Updated: Feb 8
How to give your skin the care that is needed as we heading towards winter
As we transition into the winter season we want to nourish our skin even more. Wintertime can be cold and harsh. This can be hard on our skin and makes it look a bit dry and crusty. Especially if you like to wear some light foundation you want to keep it smooth that it stays on flawless. I have put some simple and efficient tips together to keep it glowing and radiating preventing your skin from getting dry and keeping it nourished from inside out!
When it comes to treating ourselves the best possible way we come to one of my core values:
How you live your life, what you eat, how you move and take care of yourself does show in how you look.
1) Food is your best skincare!
Eat fresh, healthy and organic food. Support your kidneys/bladder with seasonal and warm food. Soups are easy and delicious.
You can cook more and store future meals in your fridge.
Drink warm tea and/or warm water. Drinking warm tea is not only hydrating at a cellular level but also loaded with powerful antioxidants to boost your immune system. Nettle tea is my favorite as it has nourishing, diuretic, and anti-inflammatory properties, a natural beautifier to your skin and hair!
Pumpkin soup with ginger and a fresh, colourful salad
2) Skincare in the morning
Begin by wiping off the overnight product build-up with water or a gentle face cleanser. You can also use coconut-or sesame oil
Warm-up your skin. I use a warm cloth and pat it over my face. This way the oil or cream is absorbed better
During the cooler months, you might want to use a richer cream or face oil in the morning and night to keep it moisturized
In case your skin needs an extra boost - add a few drops of a rich serum
Nourish even more by using a natural skin toner with rose or a natural hydrating mist with jasmine - it balances and restores your skin’s ph level
Having beautiful radiant skin that is buzzing with energy means having healthy circulation and to achieve that…Massage and tap and massage and tap again…
3) Face Massage
Practice Abhyanga: This ancient form of self- massage will make you feel rejuvenated, soften your skin and contribute to a better overall skin tone. Massaging your skin will improve circulation and detoxification.This cannot be overestimated for its long-term role in maintaining health and beauty.
You can use
Pure, cold-pressed sesame oil
4) Makeup routine
Go for a liquid or cream-based foundation. That prevents your skin from drying out
My tip: add a little of your hydrofoil spray before applying or mix your foundation with a drop of your day cream or facial oil
Use as little face powder as possible. You want to keep shining!
5) Before you go to sleep!
Clean your face! You might not do it so intensely in the morning but if you want to that radiant skin you want to commit to a consistent evening personal care routine
Remove dirt from the day and especially your foundation
End your day again with a nice face massage
Go to bed early and enjoy a good and well rested sleep!
What else…. Oh yes! Move. Get the circulation going in your whole body. Start your day with yoga to stimulate, cycle to work - yes, even when it is cold. Have a walk outside. Integrate a connection practice like meditation, Qi gong or whatever you like during the day.
Our skin is a reflection of our deepest selves
Get in touch with yourself. Especially during the winter months, it is a good time to be more silent. Give your voice a break. Do a silent retreat. Connect with nature. Do some soul searching.
Live your life wholeheartedly, radiating vibrant health and beauty.
When it comes to skin care try to avoid these ingredients
Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate (SLS and SLES), Formaldehyde, Hydroquinone, Mercury (Thimerosal and Merthiolate), Parabens (Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben, Methylparaben, Propylparaben), Phthalates (DBP, DEHP, DEP), Synthetic Fragrance/Parfum ( source: Kirsten Arnett), Propylene Glycol, Triclosan