November, the last full month of Autumn, is the perfect balance of Autumn and Winter.
As we start to experience colder temperatures, this is the month for getting out those cosy jumpers and scarves, indulging in warm soups and comfort foods. A busy month too with all the pre-Christmas preparations.
It is also the month when we will most definitely start noticing a change in our skin. Therefore it is imperative to keep our skin hydrated and nourished in the winter months. Cold weather, low humidity and indoor heating strip our skin of moisture which can lead to dry, tight, itchy and problem skin.
Here are our top tips for looking after your skin in the Winter months.
1. Avoid very hot water. Use lukewarm water
It is very tempting to indulge in hot showers and baths when the weather is cold but doing this strips your skin of its natural oils and moisture. Therefore using lukewarm water even when washing face and hands, is advisable to help your skin retain its moisture.
2. Use a gentle Cleanser
Using harsh cleansers can dry out your skin so it is important to avoid those with ingredients and chemicals that can strip your skin of its moisture. Kypwell Gentle Herbal Cleansing Foam is the natural and organic alternative to mainstream cleansers. It is packed with herbs such as calendula, cypress, plantain, chamomile, elder, geranium and lavender and has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It is very gentle, calming and soothing on your skin.
Exfoliate your skin 2 - 3times times a week to remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, prevent pimples, smoothen your skin and to achieve healthy glowing skin. You will find that make-up goes on easier and looks better on clean, smooth and healthy skin.
A great face scrub to use is Vegan, Cruelty Free and Peta Certified Kypwell Regenerating Face Scrub. A gentle exfoliant that works deep leaving the skin smooth, revitalised and soft. It contains orange peel, apricot and almond kernels, chamomile and many more herbal extracts that work to renew your skin.
4. Use a good Facial Oil and Moisturiser
It is especially important to moisturise your skin immediately after you wash and using a facial oil with your moisturiser is a great way to give your skin that extra moisture it needs during the cold months.
We absolutely love Ilāpothecary Vitamin A C D & E Face Oil which contains a remedial mix of nutrient rich oils such as Arnica, Calendula, Borage and Rosehip combined with plant stem cells to smooth, soothe and calm your skin. It is the perfect facial oil for troubled skin or skin affected by seasonal change owing to its anti-inflammatory, calming and therapeutic properties. The ingredient Borage is known to effectively treat eczema and dermatitis. This fragrant facial oil also contains Sandalwood and Blue Chamomile which work to feed, nourish and balance your skin and is also organic, vegan and cruelty free.
We also love BYBI Supercharge Serum. This amazing serum is designed to feel like a dry oil and is absorbed into the skin almost instantly. It is a highly concentrated treatment which deeply penetrates the skin to promote rapid cell renewal and it has a beautiful natural, floral, citrusy fragrance! Natural, Vegan and Cruelty Free.
Dr Botanicals Apothecary Collection Kale Superfood Nourishing Day Moisturiser is the perfect day moisturiser for smooth, nourished and hydrated skin which also reduces the appearance of lines.
An effective night cream is Dr Botanicals Apothecary Collection Artichoke Superfood Firming Night Moisturiser which works at night to firm, brighten and hydrate the skin for a smoother looking complexion. Artichoke is high in antioxidants and is shown to help with uneven skin tone, prominent pores, and firming the skin. Also contains Grape Seed Oil which is also rich in antioxidants, fatty acids, and C, E, and D vitamins that work to hydrate, nourish and balance both dry and oily patches in the skin. Just perfect for your winter skincare routine.
Another great moisturiser is Kypwell 24 Hr Multi-Action Herbal Cream. A holistic blend of herbs, extracts, hydrolysed proteins and plant oil blends to nourish and moisturise your skin. It increases the production of collagen for radiant and rejuvenated skin.
Other products from our online store you might be interested in are BYBI Beauty Babe Balm, a multi-purpose balm that can be used anywhere on the body and BYBI Beauty Mega Mist for toning and hydrating your skin
5. Eat healthy foods and have a balanced diet
Having a healthy diet not only keeps us healthy on the inside but also plays an important role in how we look on the outside. With the skin being the largest organ of our body, it is vital that we look after it in from the inside out as eating and drinking the right foods manifest on the outside too.
To keep our skin nourished and hydrated, eating foods high in water content, protein and healthy fatty acids will greatly benefit our skin. Some suggestions are coriander, cucumber, celery, watermelon, avocado, kiwi, berries, salad leaves, apples, kale, papaya, pomegranate (just to name a few) and foods rich in Omega 3, 6 and vitamin C.
Now for some fun facts about the month of November as featured on our recent Instagram post!
Did you know that November gets it name from the word ‘Novem’ meaning ‘nine’? This is because it was originally the 9th month of the Roman calendar before January and February were added to the Julian and Gregorian Calendars. It is also the last of four months in the year to have a length of 30 days.
Have a wonderful November and we hope that you will enjoy indulging in 'Guilt Free Beauty and Wellbeing' with Origins of Beauty.