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Tips from our Wellbeing Spa Therapists

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Preparing your skin for winter.

Cold, wind even indoor air can leave your skin dehydrated and flaky. Rescue your skin from extreme winter dryness and read on for some TLC recommendations for your winter weary skin.

Switch from light lotion to heavier moisturizer.

Cold weather, winds and spending much of the time in a home or office with dry heat blasting, all contribute to dry skin. That isn’t just on your face, but your entire body. Use creams which are typically more moisturising as they do a much better job at protecting against temperature and humidity extremes. Active Agents to Consider:

  • Magnesium and Calcium — Salts containing magnesium and calcium improve barrier function of the skin and help dry skin or prevent its development.
  • Vitamin C — Vitamin C increases ceramide synthesis in the skin and causes more of the long-chain beneficial ceramides to be made. Both these effects help with dry skin.
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Macadamia Nut Oil
  • Rose Hip Seed Oil
  • Evening Primrose Oil
  • Vitamin E
  • Glycerol — Glycerol helps with moisturization. It does so by helping desmosome bridges between stratum corneum cells to degrade so the cells can be shed appropriately. Glycerol also helps the lipid molecules between cells provide a better barrier to water.
  • Hydroxy Acids — Both alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids assist with the proper shedding of dead skin cells. Alpha hydroxy acids encourage lipid synthesis in the intercellular areas, which improves barrier function and improves dry skin. Lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid, particularly improves ceramide synthesis.
  • Enzymes — enzymes help the desmosome connections between cells break-down so the cells can come apart and be shed.

Don’t skip sunscreen.

The sun damages skin every day, all year round. In fact, rather than sun protection we should think of daylight protection. Sun damage facts:

  • UVB: Harmful during the Summer months, UVB burns the skin and penetrates down to the epidermis
  • UVA: Penetrates to the dermis and is responsible for a huge 95% of UV rays, and 46% of sun-induced free radicals
  • Visible light: Affects the epidermis and dermis and is responsible for 33% of sun-induced free radicals. It’s a key cause of pigmentation.
  • Infrared-A: Penetrates to the dermis and hypodermis – worryingly, over 65% of infrared-A that reaches the skin penetrates to the dermis. Studies have also shown that more wrinkles are formed when skin is exposed to both UV and infrared-A in comparison to either alone
  • UVA, visible light and infrared-A are present all year round, penetrating cloud and glass

Cleanse and exfoliate.

Avoid harsh face washes and opt for a soft cream cleanser. Gently exfoliate the skin to help get rid of dry skin cells. Exfoliation is the removal of the tired, dead cells on the surface of the skin and is one of the most important aspects of your skincare routine for both face and body. Exfoliation not only increases blood circulation, which in turn helps you to achieve healthy and glowing skin. It also speeds up the skin renewal process, allowing new healthy cells to take their place. This process helps turn your complexion from dull and dry to bright, vibrant, and smooth. Because you are increasing blood circulation and lymphatic system, breaking down toxins and encouraging new skin cells to come through make sure to drink lots of water to help with draining of the toxins and help give the new cells a healthy glowing appearance. After exfoliation the skin is ready to absorb a good moisturizer.

Take shorter showers

As they can leave our skin crying out for moisture over the long-term. Opt for shorter more lukewarm baths and make sure to add oils, as they leave your skin soft and supple. Pat your skin dry afterwards and remember- add a layer of moisturizer from head to toe!

Don’t forget your hands.

Pay extra attention to them and remember to moisturise them each time you wash your hands. After exposing your hands to water, gently pat hands dry and apply a dollop of hand cream while skin is still damp to lock in moisture. Be sure to choose a smart formula that has natural, nourishing ingredients. Go for an oil-based rather than a water-based solution, as it’s more likely to help your skin retain moisture in the winter. Look for your hand cream to include hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, antioxidants, Shea butter and essential fatty acids for the most effective hydration possible. Keep a tube in your handbag, one near your desk and one at your sink, so you remember to apply throughout the day.

Kissable lips

Having healthy lips in winter, may be a dream come true for many of us. However, this winter we will be ready to tackle this problem! We share with you some great health care tips to get rid of unhealthy lips! Just follow these steps—and then pucker up!

  • Protect, protect, protect. Always keep your lips moisturized by applying a natural lip balm. For the winter season, you need to choose lip balms with extra moisturizing agents. The lip balms you choose should have a long lasting effect. They will keep your lips moisturized for a longer period of time. It’s an added advantage if the lip balm contains SPF in it.
  • Don't lick or pick.
    If you have dry lips, do anything but lick and pick them. If you do, you run the risk of making the situation worse and causing something called Lip Licker's Dermatitis. It starts out as red, irritated skin on the lips, but could then turn into a painful, unsightly ring around your entire mouth.
  • Exfoliate once a week.
    Yes, even your lips need a good scrub every now and then. This gets rid of excess skin for smooth lips ready to be hydrated.
  • Ingredients to consider: Shea Butter, Aloe Vera, Glycerin, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E, Coconut oil, Beeswax, Vitamin A and D.

Drink at least 8 glasses of water

Remember to hydrate from inside. Your skin needs extra moisture during cold, dry months. Herbal teas are also a great warming way to keep hydrated when it’s cold outside.

Boost winter skin health with nutrition

A good diet with plenty of healthy fruit and vegetables will ensure maximum benefit from antioxidants which help to strengthen the skin.

A trip to the spa can be the perfect answer to the winter blues and rejuvenate the skin while calming your mind. Come and visit the Wellbeing Spa….choose a relaxing massage with oils, hot stones or a comforting treatment to the skin with some calming music playing in the background…Bliss!!!

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