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Winter in Australia might not be as cold as in a lot of other places, but the cooler temperatures can still play havoc with your skin. To me, a sure sign that winter is here is when I start using my hand cream several times a day because my hands feel dry and flaky.
The same goes for most other body parts, especially the face. Of course you can simply switch to a richer skin cream and keep moisturising, but there are many other things that you can do to avoid dry winter skin. Samantha Taylor, beauty director at Bellabox shared a few great tips with us on how to combat winter skin:
This is key for luminous skin in cold conditions. Dry skin can impede your moisturiser or serum from absorbing into the skin. Exfoliate once a week if you have oily skin, twice a week if you have dry skin as it stimulates moisture and cell production. Look for an exfoliant with fruit acids such as AHA or BHAs, the tiny plastic spheres in physical exfoliators are being discovered in major bodies of water around the world and can be ingested by fish.
Skip hot showers
As much as a scalding hot shower feels amazing in the morning, it can actually rob the epidermis of oil, your skins natural protectant, leading to dry flaky perhaps even itchy skin. Hot water is not great for the fine capillaries on the face either, so aim for a warm shower rather than cranking up the hot water. If you are really tough, finish off with a blast of cold water to get your circulation pumping.
Moisturise your body
The skin is the body’s largest organ and it is often neglected, especially in winter. Apply a moisturiser when you get out from the shower to lock the moisture in. Don’t forget your feet and hands, slather on a thick moisturiser before bed and pop on a pair of cotton socks and/or gloves. Not very sexy, but your feet and hands will soak up the moisture overnight and you will wake up with lovely soft digits.
Invest in a humidifier
The combination of dry winter air and heating and then moving between the two can really dry your skin out. A humidifier increases the level of humidity in your home by putting moisture back into the air. Not only are humidifiers great for keeping your skin moist, they help keep colds at bay and may even stop snoring!
And remember, diet plays an important role as well. Besides drinking enough water, eating avocados and nuts will support your skin’s ability to lock in moisture thanks to their high level of antioxidants. Following these great tips, you’ll do your skin a big favour this winter.
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During the warmer months, keeping your skin soft and supple can be a challenge. A combination of dry warm days, swimming in chlorinated pools and a little too much UV can leave your skin feeling dry and dehydrated in no time.
Here’s a few simple key skincare tips to help you hold onto that dewy glow.
Keep your beauty routine simple
The cleaner your beauty and makeup routine, the better. Especially in the warmer months as your skin is already dealing with increased changes – being exposed to harsh sunlight which can lead to skin dehydration and warm days which means more sweating.
If you can afford to, keep your daytime makeup to a minimum. This is when heat is at its peak and you’re more likely to clog up your pores with makeup and perspiration. Leave your detailed makeup looks for the evening when you’re less likely to get hot and bothered.
Use a hydrating mask
This is a great way to plug back in that lost moisture after a long and hot day on the beach. Cloth face masks are especially good for thorough, instant moisturisation and hydration, as they are literally dripping with nutrients and sit right next to the dermal layer of skin. Try Skin Republic’s CoQ10 + Caviar Face Mask Sheet for intense hydration and improved skin elasticity.
Use an SPF
Use sunscreen and use it wisely. Starting the day with an SPF moisturiser should be the first step in your beauty routine. Opt for something that provides UVA and UVB protection to make sure you’ve got all bases covered.
If you’re out in the sunshine all day, remember a hat and be sure to reapply every few hours.
Use a spritzer
This is a handbag must-have especially for those long, hot summer days. When your skin is feeling down and dry, simply pump a few sprays onto your face, neck, arms and legs. Cool off and add back that lost hydration!
Easier said than done but you must drink water, and lots of it! There’s no point trying to keep your skin moisturised if you neglect nourishing your body from the inside out. We recommend eight glasses a day – and more if you’re out and about in the heat.
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Who doesn’t enjoy the occasional cocktail after a stressful day at work?
Sometimes going overboard or even binging on a night out can leave your mind, body, and even skin looking less than perfect. But how does alcohol really damage your skin from the inside out?
It is a well-known fact that alcohol dehydrates the entire body at a super-fast rate. As the biggest organ, your skin ultimately takes it the hardest; dry patches appear, the occasional breakout, and even chronic skin conditions such as rosacea can feel much worse.
Why is alcohol so dehydrating?
A few too many glasses of wine already adds pressure on the kidneys, which then work extra hard to remove all the excess water from your entire system. A normal production of vasopressin (which helps to retain water and constrict blood vessels), is then hindered, and makes the kidneys feel overworked. If you are planning a big night out, keep refilling that glass of water to keep your entire body hydrated until you get home.
How does it damage my skin?
Too much alcohol can damage the supply of Vitamin A found in the body, which ultimately makes skin look older, and it worse condition than it actually appears to be. Vitamin A is a fat-soluble source which helps to renew cells, and is found in a number of intensive skin and eye creams.
A lack of vitamins and minerals whilst drinking can have catastrophic results for your skin: it can lead to dry patches, eczema, itchiness, acne, and even more prominent lines and wrinkles. Sports drinks are packed electrolytes which help to quickly re-fuel the body, and reload moisture into dehydrated tissues.
Can alcohol make existing conditions worse?
Absolutely. Think of it like this; applying perfume on cracked, dry skin won’t make it better, it can only make situation so much worse. This is generally the same rule regarding alcohol. If you already suffer from split ends, brittle nails, and generally poor health, it can only heighten all of these symptoms, and make your entire body feel completely fatigued. Not to mention the proven link between alcohol and rosacea which can also lead to permanent disfigurement in the future.
Before you pick up that extra glass of wine, think about the consequences it can have on your body and mind.
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Cellulite is one of the most frustrating issues for women of all ages, sizes and ethnicities, and if you have it, welcome to the “over 80% of women above 20 years of age” club that develop it at some point in their lives.
Unfortunately for women it’s not only due in part to our hormonal profile and an excess of estrogens, but it’s also related to how many toxins our bodies are holding on to, and to the anatomy of our skin and the way in which our fat cells and receptors are distributed.
Fitness and health expert Alexa Towersey, listed by Lifestyle Asia as one of the Top 5 Toughest Personal Trainers in 2013, knows there is no miracle overnight cure to getting rid of cellulite. But there are ways to combat cellulite naturally by making some lifestyle changes. Here’s how:
1. Minimise your exposure to environmental toxins and pollutants
Go organic with your cosmetics and household products (check out www.ewg.org to find out how toxic your favourite brands are), don’t reheat your food in plastic containers, avoid soy products, and buy organic produce when possible. If you’re on a budget and need to prioritise, watch out for the pesticide laden “Dirty Dozen”: apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, nectarines, grapes, capsicum, potatoes, blueberries, lettuce and kale.
2. Eat nutritionally dense, high fiber and low GI foods to manage your blood sugar and reduce bodyfat
The worst offenders for cellulite are alcohol, caffeine and refined sugars. If you just can’t do without your glass of wine with dinner, stick to Sardinian and Spanish red wines, pinot and merlot which have some beneficial anti-oxidants.
3. Cellulite isn’t just a fat issue, it’s a skin issue
One of the reasons it may be so visible is that the collagen in your skin lacks optimal connective tissue structure. Eat foods that are rich in Vitamin C, high in collagen strengthening and anti-inflammatory vitamins and minerals, and have lots of essential fatty acids. Citrus fruits such as lemons, grapefruits and oranges are good choices, as are nuts and seeds. Plant based omega oils are a great supplement to increase fat burning, decrease inflammation and improve the health of our cell membranes.
4. Support your digestive system
Learn to love your cruciferous veges (broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale, cabbage and bok choy) which contain compounds that draw out excess estrogens, and include plenty of fiber which will then bind to and eliminate the waste products (flaxseeds, dark green leafy veges, fresh fruits, beans and lentils, steel-cut oats, buckwheat and barley). Raw apple cider vinegar in warm water is a strong digestive aid, and a really cheap and effective way to kickstart your system first thing in the morning. I’m a fan of includng a good quality probiotic and a plant based digestive enzyme.
5. Use resistance training to help rebalance your hormones and reshape your body
Hormonal imbalances can often show up as stubborn fat on different parts of your body, with estrogen dominating the hip and thigh region. You can effectively lean out your legs by telling your body to turn on your fat burning hormones and turn off your fat storing hormones. I recommend women include weights as part of their training program using a circuit style of high reps (15-25), moderate weight and low rest. For fans of spin classes, I’m sorry I’m about to ruin your day, but research has shown that spinning actually increases the intramuscular fat stores in the legs!
6. Reduce the appearance of cellulite by improving your circulation
Lymphatic drainage and detoxification channels using alternative body treatments such as acupuncture, lymphatic drainage massage, Epsom salts baths, body brushing and infra-red saunas will all help to reduce cellulite. Drinking plenty of water is also important for flushing out toxins.
What are your best tips for reducing the appearance of cellulite?