Summer already seems a distant memory and sadly winter is not too far away. It’s at this time of the year when you may start to notice some changes in your skin. Your skin may have had the luxury of being well oiled with sun lotions and aftersun and then you’re back from your summer hols, back to work and a different routine takes over. The aftermath of the summer can lead to rough, dry and drab looking skin.
Here are 5 ways you can support your skin at this time of the year and lay down good foundations for winter.
1) Increase hydration
After the summer heat and humidity your skin is likely to be dehydrated. Increase your skin’s hydration levels by using a serum or facial oil. These are more concentrated than moisturisers and will work with your skin because oil is very much like sebum. Take a look at my Rejuvenate Facial Oil or Calm Facial Oil.
Hydrate your body from the inside – drink plenty of water and fruit or herbal teas and try and cut back on the coffee that will dehydrate you and your skin.
2) Analyse your skin
Have a look at your skin after cleansing. Touch and feel it. Are there some drier patches? If so use an oil and moisturiser over these areas. Oily skin types may find that their skin is a bit more normal and those usually with normal skin may find it feeling a bit tighter or drier in certain areas. If you are not confident analysing your own skin ask a therapist for a skin analysis. Depending upon what you discover, have a think about the products you are using and whether they suit your current skin type.
3) Reveal fresh, new skin
When did you last use a gentle exfoliating face scrub? This is an excellent way to slough away dead skin cells and reveal fresher brighter skin cells, leaving you with a bright complexion.
4) Stick to a skincare routine
Having analysed your skin, set a new routine in place and stick to it! Aside from your usual cleanse, toning and moisturising, think of which days you will use a face scrub, and when you are going to apply the face mask.
5) Book that facial…or Do It Yourself!
For those of you who rarely if ever treat yourself to a facial then now is the time to have one. During this transitional period I promise you that your skin will thank you for it! A thorough facial includes skin analysis, cleansing, exfoliation, warm compresses or steaming, face mask, toning, facial massage, and moisturising.
Louisa Pini is a Holistic and Clinical Aromatherapist whose passion for aromatherapy started when she was at university when she had problems sleeping, concentrating for exams, and was learning to deal with stress. Louisa has created her own range of natural skin care products ‘Just Be Natural’ that use the finest organic essential oils in order to create high quality skin care that works hard to nourish the skin. To read more about Louisa click here
Nourish, protect and repair your skin naturally this autumn and winter with Louisa’s essential oil enriched skincare products. Available from our natural health shop
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