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Keep your skin glowing during the winter months

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As soon as temperatures and humidity levels plummet, our skin dries out as well. That is why our skin is normally drier during the winter season. With winter just around the corner, our skin cells rejuvenates slower, which causes a buildup as our circulation also gets more sluggish. Our skin becomes dehydrated, losing its flexibility and it could even become cracked, scaly and sometimes also itchy. Before you know it, your lovely summer glow is gone and fine lines are starting to show.

Keep your skin glowing

Keep your skin glowing

Don’t worry ladies! There are many easy, efficient home care remedies for dry skin, to help you through the winter months ahead.

• In winter time try more super-fatted soaps, in other words, soap that contains fats or oil such as cocoa butter, or coconut oil. Any other  harsh soap can strip your skin from its natural oils.

• One of the most important aspects of your beauty regime to keep up during the cold months is to regularly exfoliate. Exfoliation not only  helps to remove dead skin cells, it also helps your moisturizer to penetrate even deeper into the skin layers.

How to make your own fruity scrub

Fruity Scrub

Fruity Scrub

  • 2 tbsp. mashed banana• 2 tbsp. of mashed apple
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 2 drops of your own mild scrub

Mix together and apply to your face and neck in a gentle, circular movement for 2 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

Toner is also one of the facial products that are highly recommended to use during winter time. Toner will help to refine, soothe and moisturize the skin. If you do not use a toner, it could leave your pores open for more oil secretion  and moisture loss.

• If you moisturize your face and body with a closed bathroom door, after taking a bath or shower, any humectants in your moisturizer can help to pull that moisture into your skin. Ceramides is an ingredient that pulls moisture from the atmosphere, into the deepest layers of our skin, which enhances our skin’s water content. This helps to boost hydration. Another effective ingredient to look out for is Selaginella Lepidophylla. This ingredient renews the skin and helps prevent water from escaping. Most moisturizers help to smooth out skin and provide a seal over your skin, to keep water from escaping, while also adding moisture back into your skin.

For added hydration, here are some wonderful masks to try

Avocado Mask

Avocado Mask

Avocado Mask

Avocado has extreme moisturizing properties. It’s good for your hair, as well as your face. Use a mashed ripe avocado and spread it over your face and neck. Leave on for about 10-15 minutes, before washing off with warm water. Apply a good moisturizer to lock in moisture.

Banana Face Mask

Mash 1 ripe banana and mix together with 1 tbsp. oats flour and 1 tbsp. honey. Smooth over neck and face. Leave on for 10 minutes and rise off with cool water. Apply a good moisturizer to lock in moisture.

With these tips you are sure to restore your moisture content during the winter months, resulting in a glowing complexion, even if it’s cold and dreary outside the house.

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