The cooler months instinctively bring about thoughts of home comforts, home-cooked meals and time indoors. We wrap ourselves up from top to toe and huddle near heaters and log fires. As romantic as this all sounds, the drier climate and indoor heat may start to take its toll on your skin. Scientists have estimated that your skin loses more than 25% of its ability to hold moisture in winter, making it feel drier and tighter (and in some cases more like a hessian sack than silky smooth).
Air-conditioning, sun-damage, chemicals and environmental pollutants dehydrate your skin even further, so before you go into permanent hibernation, let’s get your skin healthy and glowing even through winter.
Make sure the environment you live and work in is being kind to your thirsty skin. The drier the air the drier your skin will be. Consider placing a humidifier in the room where you spend the most time. This will help to restore your skin’s moisture levels.
Short Showers & Baths
As luxurious and comforting as a long hot shower or bath may feel on the coldest of days, they can exasperate the issue, strip your skin of its protective oils and leave you looking like an alligator. Definitely not the look we are going for, right?
Gently removing dead cells ensures that any treatments, moisturisers or oils reach the healthy skin cells below.
HOT TIP: A great natural mix of honey and sugar works like a bomb.
Apply a good quality hydration oil or body moisturiser to damp skin, every time you wash. Our Katavi Women’s Gold Body Oil is nature’s answer to thirsty skin. It conditions and moisturises thanks to cold-pressed Marula Oil. Thanks for having our back (arms, legs and front), mother nature.
Drink Plenty of Water
Sounds obvious right? Keep your skin hydrated from the inside. Drinking plenty of water is the best way to keep your skin hydrated.
Up the Fats
Just what everyone wants to hear in winter. A diet rich in all the happy healthy fats like omega-3s will help your body’s natural moisture & oil barriers. Protect those barriers means protecting your skin.
We hope those quick 6 tips will help you preserve your skin’s natural moisture this winter, and if you need a little help from nature, you can shop our Katavi Skincare Range HERE.