With Winter just around the corner, this means we can expect dryer skin, less sun exposure, the tendency to eat more and a feeling of wanting to do nothing but stay in the warmth of your bed all day. With this in mind, it is important that we adjust our daily routine to take care of our skin and body during this time.
When it comes to skin, the colder seasons will see a lot of dryness and patchiness in your skin (face and body)! One great way to keep your skin moisturised is coconut oil! This stuff can basically be used as an all over beauty product for softer feeling skin. Use it as a moisturiser, lip balm, or even as a great makeup remover!
Try adding an oil or serum to your skincare routine in winter. This will just give your skin that extra bit of concentrated moisture that you might not need in summer. Another great way to lock in the moisture on your face is an easy at home DIY face mask! One of my favourites is avocado, mixed with egg whites and lemon juice. Use this face mask once a week and your skin will thank you for it!
When it comes to your body, don’t forget to moisturise as much as you can (coconut oil can be used for this too)! The cooler air will make your skin look and feel dryer than the summer months. If your skin is feeling extra dry, try an exfoliator to get rid of any dead skin. An exfoliator with oils will also help really moisturise your skin! Although it is tempting to stand in the shower under scolding hot water, try keeping your shower water to a warm temperature – the hot water can often dry out the skin, which is the last thing we need in winter!
Now, let’s talk Vitamins. Vitamin D is a great one to take in winter, as the lack of exposure to sunlight means less Vitamin D for your body! Vitamin D helps maintain normal blood levels and has been proven to support a healthy immune system and be a mood lifter. Another popular one for winter is Vitamin C. We all know that although it can’t prevent you from getting a cold, Vitamin C helps boost your immune system and can therefore help fight of bacteria and prevent you from picking up sickness from others or it can sometimes also reduce the length of your sickness by a day or two!
Now in winter it is extremely common for the cold weather to encourage some people to stay in bed, have lazy days and feel a lower amount of energy than they normally do. Iron is a great way to give your energy levels a boost in the winter months! This is a great way to keep you exercising in winter which is important to keep up during the colder months. Although there is far less motivation to exercise in the cooler months as most of the time your body is covered up under layers of clothes, exercise is still important to keep your body in tip top condition! Exercising also releases endorphins which is another mood booster for the winter months!
So there you have it, my top tips for looking after your skin and body over the Winter! Don’t let the cold weather get you down, and remember, coconut oil can be used for everything so stock up before everyone finds out about this beauty secret!
Article from Brooke Pagel. Brooke works as a naturopath at Good Price Pharmacy Warehouse. Good Price Pharmacy Warehouse has become one of Australia’s leading retailers in health, beauty and medicinal products. Please visit www.goodpricepharmacy.com.au for more information or to shop online!