I am so happy to have a moment to myself to write on my blog for a change. 2017 started with a bang and it has been a little bit of a rat race trying to navigate my business, an almost full time job and not to mention all the other projects that I am busy with!
I dont know about anyone else, but my skin has been anything but flawless the past few weeks. Being busy is great, I am a born busybody, but this means that I often times compromise on looking after myself – all I am doing is looking after everybody else.
I can honestly say that I have not been all that good with my food choices in the past 6 weeks. Ok, so who doesn’t indulge in gorgeous seasonal treats over Christmas and new year! And not to mention still paying with bad skin and 3kgs of extra weight just for good measure? Did I also mention that my birthday was in-between all of the festivities?
Despite my lack of reaching for the green tea rather than a hot chocolate, the English weather has been particularly bitter the past few weeks! (Imagine Essex covered in a coat of frost, trees, shrubs, grass – even cobwebs!) Yup, January is not good to anyone’s skin!
I probably have one of the Oiliest T-zones I have ever seen and this area easily gets shiny. During summer months, when pores tend to be more open owing to perspiration, I am always desperately working on some “shine control”. Come winter, my skin gets dehydrated, dull and then I am left with having to hydrate more. Problem – in winter I get spots. Does this happen to you too?
Out of pure desperation I started splashing one product after the other onto my skin, hoping that it will solve the problem. Like any other human being, of course I get impatient when something doesn’t go to work instantly….
Duh, I am a skincare therapist, I should know better than trying to rush my skin into recovery…
With my clients I always work at understanding what it is that could trigger their different skin concerns. Well look, I have been doing this for a LONG time, but it doesn’t mean I will always know all the answers. We as human beings evolve in our species every day and this also means that everything around us does the same, including new diseases and skin disorders sticking it’s nasty head out. This is why scientific studies exists. And this means that our bodies, health and skin has to adapt to these evolving changes on our planet.
So two issues are happening with most people’s skins this times of year, especially in colder climates like in the UK.
Dry, dehydrated and dull skin
At the moment the British weather is to blame. We have seen -5 Celsius in Essex and I am sure it must be much worse in other parts of England. Alongside the harsh cold, we are also spending a lot of time snuggled up in our central heated homes and work places. Of course it is inevitable that viruses will be lurking around too.
Things that can also lead to severely dry skin are medications such as antibiotics, Reaccutaine, blood pressure medication, Warfarin and statins (for cholesterol)
Then you also have the usual culprits such as poor diet which equals poor nutritional uptake. Lack of omega 3 and 6 in the diet as well as fat soluble vitamins – A, D, E, K. (Vitamin D is especially important in women). Hard water as well as chlorinated water found in swimming pools also contributes to dry skin.
- Drink enough water – at least 6-8 glasses a day. If you prefer hot drinks, try having green tea or other caffeine free herbal teas
- Exfoliate – I am a great believer in exfoliation. If you do not get rid of dead skin cells 1-2 times a week, your moisturisers will only work on the surface and not treat the problem of dry skin
- Eat lots of fruits and vegetables – a term we use a lot in beauty is “Eat your water”
- Use a serum and moisturiser daily – AM and PM (I can assist in choosing your suitable product)
- Have a professional facial every 4 weeks – It really does make a difference!
Breakouts and Acne:
Ever wondered why your skin suddenly breaks out? The answer is simple and in reality, really obvious. With breakouts or acne, often times it is down to a hormonal imbalance. That aside, there are also trigger foods that can cause or increase congestion, painful lumps under the skin and pussy and inflamed acne – they are called inflammation causing foods. This includes wheat, gluten, refined sugar, diary and processed foods. Highly fatty foods are also triggers as well as caffeine.
We also wrap our heads in woolly hats and our necks and faces with scarves – this is also a major contributor
- Reduce or abolish intake of inflammatory foods
- Drink 4-6 cups of green tea every day (in my case I take 1 capsule a day that are equivalent to 7 cups)
- Kick start your digestive system with a cup of hot water and lemon juice or a teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar (in my case I take 3-6 small tablets a day in addition to Apple Cider vinegar)
- Cleanse your skin AM and PM, followed by a toner and appropriate treatment gel or serum
- Make sure you do not excercise with make up on. Cleanse your skin before a workout- you’ll thank me for this advice!
- Eat healthy – fruits and veggies are always high on my list. As I am not a huge fan of meat, I get my protein from Almonds which also contains vitamin E which is fabulous for skin health!
These are just basic tips to how your skin can improve this winter. If you would like some more advice, drop me a comment and I will get in touch with you 🤗
Thanks for reading!
~ Elize ~