While it's heating up here in the southern hemisphere, for all our northern mamas, things are starting to get pretty chilly. Either way, seasonal change can wreak havoc on even the most moisturised and hydrated skin.
We've put together our top tips for maintaining skin health, minimising exposure and damage caused by extreme temperatures - hot or cold - and keeping dry skin at bay as the seasons change. Read on and keep your glow, mama!
The Add Effect
In colder weather, there is no better time of year to add oils to your bath or shower! When all you want to do is get your clothes on as quickly as you can, finding an alternate to massaging oil into your bod each day is key. Try adding a little Motherlover body oil to your bath or rub oil into your body before showering (in the bathroom, with the heater on!) and you'll notice the difference as it works its hydrating magic on even the driest skin.
SPF is a year round thing
Just because you can't see the sun, doesn't mean it isn't there... and so are the damaging UVA and UVB rays - A for ageing and B for burning. It's easy to remember SPF in summer, but as we move through the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn, it's important to continue to protect skin daily to prevent damage to the dermis and minimise pigmentation. Although the UV danger can be lower during these times, UV rays are still present and can often skin penetrate cloud cover.
Up your mask game
With less humidity in the air and therefore, less moisture, as well as keeping skin hydrated, maintaining your regular mask routine is a must. A mask, that both detoxifies (to remove any impurities and toxins in your system) and resurfaces (to remove dry dead skin cells) works exceptionally well through winter. Especially when natural oils are included to put the moisture back in once skin has detoxified.
Our mud mask, The 4am Set, is ideal to use once a week to keep your skin cells regenerating and your skin hydrated and glowing... no matter how cold it is outside!
Maintain your routine
Despite what you might think, a change in season is not actually the best time to switch up your skincare routine entirely. Increasing how often you hydrate your skin? Yes. Introducing 1 or 2 new products that are more season specific? Absolutely. But on the whole, consistency is key to preserving skin health.
Keep your routine consistent, adjust where you need to based on the change in temperatures [refer to Tip #1] and above all, keep your water intake high. It's easy in the colder months to drop off our internal hydration. It occurs to us more in the summer to drink much more water because it's hot and we're thirsty! But in winter, it can be one of the bigger contributors to dry skin and irritation. H20 to keep your glow!
Antioxidants come in many forms
No one is asking you to be a saint and at times we all indulge a little more than we plan to. Chocolate, coffee, red wine (if you're drinking) can all be considered taboo, but still offer plenty of benefits, including antioxidants! Look for quality over quantity, especially when it comes to wine. And remember to increase your water intake to balance and ensure your skin doesn't protest!
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