Quick solutions for when your skin is behaving badly...
There is something about living between the freezing outdoor temperatures of winter and the warmth of central heated rooms that makes skin behave peculiarly. One minute too dry, the next too oily. We develop undesirable flaky patches under our layers of clothing and our faces can show the visible hallmarks of having a streaming cold for weeks on end.
So when your skin starts to act up, here’s what to do…
1. Flaky brows:
It’s common enough when washing our face to forget to go over our brows. As a result, dead cells build up between the hairs, giving the appearance of flakiness – or “brow dandruff”. The solution is to exfoliate two to three times a week using our Gentle Rose Exfoliator – ensuring that you go over those brows. If you still spot a few stray flakes after applying your make-up, you can always catch them with a (clean) toothbrush which is also great for brushing them into shape.
2. A red, raw nose:
We all know the constant sniffing and sneezing and blowing of our nose – it just goes hand in hand with winter. Unfortunately, all that wiping and blowing is abrasive on the delicate skin around the nose – so no wonder it becomes red and sore. To soothe the skin and quell the redness, pat a little of our S.O.S Emergency Cream onto the area and reapply after every time you blow. Be sure to gently cleanse the area before bedtime to remove all traces of make-up – then slather on the S.O.S Emergency Cream, adding a drop of our Superfood Facial Oil into the mix for an extra, hydrating boost.
3. Cracks at the side of your mouth:
These irritating and painful cracks can often appear after a spell of having very dry lips – or if you’ve simply been feeling run down over the winter months. According to nutritionists, cracks can be caused by a lack of iron, zinc or B vitamins. So vary your diet with lots of eggs, poultry, spinach, beetroot, sunflower seeds, mushrooms and dark chocolate. Keep our Lip Revive Conditioning Balm in your bag to avoid dry lips before cracking occurs. This petroleum free lip reviver is formulated with a nourishing White Beeswax base, is rich in vitamins, and blended with Peppermint to cool and smooth. Alternatively, apply a dab of Maximum Moisture Day Cream to the lips and the skin around the mouth. This day cream contains Myrothamnus and Tamarind, both unique desert plants which are known for their ability to adapt to extreme climatic fluctuations. This formula will adjust to your skin's needs while providing continuous hydration and actively helping to protect against environmental toxins. Combined with the moisturizing virtues of African Baobab Tree, Saw Palmetto Berries and Black Poplar Bud, rich in trace elements and vitamins, skin is perfectly hydrated and energized.
4. Scaly hips:
One of the more bizarre skin issues that crops up during winter is itchy, scaly hips. This is often simply a form of dermatitis aggravated by cold weather conditions, hot baths, and the fact that the area sits beneath our waistbands, which shift frequently throughout the day. Applying our Skin Nourishing Body Cream immediately after having a (warm, not hot) bath or shower, while the skin is still damp will help. Carry a Hydra-Boost Sensitive Day Cream travel size around in your handbag, and you can pop some on every time your clothes feel like they’re rubbing and irritating the area.
Ready to tackle those skin woes this Winter? Keep these on hand…