Did you know that just a two-degree drop in temperatures can rob skin of essential moisture? While dry skin can happen anytime of the year, it’s more prevalent in the winter months because factors like indoor heating, coupled with cold, icy winds and a drop in temperatures have the ability to sap moisture from the skin.
Here are my top five tips for keeping my skin smooth and hydrated in winter:
Moisturiser is much more effective on a skin that’s just been exfoliated. Because exfoliation removes the top layer of dead skin cells, the products you apply thereafter can penetrate much better and really do the job they’re meant to. Also, once you’ve exfoliated your body, you’ll notice how much softer and smoother your skin feels. Try exfoliating your skin at least once to twice a week. While there are many amazing scrubs on the market, this really is one product you can whip up yourself. I’ve been making my own brown sugar scrub for years now – here’s my recipe:
Brown Sugar Scrub
In a bowl combine the following:
- 1 x handful of brown sugar
- 2 x tablespoons of Bio-Oil
- 2 x drops of your favourite essential oil (I like lavender or rose)
Massage scrub all over the body (concentrating on knees & elbows) in circular movements. Rinse off with water.
2. Invest in a Humidifier
The best thing I ever did for my skin and hair, was invest in a humidifier. If you sleep with a heater in your bedroom, you can be assured that the moisture levels are very low, which leads to the skin drying out. A humidifier will replace that lost moisture in the air and you’ll wake up with hydrated, dewey skin and shiny, soft hair.
3. Skip the bar soap
The old bar of soap can be so drying for the skin. Rather opt for creamy body washes, which don’t strip the skin of essential moisture. Remember to moisturise the skin after your bath or shower. I apply Bio-Oil all over my body and like that the formula absorbs quickly, without leaving a greasy film on my skin.
4. Pimp your moisturiser
Did you know that you can add a few drops of Bio-Oil to plain old aqueous cream to make it even more effective? I also sometimes add a drop or two to my night cream when my skin really needs a moisture boost.
5. Avoid bathing & showering in very hot water
I know this is difficult, but bathing and showering in really hot water dries skin out. Avoid the temptation by limiting yourself to a few minutes in the shower. When taking a bath, keep the water lukewarm and add a few drops of Bio-Oil to help keep skin supple.
A few other uses for Bio-Oil
- Dry, itchy scalp? Add a few drops of Bio-Oil to your shampoo to reduce itching and flaking.
- Use Bio-Oil to nourish dry lips and cuticles.
- Mix a tiny bit of Bio-Oil with your foundation to hydrate the skin and give it a gorgeous glow.
- Tame flyaway hairs with a little Bio-Oil, rubbed into hand and smoothed over hair.
Bio-Oil contains no preservatives, is dermatologically tested, hypo-allergenic, non-acnegenic and suitable for all ages and skin types. Bio-Oil is available at pharmacies and selected retail outlets nationwide in 60ml (R49.99), 125ml (R74.99) and 200ml (R104.99).
For further information visit www.bio-oil.com
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