Once upon a time not so long ago lavender was associated with ladies that had a few more years on their clock.
It is time to update your morning beauty routine for winter
The last thing we want to be thinking about is winter with its dark and gloomy day’s But with the change in outside temperatures and the use of indoor heating can leave our skin feeling dull and dry.
We might not be supper excited about winter, but just as we start the “summer skin” prep early we can start making small changes now to prep our skin for winter.
Start the day with a glass of water
Hydrate and moisturise from the inside out, is an important part of your beauty routine for winter.
Starting your day with a tall glass of lukewarm water, with lemon juice and cayenne pepper will not only hydrate but also flush out toxins and give you an energy boost.
Start your day with exercise and an ‘instant facial’ instead of coffee
Now I know that coffee is the number one kick start to any ones day. But your coffee might give you a morning energy boost but it can dehydrate and age your skin and with the change in temperatures and in door heating already dehydrating you skin why add to it. So switch up your morning coffee with green tea. A cup of green tea before your morning exercise will also boost your metabolism.
Kick it up a notch and get your blood flowing in the morning with gentle exercise, like yoga. For the “instant facial” dunk your face in cold water which will instantly energize you and leave your skin brighter and tighter.
Switch to a Gentle Cleanser and continue to exfoliate
Steer clear of store bought shops with all it skin drying chemicals and diy your own.
Why not try; Oil cleanse
Olive oil is packed with nutrients that will hydrate dry skin and boost skins moisturizing levels. Also the best make up remover.
All you will need is;
• extra virgin olive oil
• wash cloth
Massage the cleanser into your skin, and then soak a wash cloth in warm water to remove.
A good scrub does wonders to increase the absorption of skin moisturisers. Try this homemade clove and sugar body scrub
1/2 cup brown sugar
3-4 drops clove essential oil
1/2 cup jojoba, almond or olive oil
Add all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Store in a covered jar to use all over your body for extra exfoliation, concentrate on all those rough patches like your knees and elbows.
Use a richer moisturizer
Cooler temperatures means doubling up on moisture for skin so you will need to start using richer moisturises for face and body. Make sure that your lotions for face and body is fragrance free because artificial fragrances may be irritating to your skin. Remember that moisturizers are best applied to wet, slightly towel pat dry skin as the moisture from the water will help to absorb lotion faster into skin and keep it moisturised all day long.
You might not see it but the sun is still out in winter so you should always apply a sunscreen after your moisturizer to shield your skin from harmful UV rays.
Enjoy a good portion of beauty foods
The red, orange and yellow shades of many autumn foods are high in concentrations of antioxidants especially vitamin A and vitamin C and beta carotene, which is great for glowing, clear skin that’s protected from free radicals.
Just because summer is still deciding, whether or not she wants to brace us with her presence, does not mean that we cannot enjoy the fruits of her labour. Juicy, sweet smelling summer fruits!!!
My favourite fruity skincare
Mango body scrub
Rich in Vitamin A, which helps to rid your skin of dead cells and gives life to new cells. You can eat half of the Mango and use the other half for a sweet summer scrub
• 1 Mango
• 2 teaspoons of Oats
• 1 teaspoon of Honey
Put the cut up mango (cut into chunks) in a blender until it’s a smooth puree, then mix in the oats and honey and stir well. Use it in or before showering, applying it in circular motion, from your feet moving upwards, all over body, scrub for 2-5 minutes then rinse and moisturise well.
Can be enjoyed by all skin types
These little berries are full of vitamin A and C and high in antioxidants that fights against free radical that causes premature aging. So the perfect anti-aging agent. Can be used in a sugar scrub or mask.
Ingredients for Blackberry mask
• 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
• 2 tablespoons honey
• 1/4 cup black berries
Mix together in blender until mixture is nice and smooth Apply face and leave on for 10-20 minutes and rinse off
I recommend the Blackberry mask for the summer time, as too much sun time, can contribute to skin aging.
The enzymes and AHAs found in pineapples are natural exfoliates and skin lightener. The Bromelain enzyme in pineapples helps to remove of the outer layer of skin, and reduces age spots and wrinkles.
Pineapple Sugar Body Scrub
• Half a pineapple
• 1 cup of sugar
Put pieces of pineapple in blender and blend until a smooth puree, mix in the sugar and add oil of your choice. Scrub away to bright glowing skin.
Enriched with Vitamin C strawberries can be used as a toner and also works to correct un-even skin complexion. Strawberries can also be used as a teeth whitener.
Strawberry sugar scrub
• Almond oil (or oil of your choice)
Finely cut up your strawberries, mash it and mix with almond oil and sugar and Voila!!!
Whether you enjoy it as a yummy smoothie, a healthy snack or as a pamper treat, summer fruits are full of nourishing nutrients for body and skin.