BEAUTY & SKINCARE

Autumn Beauty, Part III: Skincare

For me, the following 5 skin care (and nutrition) rules for colder days, weeks, and months have proven priceless. 

AS ANNOUNCED IN
‘END OF SUMMER BEAUTY PART I. GREEN DIY MASK’
as well as in
‘END OF SUMMER BEAUTY. PART II: MAKE-UP’,
SKIN CARE FOR LADIES & GENTS in AUTUMN!

“Dry as a Martini!” a beautician loved to exclaim, referring to that pale, chapped, cracked autumn/winter skin.
Probably the most charming way to put it, isn’t it, friends? 😉

But still, nobody wants the sensation of dryness and itching for half a year!
The following 5 rules help me avoid dry skin & maintain skin suppleness and hydration.
Hope they help you, too.”

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TIP #1: BEAUTY INGREDIENTS TO AVOID/ TO LOOK FOR

Skincare (face cream, eye cream, hand lotions) and make-up (foundation, lip gloss) containing alcohol and glycerin are not your friends in autumn and winter. No matter how much of such a cream you’ll slather on, you’re in for skin dryness and irritation in the short or in the long run.
Bonus tip: The lower the minus grades in winter, the better is it to opt for water-free formulas as well.
Unless you don’t mind some icicles in your face.tromborg-aromatherapy-body-lotion-autumnal-skincareI tend to choose oil-based skincare for colder months, and I always treat myself to a good body lotion – which I never need during spring and summer. My 2014 pick is the quite luxurious Aroma Therapy Body Lotion by Tromborg, an ethical Danish and made-in-Denmark brand that caught my attention in a recent Ethical Mica study (soon on the blog!). This lotion smells of delicious essential oils (orange, patchouli) and quite powerfully heals damaged and irritated skin (includes shaving or waxing traumas as well as… sniffy noses!).

TIP #2: A BAD BATH LUXURY

hot-bath-not-very-healthyIt feels like just the right thing to do as the nights get longer, but hot baths are actually bad for us.
They make our skin dry, and are pure stress to our hearts and veins.

If you feel the cold, it’s a much better idea is to start wearing chic hats and gloves early. Also do stock up on warm clothes, will you – modern functional underwear is thin enough to be worn under the most fashionable outerwear.

TIP #3: KEEP YOU SKIN TONED

To really warm up in autumn and keep your skin happy, supple, toned, and its blood circulation improved for a healthy, sexy glow, have an impromptu workout instead, and enjoy a short shower afterwards. 

And if you’re a super tough cookie, head over there to the realm of Sonja, my beautiful friend from Toronto, and learn why cold baths are great for our skin. Brrr! 😀 But: yes, it helps.

TIP #4: KEEP HYDRATED + TIP #5: KEEP NOURISHED

To keep my skin moisturised, I switch my water drinking routine.
It’s easy to wolf down liters of water on a hot summer day, but in the colder months, that glass of water looks anything but alluring! The trick is in the beverage you choose. It’s so simple to just infuse warm water with delicious aromas and no added sugar, for example make ginger water, orange & ginger water, or green, roisboos, chai tea, or mild herbal tisane. I am looking forward to the daily dose of my sunny and roundabout wonderful signature turmeric drink!turmeric-drink-hot-and-coldThe trick is also to stay away from sugared lattes & sweetened teas, alcohol (mulled wine) and artificial vitamin drinks that you dissolve in warm water – added sugar is really bad for our health and beauty (hello, wrinkles!), and alcohol is bad, aging, and oh, right, drying!

If you have the nerve for cold(er) drinks, then you should absolutely go for green juice or green smothies every morning.
Plant goodness for glowing skin!
A few of my fave ingredients to feel good inside and out, to hydrate and to nourish the skin:
Green tea helps maintain healthy blood vessels which in turn means less broken capillaries and bye to red hands and nose. Cucumbers are rich in Vitamin K and trace minerals; kale is loaded with beta-carotene, Vitamin C and K, omega-3 fatty acids and some calcium (though here my fave pick are almonds); hemp seeds or hemp seed oil for a boost in healthy essental fatty acids; spinach and organic soy milk for a litte boost in non-heme iron – though I never consume spinach daily because of the oxalic acid it contains, and of potential damage to joints and kidneys linked to it.

This has been my simple routine since a couple of years, and a balanced diet with enough fatty acids, vitamins, trace minerals, micronutrients + enough water + sensible choice of cosmetics and clothes have never failed to prevent dryness.”

ON A RELATED NOTE: to follow up with my #DontSkipLunch campaign (read the post or grab the badge to share the message), in one of the next posts, I’ll share two simple, gluten-free and vegan autumnal menus (main course + dessert) that include a lot of healthy, vitamin- and micronutrients-infused goodness! Meanwhile, please use the hashtag on Twitter or Instagram at lib to remind yourself to actually have lunch 😉

Well my friends, now that we’ve got us covered, you tell me: how do You battle autumnal fatigue?
Because this is something I have to tackle next! *yawn* 😀

13 replies »

  1. A cup of tea and a good book – the oldest, seemingly most boring but effective way to battle autumn I think 😉 Just yesterday I bought a new day creme, without parabenes this time, and I was so proud of myself, but it does contain glycerin :(. Still, it’s made specially to keep the moisture balance of your skin okay. Do you think that it’s good then? 😉

  2. I love using oils through summer but mostly in the colder months! I don’t really like baths…now that you say they are bad for you I really do believe that. I always get way too hot in the bath!

    • Oils are really the best. If you have the time to test what really suits your skin best, they’re invaluable!

  3. Yet another amazing post filled with a lot of good reminders and quite a bit of new information so, as always, thank you!! And as for the autumn sleepies, all I can suggest is a bit of wisely chosen, deeply appreciated sun…it is going fast… 😉

    • Yes, that might be a good idea, to enjoy a few sunny hours outside… I can actually work from my rooftop terrace! *lightbulb sparks* 😀

  4. I am curious to hear more of your thoughts on glycerin–why do you not recommend it in winter? (I do prefer completely waterless formulas anyway, but I thought glycerin was a good humecant?)

    • Glycerin is a powerful humectant indeed. However, it is not applied to the skin alone, but in a formula of a skincare product.
      If such a product is not well-balanced, glycerin can drain moisture from the surface of the epidermis (the effect known from obsessive use of hand lotion, when your hands get dryer and dryer).
      As a consumer, simply reading the INCI list will not help us understand the formula (exception: PEGs in the formula can be a hint that the product might be drying), it’s really more like a guessing game. Easier to stay away from it anyway. Hope that helps 🙂