Our skin is the largest organ of the human body and very important to maintaining good health, it is the barrier between us and the outside world, germs, toxins, good and bad bacteria.
Our skin keeps us safe from the nasties and if we look after it, can provide us many health benefits. Having dry skin in winter and super oily skin in summer can often be frustrating. But why is this so and what can we do to keep our skin at a neural level of health all year long?
In summer our skin can be really oily and due to sweat, may have pimples that trace around the hair-line. To ensure skin is clean every morning and night, remove all make-up thoroughly, with a warm and wet face-cloth. Once clean, rinse the face with cold water to close the pores. This will prevent dirt from entering the skin over night and during the day. Avoid heavy make-up and go for a concealer or light mineral powder. Ensure to still use a light moisturiser that contains sunscreen to avoid skin cell damage from the harsh UV rays that summer provides.
The wind picks up and the leaves start to fall, so does the quality of our skin. When the temperature outside changes, the temperature of our skin changes too. With these changes, dry and often flaky skin can occur. Keep skin moisturised with a day cream in the morning, a hand cream and a good quality body moisturiser. When our skin gets too dry, it can cause sores and scabs from itching away the dry skin.
Don’t forget your lips, a super sensitive area to strong winds, our lips need some love and care too. Use a moisture rich lip balm or pawpaw cream to keep them moist and chap free.
When the deep chill settles, we layer up and and our skin is not exposed regularly to the sun. It is important to try and get some vitamin D on your skin and maintain a healthy level of the Vitamin.
If scaly legs are a problem for you, invest in a good quality moisturiser and use it every day! Yes, not once a week. Moisturising your skin is not a one off and for optimal results must be done regularly. Colder weather has a deeper impact on our skin and it can really dry out. Take care of it. Coconut oil is good scalp moisturiser for winter that you can leave on for 10 minutes before washing off with hot water and then dry hair before bed.
Spring is a good month for the skin, with a nice balance of cooler and warmer days, our skin can maintain good oil levels, without pimples and less dry skin due to a decent level of sun exposure. In spring it is important to still wear sunscreen if you are outside and maintain your normal skin cleaning routine. This may be simply washing your face with warm water and a light foam cleanser or the full 9 yards with a cleanser, toner and moisturiser. A face mask or face steam are also recommended for spring as your skin can recover quicker.
Did you know?
The skin regenerates itself every month, which means we need to be sure we are getting rid of the dead skin and allow the new skin to come through without the interference of old cells. Try using a gentle facial scrub, like a coffee and seaweed mix or make your own with white sugar, honey and some coconut oil. Gently rub in circles on a pre-washed face, then rise off with warm water. Do this once a week.
Other factors to consider:
Our diet has a major influence over our outward appearance. Without the right nutrients or an overdose of fatty, high sugary foods, can trigger break-outs and even dry patches.
When we are stressed, out skin breaks out with “stress pimples” this is the bodies way of trying to release excess hormones and chemicals produced by the adrenals when we are stressed. Try meditation, getting more sleep, yoga or simply breathing deeply. By looking after both our mental and physical health with the same enthusiasm we are setting ourselves up for a healthier and happier life, oh and of course, better skin!
Is suffer with sensitive skin, your skin is already suffering, add the seasonal changes on top and you really have yourself in a skin pickle. Try making your own face masks and using dermatological tested products. Always test a patch of skin on the back of your hand before applying to your face.