Whether you’re dealing with ‘iso skin’ or simply the change in seasons, priming your complexion for the chilly days ahead isn’t as easy as simply applying a heavier moisturiser…
And while topical treatments certainly play their part, the battle against dry, irritated skin requires a more holistic approach. By focusing on bolstering your skin barrier, upping your intake of certain foods and rethinking a few unhelpful habits, you can enjoy smooth and supple skin no matter what the weather throws at you.
Boost Your Bacteria
Most of us know that the community of bugs residing in our gut are worthy of a little love—but what about the ecosystem living on our skin? As it turns out, taking care of your skin’s microbiome is a surefire way to boost your beauty. Research shows that when applied topically, probiotics like lactobacillus can help to fortify the community of bacteria residing on your skin, which is great news for your complexion. A healthy balance of microbes is better equipped to protect you—their host—from pathogenic bacteria, while also dialing down inflammation, battling acne-causing bacteria and even helping to combat eczema. What’s more, a happy community of bugs means a stronger skin barrier, which also means less moisture loss—win, win! If you’re not sure where to start, try our PROBIOTIC SKIN REFINER. It’s totally natural and gentle enough for daily use.
Drink Your Facial Oil
If you’re a skincare aficionado, a quality facial oil is no doubt part of your nightly routine. And, come winter, it’s the one topical product you shouldn’t be without. But if you’re serious about keeping your complexion soft and supple, you also need to turn your attention inwards. Cue: the edible beauty oil. Containing a considered blend of bio-fermented and plant-based oils, OMEGA ELIXIR, our newest Inner Beauty Boost, was designed to quench and soothe your skin from within. Rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which play a critical role in the appearance of the skin, OMEGA ELIXIR supports your skin at a cellular level, so you can say goodbye to dry, scaly skin for good.
Add Vitamin A
The obsession of beauty mavens around the world, vitamin A (aka retinol) is the perfect way to prep your skin for winter. When applied topically, it helps to improve the appearance of pigmentation and promote cellular turnover, making it a powerful ally for those of us suffering from post-summer pigmentation. But vitamin A isn’t just for topical application—in fact, eating foods rich in vitamin A is essential for healthy eyes and glowing skin. Get your daily dose by incorporating carrots, eggs, cod liver oil, pumpkin, sweet potato, leafy greens and our very own GLOW powder into your diet, all of which contain beta-carotene that the body converts into active vitamin A. Pumpkin soup, anyone?
Find A Happy Medium
As the temperature drops and we kiss goodbye to summer’s sweaty nights, the thought of a steaming hot shower suddenly goes from absolutely unbearable to very, very appealing. And while blasting your body with hot water might make it easier to get out of bed in the morning, it certainly won’t do your skin any favours. Hot water can strip the skin of its natural oils and compromise the skin barrier, which means more moisture loss and less protection from environmental aggressors. This doesn’t mean you need to start dappling in DIY cryotherapy, but dialing down the temperature (even a little) will help to keep your skin barrier fighting fit.
Eat Your Skincare
A balanced diet and healthy digestion are absolutely key when it comes to keeping your complexion on point in the cooler months. If you’re not getting enough nutrients, or you suffer from poor digestion, your skin might not be getting the goodness it needs, which can affect everything from elasticity and collagen production to tone and texture. As the chill sets in, be sure to continue eating a wide range of plant foods and consider supercharging your diet with a targeted skin supplement. Our Skin Repair Kit contains a comprehensive array of probiotic wholefoods—as well as vitamin E, vitamin C, zinc and an abundance of antioxidants—to support a healthy gut microbiome and promote radiant skin, no matter the season.