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By Sophie Leaver
Health & Wellbeing Writer
Winter weather is notorious for wreaking havoc on your complexion. The dry, cold air can leave your lips chapped, your skin pale and lacklustre, and your hair dehydrated.
It’s a great time to indulge in some extra love and care by adding good quality, nourishing products to your beauty regimen. Instead of loading up on expensive, artificial products, try treating your body to natural, organic oils and butters will leave you feeling, smelling and looking amazing. These skin remedies have multiple benefits and will help you beat those winter blues.
Rosehip oil has long been used worldwide for its many benefits to the skin. It is a natural source of vitamin E, which is an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant and hydrates sensitive skin. It is also a source of fatty acids and omegas, which help to rebuild damaged skin, and help give a healthy glow to the complexion. It also contains lycopene, which helps to improve the texture of the skin, and protects against premature ageing and free-radical damage. It is particularly effective for wrinkles, scarring and burns, sun damage, and stretch marks. It is best applied after cleansing the face, and should absorb quickly. It can be used alone, but in winter it works well as a serum, locking in an extra layer of hydration before applying your normal moisturiser. It can even be used on the lips and on the sensitive skin under the eyes.
Camellia oil, extracted from a wild flower that grows in China and Japan, has a delicate floral fragrance but is a potent natural product that revitalises dry and brittle skin, hair and nails. It is rich in vitamins A, E and B, as well as monounsaturated fats and antioxidants. It is a fast-absorbing, multi-purpose oil which can be used as a face moisturiser, around the delicate eye area, as a hair treatment, a body oil, lip balm, or even as a makeup remover. It has wonderful anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing properties, and leaves the skin and hair feeling smooth and soft. It can be gently rubbed into the cuticle area of the nails to promote strong and healthy nails.
It’s not only our face that feels the effects of the harsh winter weather, and it’s important to look after our bodies as well. Often the elbows, knees, and heels can become dry and cracked in winter. Shea butter is deeply moisturising, helping to both protect and heal the skin, and carries a host of different benefits. Shea butter strengthens the skin by stimulating the production of collagen, which is what helps your skin remain supple, radiant and youthful. It is rich in vitamins and nutrients that your skin craves during the cold seasons. It acts as the perfect lip balm to protect your lips from the elements. As an all-natural and chemical-free product, it is a safe option for all ages, and even an ideal product for baby care.
Revitalising Coconut & Argan
Coconut oil is praised worldwide for its countless benefits. One of the most luxurious ways to use it is to apply it to the entire body after a warm bath when the skin is supple and ready to absorb the moisture. Your skin will feel smooth and nourished. Argan oil is another naturally soothing and hydrating product, which acts like a skin super food and brings dull complexions back to life. Containing high levels of schottenol, vitamin E and fatty acids, it has been known to help erase scarring and wrinkles, and provides an energy boost to the skin. It can also be applied as a very effective hair mask as it penetrates the hair and helps to protect and rebuild its strength.
Using a variety of these natural ingredients will help your hair and skin to thrive, and will treat your body to an amazing range of botanicals and phyto-active ingredients. By naturally hydrating and treating your skin, you will feel ready to battle the winter elements and keep a healthy glow throughout the holiday season.