I hope you’re keeping well.
I’m posting today about the imminent change of season and how we can help our skin by perhaps making a few adjustments.
This post actually takes me back as it was one of the very first blog posts that I wrote on here. It would be very easy to just re-post again, however, I want to take the time to actually write a new one as there are some different things to add in.
I know at the moment we’re actually having gorgeous weather again, but the evenings are definitely chillier, giving us a sign of things to come.
Let’s take a look at the things that affect our skin, and the impact they may have:
Central heating, as much as it’s cosy and essential, it will leave your skin feeling and, looking dry and parched. It might have a feeling of tightness and look a little ruddy.
The outside weather conditions, in contrast to the central heating. Wind and cold can leave you red faced and with chapped lips. I have a few broken capillaries on my cheeks that are barely visible, but in extreme conditions such as very cold and windy, or very warm, they seem to show up more. Conditions such as eczema or rosacea could also flare up more than usual.
Less water and more ‘cosy’ hot drinks can be something that really makes a difference to our complexion. When it’s colder outside I think it is so much more alluring to ‘stick the kettle on’ than perhaps drink a cold glass of water. On typing this I actually went and filled up my Bobble bottle and made myself a green tea.
So, I’m going to give you some tips on keeping your skin glowing and beautiful from the inside out.
When it comes to cleansing your skin it might be a good idea for you to switch to something creamier or perhaps oil based. My favourite thing to do all year round, is to actually pre-cleanse my skin with grapeseed oil. I really give it a good massage in to my skin. It melts off makeup beautifully. I then tissue this off before cleansing my skin. My choice of cream cleanser is the Lemon Brightening Cream Cleanser. This is super creamy and smells divine. Your skin will be left feeling so soft afterwards. I also love the Multi-Acid Cleansing Gel. Although this is a gel and not creamy at all. It is very hydrating due to the panthenol and aloe. It will never leave your skin feeling tight.
Exfoliation is key to a smooth complexion and will help to get rid of any dry patches or flakiness. Both of the above cleansers actually mildy exfoliate with AHA’s and enzymes. However, I would also recommend to exfoliate twice a week with your product of choice. My favourites are the Microfibre Cloth and the Magnitone Pulsar. Both of these products will leave your skin smooth and glowing. Another treat I like to use once or twice a month is the Pumpkin Peel. It feels so appropriate in the colder months. I love lifting the lid and breathing in the pumpkin and spices aroma. This peel doesn’t ‘peel’ off skin so it’s not a product to be afraid of. It will literally dissolve dead, complexion dulling skin, to reveal new fresh skin underneath. It is also quite unique in that it delivers over 100 nutrients to the skin as it does this. Leaving you with glowing nourished skin.
Serums and creams to hydrate and nourish:
When it comes to the creams or serums you use, choose something a little richer and more hydrating. I still use all of my regular serums during the daytime, although I am now reaching for my gorgeous DNA Serum even more so lately (It feels like giving your skin the biggest drink). This serum is super hydrating and will become a daily use product again as we progress into much colder weather (although it is suitable all year round). Good ingredients for you to look out for in your products are Hyaluronic Acid. This ingredient really helps to plump and hydrate your complexion as it attracts and binds water to the skin. Ceramides are another fantastic ingredient. Ceramides are natural lipids and a major component in surface skin structure. Dry irritated skin often lacks in ceramides. This results in your skin’s barrier being compromised and more vulnerable to environmental changes etc. I absolutely love the NCN Volu-Lift Cream which contains both of these magical ingredients. My favourite thing to do is layer the Volu-Lift over the DNA Serum. It’s like wrapping your skin up in the cosiest blanket for the night. Your skin won’t have any opportunity to be remotely dry or dehydrated with these two.
A facial oil and body oil:
A nourishing oil is another great way to really increase the moisture in your skin. Natural organic plant oils are natures gift. Full of essential fatty acids and other gorgeous ingredients, these can really make a difference to your skin. It might be something you choose as a ‘treat’ a couple of evenings a week, or for those that really love an oil, it can be a daily use product. The product I choose to use on my face is the NCN Facial Oil Cocktail for dry/ageing/mature skin. It isn’t at all heavy. It is a combination of 8 organic plant oils that really feed and nourish my skin, whilst fighting the signs of ageing.
Don’t forget the SPF:
Yes it’s colder and perhaps more dull. The UV rays are still present and damaging though. Make sunscreen a daily habit just like brushing your teeth. Accumulative sun damage can creep up on you, and more importantly protecting your skin will help in the prevention of skin cancer. My sunscreen of choice is the award winning UltraSun. I choose to use an SPF 50+. UltraSun products are formulated without preservatives, fragrance and emulsifiers.
Give your skin a helping hand from within:
There are things you can really do to help your skin from the inside out. The first obvious one I think is to continue drinking plenty of water. It really makes such a difference to how I look and feel. On the days I drink less I really notice! A great thing to help you stay on track is the Bobble bottle. Carry one around with you so water is always available. This actually filters the water as you drink it.
Less tea and coffee and more green tea or herbal tea. The caffeine in tea and coffee is dehydrating to your skin. I know if I ever choose a coffee over a green tea, I can really feel the difference. It’s like I’m literally gasping for water afterwards. If you choose to drink these because you’re just not a fan of herbal tea, ramp up the water consumption to try and counteract the effects. Another ‘cosy’ drink to have when you’re feeling chilly, is warmed up almond or coconut milk with some raw cacoa powder and/or cinnamon. You could try this over a coffee maybe. If you add raw cacoa powder you’ll reap the benefits of some serious antioxidant power!
My anti-ageing youth elixir to drink every night before bed is the fabulous Collagen Shots. This magical drink contains 10,000 mg of Marine Extract Collagen per shot, as well as the super hydrating Hyaluronic Acid, B vitamins, vit C and Acai Berry. This has really been a skin transformer for me, alongside my beloved NCN products. It is so important to work from both the inside and the outside to really help your skin be the best it can be. This drink has really helped to increase my skin’s natural collagen levels by supplying all of the amino acids it needs to produce healthy collagen. You can read more about this on a previous post HERE.
Finally, what I like to do is to make sure I’m giving my body the essential fatty acids that it needs to keep my skin supple and well moisturised from within. Foods that contain these are, avocado, oily fish such as salmon and mackerel. Nuts and seeds. My favourite seed being the Chia seed which is so versatile.
I also like to top up my levels through supplements as I don’t always eat all of these things every day. This ensures that I’m still giving my body what it needs. I use Cod Liver Oil and Omega 3 Fish Oils from simplysupplements.co.uk. I get many of my supplements from here as they seem to have the super strength versions and often have offers on too. Using these makes a real difference to my skin. Not only that, I am running around 4-5 times a week now as I’m in training for a 10K in October and a half marathon in November. I’m really increasing my mileage and I often feel this in my knees (I have the knees of an old lady). I find that taking these supplements really helps with my joints and how I feel the next day after a run.
Next time on the blog I’ll be writing about an eczema product. Tried and tested on a dry patch with great results.