Keep your skin beautiful with these 10 easy tips
We all love to get outdoors and experience the change in the seasons, but your skin can take an awful battering in the process. This is the time for dry skin, flaking, cracking and even eczema*. We all know the extremes in temperature from cold outdoors to central heated indoors isn’t a great mix for healthy skin, so what can you do?
It can’t be said enough; moisturise my dears, don’t attempt to go anywhere without a decent moisturiser, preferably natural, without any chemicals that will further harm your skin in its delicate state. ANU Face moisturiser contains blackberry seed oil, a topical vitamin C element and carrot seed oil, both of which are natural antioxidants and collagen boosting.
2. MOISTURISE MORE!
It helps to up your game at night, when the skin is most receptive to healing. If you’re not already doing so, get yourself a decent oil based moisturiser to put on last thing on clean skin. ANU Night is an oil based balm with lavender essential oil (so it also aids blissful sleep) and the combination of natural ingredients, including Irish Moss seaweed helps repair and rejuvenate skin while you dream. We guarantee you will notice the difference in the morning.
3. GLOW CAREFULLY
The glow is beautiful; we all want pink cheeks after our fresh faced walk but go gently when you come indoors. Do your best to avoid extremes of heat including water; try washing your face with lukewarm water. Our soaps are cold processed so they won’t dry out your skin either; try our fragrance free soap (a winner in Woman’s Way Ageless Beauty Award this year).
The sun is damaging our skin even in winter and even through windows on a bright sunny day. We don’t have an SPF in any of our products because that would mean adding chemicals in order to keep the balance and high quality of our product, but we do recommend you use one over your moisturiser. Sometimes we can’t avoid chemicals, but it’s best to keep them to a minimum.
We tend to drink less water in the colder months so why not replace the odd coffee for herbal tea? There are some amazing blends of herbal teas that not only taste good but are beneficial too. Try something with nettle in it to help eliminate toxins.
But gently does it girls; treat your skin with respect and opt for gentle natural exfoliators. Our Teen Soap with oatmeal and French Green Clay is ideal as it clears toxins while exfoliating; also try ANU Day with citrus fragrances and poppy seeds.
7. AVOID THE HARSH STUFF
No matter what your regime has been over the months, winter is the time to cut back on harsh chemical cleansers. Hot Cloth Cleansers are ideal because they deeply cleanse and draw out dirt and toxins, while giving further moisturizing treatment. ANU Clean Cleansing Balm will do all this and remove makeup, including even stubborn eye makeup. Contrary to what some might think, an oily cleanser will not give you spots – it will prevent them.
8. KISS MORE!
At least, you will be able to kiss and pout for selfies as much as you like if you keep your lips moisturized. We’ve been told our ANU Lip Balms are amongst the best on the market. Just sayin’.
9. EAT RIGHT
Stuff you know: less sugar, more veggies, especially watery vegetables like carrots and cucumbers. Put them in a juice if you don’t fancy them cold and raw. Get your five a day and make sure you include plenty of the following foods:
Salmon, watercress, spinach, avocado, hazelnuts, almonds, pine nuts and sunflower seeds.
Get enough selenium in your diet; you need it because it’s an antioxidant, it works alongside vitamins E and C so vital for skin health and it’s much needed for a strong immune system. Studies have found a diet rich in selenium protects against skin cancer, sun damage and age spots.
JUST 2-4 BRAZIL NUTS A DAY GIVES YOU ALL THE SELENIUM YOU NEED
This essential trace element doesn’t just fight colds; Zinc is needed because it repairs skin damage, aids growth and hormone production, strengthens the immune system, facilitates digestion, fights free radical damage and slows down the ageing process. Not only that, but it’s an anti inflammatory agent that helps battle chronic disease. If you bite or suck your nails you might be deficient, but other signs include skin problems such as acne and rashes, a poor appetite, depression, lethargy and cuts and wounds that are slow to heal. Vegans and vegetarians must take a supplement as they won’t absorb enough from a meatless diet.
Have the skin of a goddess all year round
- If you’re experiencing serious problems, go to your dermatologist; the above guidelines will keep skin healthy and improve mild skin issues, but flare ups of acne, eczema or psoriasis need to be seen by your doctor.