July 03, 2023
The quality of your skin varies according to the season, what you’re eating, the climate you’re in, your stress levels, and what you’re using on your skin.
Your skin is never one skin type but rather a living, breathing, changeable organ, and you should treat it as such. By adapting your diet and skincare, you can keep your skin happy, no matter the season.
For example, in Australia we’re mid-winter which means the weather is cool and dry. So I’ve adapted my skincare routine, some habits and my diet, to keep my skin healthy.
Here are my top tips for keeping your skin happy this winter:
Currently I’m using the full range of Clémence products because I live in a dry climate and it’s very cold. Work has been busy lately and so my stress levels are a little higher than usual.
Because of this I know that the extra cortisol pumping through my bloodstream is sending the nutrients I’m eating to other organs, feeding my skin last.
These factors combined cause my skin to beg for extra hydration, and so I give it all the Serum, Lotion and Crème it desires. This means that I’m ALWAYS doubling up e.g. in the morning I’ll apply Serum and then my Protect + Clarify, and then in the evening I’ll apply Serum and then Ultimate Face Crème. (This compares to summer where I’ll only do Serum OR Lotion/Crème.)
You may have read my blog post on ‘How to cleanse your skin’ and so I won’t go into too much detail. Basically, the more you cleanse, the more natural oils you strip from your skin. To keep skin happy, keep cleansing to a once-a-day affair only.
Choose the time of day when your skin is at its dirtiest, most commonly the evening, to use our Refining Cleanser. When you’re not cleansing, you can simply splash your face with cool or warm water or use a moistened face cloth.
Because I’m generally moving less over winter, my skin cell turnover is slowed, which means there is a greater build-up of dead skin cells, leading to more dry spots. To combat this I’m using the 2 in 1 Face Exfoliant + Mask every second day to nourish my skin and increase the turnover of skin cells. This keeps my skin smooth and glowing.
Applying our Repair Face Serum and/or Ultimate Face Crème/Protect + Clarify directly after toning not only allows it to go on more smoothly (which also means you use less), but it seals this moisture into the skin.
During winter I try to feed my skin by adding extra fats to my diet including olive oil, avocado, nuts and oily fish (e.g. salmon).
And whilst I don’t drink as much water due to the colder weather, I sip on herbal teas throughout the day, and try not to have too much caffeine as it dehydrates skin.
My advice is to listen to what your skin needs according to where you’re at, what you’re eating and how you’re feeling. Choose skincare products that support your skin, rather than aggravate it. Remember, your skin has an inherent ability to heal itself and so the products you put on it should support this process, not make it harder.
If you can adapt to give your skin what it needs right now, you’ll find yourself with happy, healthy skin all winter long.
P.S. We have put together a link showing all the products I use over Winter. Simply click here.
September 21, 2023
As a naturopath, I’m always thinking about dietary and lifestyle recommendations to complement my organic skin care range. Drinking herbal teas has got to one of the easiest and most effective things you can do to further benefit skin. Not only do they taste great but the actives in herbs are absorbed and taken-up quicker than supplements.
September 01, 2023
Spring is the perfect time to take stock of your skincare products, reboot your beauty routine and get yourself set up for the sun to come.
Here's how: Step 1 - ‘Spring clean’ your skincare
Go through your beauty cabinet and get rid of anything you haven’t used for the last 12 months or anything that isn’t pulling its weight.
August 15, 2023
As a Naturopath I have treated many skin conditions over the years but some of them you see more than others. Eczema and dermatitis are most definitely my number one. And as the weather is cooling, now is the time when flare ups most commonly occur.
Although it can be caused by a multitude of factors, there are lots of ways to reduce eczema occurrence, and sometime eradicate it for good. Here is what I know about eczema and what you can do about it.