dry, try using a balm before bed for an extra hydration boost (balms are perfect for dry patches anywhere on the body; face, lips, hands, elbows or knees…). Our Calm Balm is the perfect solution for this during the winter & the sedating & soothing blend of Lavender & Chamomile will help you unwind after a long day too.

4. Rehydrate your skin with a mask…

Masks are not just for detoxifying the skin! There are now loads of amazingly effective natural masks available on the market that will give your skin the long-lasting hydration boost that it needs during the winter months. These natural masks have amazing moisture retaining qualities – look out for super ingredients such as aloe vera, coconut milk powder, hyaluronic acid, jojoba oil, avocado oil or almond oil. Our Coco Mask will leave your skin both plump & bright.

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5. Protect your lips…

Wind, lashing rain, snow and plummeting temperatures will guarantee that you need to protect the extremely delicate skin on your lips from cracking. Apply a natural balm as regularly as possible to soothe, soften and protect your lips throughout the winter months. Keep an eye out for wonderfully nourishing ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil or beeswax (candelilla wax if you are vegan). These simple yet powerful ingredients will ensure your lips are kept super smooth, soft and protected – even in the coldest climates.

6. Hydrate the skin from within…

I’m a huge advocate for looking after your skin from the inside out: the effect our diet can have on our skin really cannot be overstated. In order to keep your skin plump and bright, drink lots of water (warm water and lemon is great in the winter!), herbal teas and eat as many foods with high water content as possible, like melon, celery, cucumber, apples and tomatoes. At this time of year, it’s vital to ensure that your body gets a healthy dose of Vitamin C in order to help collagen production (think elderberries, blueberries, oranges, kiwis, kale, broccoli and red peppers). And don’t forget to eat plenty of foods that are rich in omegas and fatty acids; eggs, flaxseed or fish would be a great place to start.

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