Nobody wants to turn up to a Christmas or New Year’s Eve party with red, inflamed skin. You want it looking as fresh as the winter wonderland outside but with the warm glow more reminiscent of the cheer indoors.
Just like you protect your skin from sunshine and heat in the summer you need to take preventative measures against skin damage during the winter. There are plenty of simple and affordable skin care routines to keep your skin hydrated, soft and glowing throughout the cold season and a rose water body spray is essential.
Here are a few others:
You know that painful raw skin you get around your nostrils from frequent nose blowing?
Aloe and Vitamin E-infused tissues are lightly infused with a gentle balm that reduces the irritation caused by normal tissue paper.
Some facial tissues even have a faint minty scent which helps unblock your sinuses. After using the tissues dab a non-clogging body lotion on the sensitive skin around your nose.
Soothe and Moisturize with Rose Water
When moisturizing your body use natural skin care products with nourishing ingredients instead of chemicals and artificial junk. Look for Vitamin E in particular as this anti-oxidizing oil invigorates the skin and fight off aging.
Your skin will also benefit from beauty products that contain rose water. Rose water has both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that hydrate your skin.
You can use a rose water mist in the morning and freshen up before bed by applying some rose water to your face.
Choose Natural Over Chemical
Be careful with your winter facial care products. A think cream or gel will result in product build-up on your skin.
Clay-based products, for example, are counter-productive because they draw moisture out of your skin.
What you want is an natural skin care product that blocks out the winter elements without clogging your pores.
Essential Oils are Essential
Treat consistently problematic areas with essential oils. Tea tree oil has antiseptic properties that fights acne; lavender oil is known to soothe irritated skin.
An essential oil body mist is a daily must or else simply dab some of the oil on a cotton swab and hold it against any blemishes on your skin for a few seconds.
Make Your Own Face Masks
Personalizing a natural and hydrating facial treatment to apply for 10-20 minutes twice a week can go a long way in keeping your skin nourished throughout the winter.
Honey is a natural antibacterial with intense moisturizing effects that will leave your skin with a gorgeous glow. Raw honey has long been known for its effectiveness in treating acne and eczema so make sure to include a couple tablespoons of the stuff!
Avocado contains oils similar to the natural oils that the human body produces and restores and reinvigorate the skin for a healthy glow.
Dermatologists would encourage you to use ripe bananas in a face mask as they contain not only heaps of potassium but Vitamin E and Vitamin C.
Aloe vera gel is a common ingredient in beauty products for dry skin and olive oil, similarly, is known for its hydrating properties. Include one of the two ingredients in your face mask for shimmering results.
Finally, add a little rose water which will function as a cleanser to remove the oils and dirt accumulated in your pores. If you want the face mask to double up as an exfoliator, pour in a little brown sugar or ground coffee.
Turn the Temperature Down
Try cutting down the number of blistering showers you take - or at least turn down the temperature a bit – to avoid drying out your skin and hair.
When you take a bath sprinkle a little baking soda into the water as it has detoxifying effects on the skin. Adding coconut oil will also help soften your skin; adding oatmeal will help treat itchy or irritated skin.
Shaving too much, especially during the winter months, will cause your skin to dry out and get irritated. If you really must shave use a moisturizing shaving gel as well as a clean, sharp razor.
Shaving should be the last thing you do in the bath as you want to give the water time to soften your follicles. Afterwards use a gentle body butter or spray natural rose water to soothe irritated skin.
Exfoliate and Hydrate Lips
Every time we lick our lips or take a sip of something, we wet our lips with moisture that is then exposed to the cold and can cause cracks, cuts or dryness. Use a natural balm (we love the Hurraw! Balms) to protect your lips from drying out and remove dead skin from your lips with an exfoliating and organic skin care product such as a natural lip scrub.
You can make your own lip scrub quite easily and give it a festive twist too. Mash together coconut oil, brown sugar and peppermint for a candy cane lip scrub. Alternatively, mix sugar, cinnamon, orange zest and butter together for a luscious scrub enriched with Vitamin C and jubilant flavours.