Aloha everyone, on this horrible, rainy day in the UK! In today’s post I am working with superfood gurus Aloha to bring you a selection of my tips and tricks to help keep that summery glow to your skin even during the coldest, darkest days of winter.
Even though I spend most of my time indoors (what?! It’s where my laptop is!) I still take the time to maintain my skincare routine, and I do it in a variety of ways. Skincare is doubly, triply important in the winter as not only do you have the harsh cold winds and snow outside to deal with, there’s also the increase in central heating or air con in homes and offices, and sometimes, your skin just can’t take it and will break out. I’ll never forget how horribly dry and rough my hands got last winter when I was working in an office which had over-zealous air con.
My tips and tricks range from skincare techniques to diet and include a bit of health and wellbeing help to keep your skin glowing and ready for the winter!
1.) Silk pillowcases
Some time ago, I went to a sales pitch interview, and while I was there, I met a woman who swore by silk pillowcases for skin and hair-care. She had the most perfectly clear skin and perfect hair I’d ever seen, so it must work! Her theory was that silk allows the skin to breathe properly at night, rather than get stifled by cotton or polyster. The soft threads of the case also promoted skin’s natural cleansing process, and allowed skin to rejuvenate overnight. I’ve been itching to try this technique out ever since I met her as it seems to really work!
2.) After you’ve washed your face, rinse it in cold water
This tip comes from my Dad, who has the clearest skin of anyone I have ever met (if only he passed the genes on!) and my gosh, does it work. After you’ve gone through your skincare routine using hot water, your pores will be wide open. If you leave it like this, it’s much, much easier for dirt to get in them and give you a nasty outbreak! However, if you splash your face with cold water, you’ll close your pores and have clearer skin and keep that glow.
3.) Use a moisturiser with sun cream in
A beauty tip from the beautiful queen of Burlesque Dita Von Teese, moisturiser with sun cream (or at least some SPF) is a lifesaver. Dita Von Teese has gorgeous porcelain skin all year-round, and this is one of her tips. Even during the winter, the sun is still shining and sending harmful UV rays at your skin, so any type of protection is important. Using SPF keeps your skin from burning (yes, it can happen during winter!) and helps keep your tan just that little bit longer. As far as moisturisers with SPF go, I would recommend Superdrug’s Vitamin E Day Cream with SPF 15, or their B Confident CC Cream with SPF 45 (!)
4.) Tea Tree Oil
This tip comes from fellow blogger Beverbeee (she is the loveliest, check her out!) who swears by tea tree oil for skincare related woes. Feel a bump of a spot coming on? Put a dab of tea tree oil on and leave it, and it’ll calm right down! As someone with problem skin this tip has saved me many times! Even better, the Body Shop has a tea tree line which is pretty fab and suits most skin types.
5.) Drink lots of water
This is so important! Keeping hydrated is one of the most important things to maintain a healthy glow. The best way to make sure you’re drinking enough water is to set reminders on your phone (the app Waterlogged for iphones sounds pretty great) or just get a big bottle, fill it up and keep it near you! If you think the taste of water is pretty bland, you can always get one of those fancy infusion bottles and throw some fruit or veggies in there for more taste and more health benefits!
6.) Eat plenty of fruit & veg
This is where Aloha comes in! Their website has loads of healthy, delicious recipes to help you on your way and they all incorporate plenty of healthy food. I plan on trying out homemade Twix bites (Twix = life) the strawberry and banana fruit smoothie, and superfood donuts (who said eating healthy was boring?) to add a bit more fruit and veg to my diet. Aloha has loads of recipes for meals at all times of the day and snacks and all of them feature straight forward recipes and instructions. Heavenly!
6.) Stress relief
I feel somewhat hypocritical mentioning this as I am not good at stress relief. However, this is where you can learn from my mistakes! Stress makes the body freak out. It doesn’t cope well with it at all. So, if you have a good method of stress relief which you find works, you’ll see the effects in your face and your within your mind. Whatever your method, keep it up to maintain that glow from your carefree summer!
My thanks to Aloha for reaching out to me to share my tips for maintaining that summer glow! Check their website out for some superb healthy recipes and food. Sadly, they don’t deliver to us folks in the UK just yet, but to all my American readers, I strongly recommend it. They offer a free trial of protein bars for only $2.50 shipping which is well worth a look.