- The transition to winter can be a tough time for your poor skin. A significant reduction in Vitamin D, harsh central heating indoors and bitter cold air outdoors can result in dry, flakey and pretty dull complexions all round, as well as cracked lips and brittle hands. As the days get shorter and your knitwear game gets stronger, the change in season is also a great time to update your beauty routine and ensure your skin is well looked after during these crisp months. Here are our top tips on surviving the chill!
A face mask is a fantastic way to provide skin with a much needed nourishment kick, acting as an intensive treatment to skin suffering from winter climates. Skin tends to dry out during the winter as it acclimatises to the drop in temperature and humidity, so it’s best to opt for a hydrating and moisturising mask. Face masks are super easy to whip up at home and we’d recommend using ingredients high in essential fatty acids, vitamins A and C and antioxidants - all of which will help to promote hydrated, rejuvenated and glowing skin. Think avocados, bananas, grapefruits and honey. Non-abrasive or gentle exfoliators are also a great way to slough away dry and flakey skin, leaving behind fresh and bright complexions! Oats are a super-gentle option, as well as yogurt or milk that are naturally high in exfoliating acids.
Our favourite recipe is super simple:
- 1 tablespoon oats
- 1 teaspoon yogurt
- 1 teaspoon honey
- OPTIONAL: 1 teaspoon BYBI Detox Dust
The addition of Detox Dust will not only help brighten with ingredients like ginseng and papaya, but will also help to draw out toxins and impurities. Mixed with the super moisturising honey and exfoliating oats/yogurt, skin will be soft, supple and glowing!
Invest in a great oil
Oils are a fantastic way to moisturise skin as they have a great ability to penetrate and truly hydrate. The cold climate can encourage the skin’s natural oils to decrease, breaking down the natural moisture barrier. Even if you ordinarily suffer from oily or combination skin, the right oil can help to actually hydrate the skin whilst balancing and helping to stop overproduction of sebum. Investing in a great face oil or serum will ensure that your skin is kept soft and healthy even in the depths of winter. We’d recommend looking for the following ingredients, or just investing in a bottle of these oils and applying straight to the face!
- Normally dry skin: Squalane is a wonderfully nourishing oil that has the ability to absorb almost instantly. It’s a great antioxidant which means it’ll help promote skin cell rejuvenation, helping to rid of particularly dry or flakey skin. BYBI’s Supercharge Serum contains large amounts of squalane and makes for the perfect nighttime corrective treatment.
- Normally oily/combination skin: Jojoba oil is a fantastic way to balance out typically oily or greasy skin. It’s similar in structure to sebum, so helps to stabalise and stop the overproduction, whilst also hydrating.
- Sensitive skin: Calendula oil is an incredibly soothing oil that’s perfect for sensitive or irritated winter skin. It has anti-inflammatory properties that will help calm and smooth, whilst also being high in Vitamins B and C which will brighten and nourish. BYBI Beauty’s Babe Balm has calendula as its base and is perfect for sensitive skin types.
Don’t forget about your body
It can be easy to get swept up in making sure your winter skincare game is on point and forget about the skin on the rest of your body! Hands, feet, legs, elbows and knees also suffer from dry central heating, a lack of sunshine and bitter winds. Whilst you may not be flashing the flesh in the depths of winter, there are a couple of quick ways to ensure your body stays baby-soft and well nourished! Here’s how:
- A bath soak is a great way to nourish from head to toe. It’s easy to throw together a homemade recipe using Epsom Salts and your favourite essential oil (we like lavender). Mix together and decant into a bath before you get in. The salts are the perfect way to detox whilst soothing brittle skin and the lavender moisturises and calms.
- Exfoliating a few times a week is the best way to budge dead skin cells and promote new, supple skin. We love using ground coffee and coconut oil - it literally takes two seconds to whip up and provides an incredibly moisturising scrub that will perk up dull skin and deeply moisturise all over.
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