WINTER BEAUTY TIPS

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Skin can really suffer at this time of year. The cold and windy weather in combination with the dehydrating effects of central heating, can really do a number on our skin, leaving it dry and dull-looking, along with other problems such as chapped lips and cracked skin on our hands. Many of us change our lifestyle in winter too, eating less healthily, becoming less active and feeling less positive, which can take a further toll on our complexions. That dewy summer glow may seem like a far-off distant memory, but it is actually possible to achieve radiant skin in winter. Here’s how!

Protect Yourself

It is still essential to wear SPF on your face in winter, as the UVA rays, which cause damage and ageing are still there, even when you can’t see any sign of the sun! There are two kinds of SPF, providing either a chemical or a physical barrier. The latter are more natural, as they don’t contain chemicals, and they also provide the best protection. Look out for products containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. In addition, protect yourself from the elements by wrapping up warm and covering the delicate skin around your face, neck and hands with a scarf, gloves and hat.

Look after Your Lips

It is still essential to wear SPF on your face in winter, as the UVA rays, which cause damage and ageing are still there, even when you can’t see any sign of the sun! There are two kinds of SPF, providing either a chemical or a physical barrier. The latter are more natural, as they don’t contain chemicals, and they also provide the best protection. Look out for products containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. In addition, protect yourself from the elements by wrapping up warm and covering the delicate skin around your face, neck and hands with a scarf, gloves and hat.

Exfoliate

Exfoliating removes the dead skin cells that make skin look dull and dry. It also encourages skin cell renewal, which tends to naturally slow down with age. Using harsh exfoliators however, will strip your skin of its natural protective moisture barrier, so using a gentle product, max once or twice a week is enough. Products containing jojoba microbeads provide a gentle exfoliation and for extra-sensitive skin, natural fruit enzymes such as papaya extract break down dead cells without the need for abrasives. A weekly exfoliation of your body will also help prevent winter concerns, like scaly legs and dry knees and elbows.

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Moisturise & Stay Hydrated

Skin requires higher levels of moisture in winter, so swap your lightweight summer cream for one containing hyaluronic acid, which draws moisture into the skin. Taking hyaluronic acid internally will also your skin hold on to more water. When you apply moisturiser or night cream, a facial massage can help skin absorb the cream, as well as boosting circulation and radiance. Start at the neck, work upwards over your cheekbones, nose, around the eyes and then finish with your forehead. Don’t forget to moisturise your body daily too, applying a rich moisturiser or body oil within a few minutes of showering to lock in maximum moisture.

Cold water may not be too appealing when it’s so cold, however, staying hydrated is just as important in winter. Water hydrates the skin from the inside out, and counteracts the dehydrating effects of central heating. You can drink it warm with a squeeze of lemon or some cinnamon and apple slices, and look out for winter-warmer herbal and fruit teas you enjoy. Teas containing warming herbs and spices such as cinnamon and ginger will also help balance energy and improve circulation.

Essential Fats

Essential fats are a key part of your beauty regime, as they moisturise your skin from the inside, giving you supple and glowing skin. Oily fish are the best source and ideally should be included in your diet two or three times a week. Other good sources are nuts, seeds especially flax, pumpkin and chia seeds and avocadoes. Eating more fish is also great for your mood, so it’s great for those winter blues. Nuts, seeds and avocadoes also provide a healthy dose of vitamin E, another essential skin nutrient, which helps skin retain moisture, aids healing and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

Keep Moving

Movement is essential for good circulation, which carries nutrients and oxygen to feed your skin – the health of your skin is completely dependent on the nutrients it receives this way. This weather can be off-putting though, but try not to use this as an excuse. Instead, find ways to exercise indoors such as a dance or yoga class, the gym or even following an on-line workout video at home. Exercise also improves the functioning of the immune system, mood, energy levels and sleep quality.

Sleep Tight

Women who sleep less that 5 hours have more facial fine lines, poorer skin elasticity and skin that takes longer to recover from environmental stressors, according to an American study. 7-8 hours most nights is ideal if you can get it. Chamomile tea and Epsom salt baths help relax your body and get you ready for bed. Artificial light from computer screens on the other hand, suppresses the release of melatonin, the sleepy hormone so have a technology curfew an hour before you want to sleep. Also, turn the heating off at night to aid better quality sleep and prevent the heat drying your skin.

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Winter Skin Protector

Include Beauty & Go Winter Skin Protector as part of your skin care routine. Winter Skin Protector helps counteract the damaging effects of winter by strengthening your skin from the inside out. It contains ingredients to support your immune system, your general health and your energy levels, all of which can suffer at this time of year. The combination of real fruits, hyaluronic acid, collagen, Echinacea, royal jelly, Aloe Vera and MacroAntioxidants® protect your skin against harsh winter weather.

  • Protects skin against environmental damage
  • Improves skin barrier function
  • Moisturises skin from within
  • Powerful antioxidant protection against free radical damage and ageing
  • Supports a healthy immune system to keep you well this winter
  • Supports healthy hair and nails
  • Supports your body’s natural energy production, helping reduce fatigue