Is dry, cracked and sensitive skin bothering you and you don't know what to do about it? Maybe you have tried lots of moisturisers but nothing seems to work. Or you just haven't had time to investigate what to do next?
Life just has so many priorities that sometimes the biggest organ in our body...skin, gets overlooked.
For me it wasn't until my skin was screaming for some kind of moisture that I would give it attention. But now I realise there are so many little things you can do to ensure your skin retains a healthy moisture balance everyday.
Plunkett's has researched the cause and effects of dry skin to create the perfect Australian winter skincare range. We thought you might like to know the best ways to care for your skin this winter. Before you skip this "because you know the A-Z of dry skin, and you think we are going to tell you to drink plenty of water," think again. Everydayhealth.com interviewed Amy Hess-Fischl, (RD, CDE, of the University of Chicago Kovler Diabetes Center). Here is what she says about drinking water and dry skin:
“Unless the individual is severely dehydrated, drinking large quantities of water will not prevent dry skin, Basically, the moisture level of skin is not determined by internal factors. Instead, external factors such as skin cleansing, the environment, the number of oil glands, and the functioning of these oil-producing glands determine how dry the skin is or will become. The water that is consumed internally will not reach the epidermis [the top layer of the skin].”
So with that in mind here are THE BEST Ways to get super hydrated skin this winter.
1. The Cleanse
Every good skin care routine starts with a good cleanse. Cleaning your skin is something that either you were taught to do or you just do. Our top tip for cleansing is to purchase a soap free wash. Soap and detergents can strip the skin of essential natural oils. A good cleanser should simply remove dirt and gently restore your skin. They are hard to find but you can't go past Nutri-Synergy Sensitive Skin Cleanser. It will leave your skin so nourished you will forget you haven't moisturised.
Heaters, windy cold air, and hot showers can sap your skin of vital moisture. While we need to stay warm and can't avoid the weather, we can reduce the temperature of our showers. Having a lovely warm bath or shower reduces skin dehydration.
3. Put The Moisture Back In
Make sure you moisturise as much as possible. Ideally, immediately after the shower is perfect, your pores are open and damp. Leave your skin slightly damp and then moisturise. Doing this will allow your skin to soak up the goodness and lock in the moisture from the shower. If you're like me and you forget to put moisturiser on try leaving a moisturiser in your bag, car, bathroom and or one next to your lounge. This will make it easy to remember.
4. Look for Quality Ingredients
We look at what's on a food label, why not do the same with your skincare? Look for Natural Moisturising Factors (NMF’s) like urea, amino acids, hyaluronic acid, triglycerides, lactate, linoleic acid, glycerine and sodium PCA. They are like the components of your skin, so your skin absorbs them readily. Harmful chemicals like sodium laureth sulfate are used to clean oil off car engines. Imagine what that is doing to your skin!
5. Promote Healthy Oil Production
Consume good amounts of healthy fats such as omega-3 fats, organic butter, flax oil and coconut oil.
These supply valuable fatty acids that support the production of sebum and the skin's natural protective oils which will enhance your body's ability to moisturise skin from the inside.
When looking at skincare choose products with Jojoba oil, almond oil, olive oil, shea butter and cocoa butter. All of these promotes the healthy oil production which will nourish your skin.
Dry skin doesn't need to be daunting with these tips it's easy to promote healthy skin habits into your everyday routine.
Of course we would love to help you in your pursuit for beautiful skin all year round. That is why we have teemed two of our top selling products in the perfect winter skin bundle... THE POWER COUPLE.
The Sensitive Skin Cleanser was formulated to leave skin so moisturised you might forget to actually moisturise. The Extra Dry Skin Moisturiser seals all of the Cleanser’s goodness in and creates an all day moisture lock that leaves skin relieved and nourished.