In winter the circulation to the skin slows and becomes a little sluggish. This means we perspire less and produce less sebum to cleanse, lubricate and moisturise our skin and cell turnover decreases. Combined with low levels of sunlight and the extremes of cold, harsh weather outdoors and the warm, drying artificial heat indoors, this is a recipe for dry, dull, rough and flaky skin. If your skin is sensitive, these factors can amplify, often leading to sore red patches.
But with some good preventative care - and the right repair products if you do have problems – it’s easy to care for the most sensitive skin in winter. Besides, a little extra care and pampering pays dividends and has the feel-good factor, something we can all appreciate in the depths of winter.
The first important step is daily cleansing, to stimulate the skin’s cell turnover and gently remove dirt and dead skin cells. For dry and mature skin, and especially sensitive skin, we recommend our Creamy Coconut Cleanser, or if you have normal to oily or combination skin, use our Lemon & Tea Tree Facial Wash.
Moisturising is especially important for drier skin and those prone to eczema which tends to worsen during the winter. Moisturise onto clean skin in the morning and again in the evening if your skin feels especially dry. Use a moisturiser naturally rich in antioxidant plant vitamins such as our Rose Moisturiser or the richer Avocado Replenishing Cream (for the face) and avoid any products containing petroleum oils as these provide no beneficial nutrients to the skin. Finish with Lip Silk for silky, glossy lips and crucial protection from the elements. Our lipsticks alone also provide excellent protection and moisture – of course with the added advantage of beautiful colour.
Now for extra sensitive skin protection! If you’re outside in windy or cold weather, rich balms like Ultra Rich or Calendula Balm with beeswax, raw shea butter and cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil provide a breathable shield for the skin. Herbs such as calendula, chamomile and hypericum soothe inflammation and promote healing and skin regeneration. Apply Ultra Rich or Calendula Balm sparingly to the face to block out icy winds. Pay particular attention to patches which are prone to eczema or redness and apply regularly before you head outdoors.
Our secret weapon for instant radiance is Superfruit Concentrate – a wonderful facial serum packed full of 100% organic vitamins that provides a fabulous nourishing boost and a touch of colour from its glorious antioxidant fruits of rosehips, pomegranate, sea buckthorn and avocado. Just a couple of drops is all that’s needed, either alone or on top of your moisturiser to have you feeling and looking like summer’s just around the corner!
Good mineral makeup really comes into its own for sensitive skin in winter as it provides breathable protection. - And particularly our makeup; with its exclusively natural plant base, all Essential Care makeup provides active moisture and protection. The concealer for example serves a triple purpose of protecting the skin with gorgeous virgin coconut oil and minerals, helping repair with a generous helping of herbal extracts and provides tone correction / cover-up where needed. Don’t be tempted to overload the skin with foundations in winter – it’s still important to let your skin breathe.