As the dark nights draw in and the temperatures fall into Fall, we’re reminded that dry, flaky, chapped-skin season is just around the corner. Don’t let the cold winds of chap and chafe you, instead stay smooth, soft, and supple with our essential fall skin care tips… The lower temperatures, combined with low humidity and blustery winds tend to deplete skin of its natural lipid layer, which keeps the skin from drying out. On top, the dry air from car heating, central heating, open fires and such like also suck the moisture out of skin… so to prevent dry, cracked skin we need to rethink things: it’s not about lathering pot after pot of moisture to the skin, but to simply keep moisture in. By getting back to basics we realize the simplicity of what goes into the lotions and potions we put on our skin.Tip 1: Scrub, Scrub, Scrub! Sugar Scrubs polish and moisturize your skin, massaging off dead skin cells and rubbing away hard and flaky skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth. Scrub or polishing products usually include an oil base that moisturizes and soothes your skin as it is scrubbed. A scrub can be really invigorating as well, and improve the circulation of blood and lymph to the surface of the skin, helping to fight cellulite and improve your skin tone Directions: Stand in the bath or shower and rub on in circular motions and making sure to not forget your face as well which, during winter months is more exposed that the rest of your body. Tip 2: Keep water lukewarm, not hot… As much as a hot bath feels synonymous with long crisp country walks, hot water robs the skin of moisture causing dry skin, so it’s best to bath and shower in lukewarm water, or at best, keep hot baths short. Hot tubs are also a no-no as the temperature, combined with drying chemicals, is torture on dry skin. The same rule applies to hand-washing: Wash hands in lukewarm, never hot, water (this is a rule I firmly abide by). If your skin turns red, the water is simply too hot. Tip 3: Choose you soap wisely Commercially mass produced soaps can be drying, not to mention being crammed full of synthetics. Opt for a 100% natural vegetable soap, ideally handmade in the cold processed way or buy organic. A good soap is the foundation to all skin care and will help moisturize and lock in the goodness… xo Kimberley
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