26 Mar Winter Skin Prep

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You may not realise that with the change of seasons comes some dramatic changes for our skin. Out with the excessive humidity and in with the cold dry air. While less humidity may be a godsend for our hair it is not the case for your skin and scalp. A few changes to your skin care routine and a couple of specialised treatments will have your skin glowing throughout winter.

* Invest in a series of 2-3 microdermabrasion treatments. These treatments will help clear out any excess dirt and grime from the pores which can build up over summer from increased use of sunscreens and increased sweat. It will also greatly minimise any pigmentation and uneven skin tone. These treatments are deeply exfoliating and cleansing and your skin will feel brilliant.

* Step up your skin hydration, if you are using a fairly lightweight moisturiser look into getting a richer moisturiser for daily use. A specialised night cream will also help. Your skin is most receptive to active ingredients and hydrating ingredients when you are asleep.

* Start using a serum. If you don’t already use one add a specialised serum to your daily skin regimen. There are specialised serums for every concern, but my favourites and the ones I think are most effective are Vitamin A serums for resurfacing and smoothing skin tone and texture, Vitamin C serums for boosting hydration and smoothing texture, a serum with a glycolic or AHA in it- these are deeply and gently exfoliating and help to minimise pores and fine lines. If you can get a serum with all these in it, then even better!

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* For the body I suggest buying an exfoliating glove to use in the shower. Remove any excess dead, dry skin from the body 2-3 times a week. After your shower apply a nourishing body oil. After a few weeks of doing this your skin will look and feel amazingly soft and smooth.

* Regularly exfoliate your lips. I find the best way to do this is with an old toothbrush! Just load up your lips with natural lip balm or paw paw ointment and give them a gentle scrub. This rids them of those annoying flaky bits of dead skin and keep them soft and supple.

* If you are prone to an itchy scalp, before you go out and buy any treatments try taking fish oil supplements. I found that the boost of oils really calmed my scalp. Talk to your local health food store for more info on what supplement is right for you.