• 10 steps to relieving dry, winter skin naturally

    July 9, 2012 • BEAUTY

    Our step-by-step guide to protecting your skin and giving it the T.L.C. it needs to survive winter. Sensitivities, eczema, psoriasis and itchy skin are often made worse in the cold, dry weather. Natural products are ideal to combat dry winter skin because they don’t contain detergents or synthetic substances that dry and irritate skin. Plant oils closely resemble the oils in your skin and work to nourish the deep layers. Swapping from a chemical or petroleum-based product will make a difference and keep your skin glowing.

    1. Drink plenty of water
    To hydrate skin from the inside out and help carry nutrients to your skin cells, and eat lots of juicy fruit and vegies.

    2. Pull on an extra woolly and turn down the heater
    You’ll save energy and reduce the moisture loss from your skin.

    3. Keep showers and baths short and warm
    A tempting long hot shower will strip moisture from your skin…and we all know that short showers save water.

    4. Protect those lips with a great balm
    Men, women and children – no-one’s lips are safe in winter.

    Our suggestions: Suvana paw paw & honey organic balm, Hurraw and  Olieve lip balm

    5. Use gentle, creamy, plant-based natural cleansers
    Rinse your face with cold or lukewarm water. Ingredients such as sulphates, propylene glycol and alcohol can irritate and dry skin so avoid those. Remember, soap is not necessarily bad. It is the “free alkali” in soap that causes irritation. Good quality handmade plant oil soaps usually have the excess free alkali skimmed off the top and don’t contain artificial ingredients. Also use natural and organic shampoos and conditioners that avoid sulphates and chemicals can also cause itchy scalp and dry skin problems on your face and body.

    Our suggestions: Sanctum cream cleanser, Tinderbox cleanser,

    6. Use a natural moisturiser that nourishes your skin
    Mineral oil-based moisturisers form a layer on top of your skin to reduce moisture loss, rather than being absorbed in to lubricate and support the skin. Apply the moisturiser while your skin is damp. Intensive plant and essential oil skin boosters like rose hip, sweet almond and jojoba oils do wonders.

    Our suggestions (face): Kosmea organic rose hip oil,  Mokosh body butterOlieve body butter

    7. Exfoliate and hydrate
    Gentle exfoliation removes the dead cell layer making it easier for your skin to absorb moisturisers. Hydrating flower mists or masks help refresh dry skin.

    Our suggestions: Mokosh face cleansing powderSanctum tone & refresh mistSanctum body polish

    8. Exercise your face
    Daily facial muscle exercises will help improve dry skin and reduce wrinkles. Proof? Apparently men generally have fewer wrinkles than women because of the facial exercises they do every day when they shave. Best of all, it’s free and consumes no resources.

    9. Protect skin from the sun & wind
    Use a high SPF lotion containing plant oils which also create a protective barrier from wind.

    Our suggestions: UV Natural Suncreen SPF30

    10. Extra care for hard working hands
    Using a synthetic-free dishwashing detergent and castile soap is gentler and less drying. For emergency revival, before bed rub an oil-rich cream into your hands or feet and don gloves and socks for the night.

    Our suggestions: Ecologic dishwash liquid, Kin Kin naturals dishwash liquidMokosh hand moisturiser

    Stop press!!   Spread a little organic coconut oil over chapped lips to relieve sore and cracked lips.  Or rub coconut oil into your skin – it soaks in and is not greasy.   Because virgin coconut oil has the same pH and molecular structure as your skin’s own oil, it is the closest possible substitute for it to protect and moisturize. At the same time, coconut oil’s richness in natural anti-oxidants prevents the formation of damaging free radicals which can attack skin molecules and affect the health of skin cells, causing aged and wrinkled skin.  You can buy coconut oil at the Biome stores online Australia and in our stores.

     

    See our full range of Winter wonder products.