5 Ways to Avoid Dry Skin and Prevent Ageing Skin in WINTER

Posted on August 11, 2014 | Posted under Anti-ageing, Bestseller, cleanse skincare, Dry Shampoo, Haircare, Kosmea, max green alchemy, Natural, natural + organic skincare boutique, S.W Basics, Skin Care, Skin Routine, Skin type, skincando, skincare products, Winter | 0 Comments


In winter our skin gets dry and it’s harder to keep it hydrated and looking healthy. The lack of moisture in the air combined with the heaters and fires indoors and the harsher external elements that your skin is the buffer to causes dry, flaky, irritated skin that can be prone to blemishes and breakouts and also leads to premature skin ageing.


By changing your skin routine over the colder months you will ensure you maintain healthy, glowing skin and combat premature ageing of your skin. 


Here are 5 ways to avoid dry skin and prevent skin ageing in WINTER;


1. Get familiar with using oils on your skin


Winter is a great time to use oils on your skin as both indoor and outdoor conditions can often leave your skin dry and irritated. For first time oil users or those new to using oil, always remember your skin shouldn't feel “oily” after you have applied it. Oils should absorb into your skin within about 30 seconds, if it doesn't, you are probably using too much. Oils are best applied following cleansing when your skin is clean and the pores are open. Always opt for fragrance free based oils where possible to avoid any unnecessary chemicals that can increase the effects of ageing and dry out your skin further. One of our favourite oils is the Elemini Oil from Max Green Alchemy. It comes in 3 different formulas specifically designed for dry, normal or oily skin. It is a blend of organic essential oils which help nourish, balance and restore radiance to your skin. It is the perfect oil for those new to oils as well as the old timers! Always remember a little bit goes along way. 




2. Try to minimise the amount of water used in your moisturisers


Water based moisturisers can evaporate instead of absorbing into and nourishing your skin. They are also traditionally filled with preservatives and toxins which can react with your skin, stripping it of essential nutrients which can lead to damage and premature ageing. Not all water based moisturisers have the same properties and many are combined with great oils which make them exceptions to this rule. The key here is if the moisturiser does contain water to make sure it does not contain any nasty preservatives and is full of lovely oils and essential nutrients. A great example is Skincando’s Miracle Cream. This cream is made with cold processed fresh ingredients and also includes vitamins a + e, organic rose geranium oil and essential fatty acids which rapidly hydrate your skin and restore balance.



3. Use non-alcohol based makeup removers 


Alcohol based makeup removers can strip your skin of natural oils and nutrients which can lead to dry, irritated skin. By using an oil based makeup remover you will ensure your skin stays hydrated and nourished in the harsh winter conditions and it will prevent premature ageing. We recommend using the SW basics Makeup Remover which is super-light and made up of organic sweet almond oil, organic extra-virgin olive oil, and a little jojoba oil. Nice and simple! This doubles as a beautifully light moisturiser to keep your skin rich and nourished after removing your makeup. 



4. Don’t forget about the sunscreen


When it is chilly outside and you are desperately looking for some rays of sunshine to keep warm, it is easy to forget that the sun damages and ages your skin all year round, especially here in Australia. This is why it is essential to introduce a sunscreen into your daily routine. No excuses! We like to use a light sunscreen like the Kosmea 30+ Natural Sunscreen. It will help protect your skin, prevent damage and reduce the ageing effects. 



5. Don’t have super long, hot, showers


In winter when we seek comfort from the cold, we tend to increase the temperature of our showers, often so it is steaming hot! The hot water dehydrates damages and irritates your delicate skin. A good compromise, to minimise this is to reduce the temperate of the shower to warm instead of hot for a few minutes before you get out. This cools your skin down and helps seal in moisture and maintain radiant, glowing skin through the colder months. 


Stay tuned for some more blogs coming your way over the upcoming weeks. If you have any questions you would like answered make sure you email us or contact us through Instagram or Facebook.

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