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Winter skin saviours
Although the colder weather and shorter days means we won't be baring as much skin this season, it's no excuse to stop looking after our skin. In fact, the combination of the drying effect of central heating and biting cold winds can have a serious effect on our skin.
To help keep your complexion looking great during the winter months and to protect it against the harsh elements, just follow our top tips. We promise you'll have glowing skin through to next spring.
1. Stock up on omega-3s
Foods that are high in omega-3s, especially fish, should be on the top of your shopping list this winter if you want to keep your skin looking healthy. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) is one of the omega-3s found in oily fish and studies have found that is helps maintain the collagen - proteins responsible for keeping skin firm - levels in your body. EPA has also been linked to protecting against skin cancer by reducing inflammatory compounds which could promote cancerous tumour growth.
2. Stay hydrated
Dry skin is probably the biggest problem we face during the winter months, but it can be easily avoided. Apart from your skincare, drinking plenty of water and fluids is the best way to boost your skin's hydration levels. Our bodies need at least 2 litres of water a day to function, but remember that caffeinated drinks only dehydrate you further, so bare this in mind when you're having your morning coffee. Drinking herbal teas is a great way to improve your daily water intake and keep warm when the temperatures drop.
3. Protect against the elements
Take the time to look at your skincare routine and see if there is anything that needs replacing or improving to suit the winter months. Just because the hot weather has disappeared for a few months does not mean you can stop wearing SPF - our skin can still be damaged by UVA and UVB rays through cloudy weather so keep including it in your daily beauty routine. Similarly, a good hydrating mask or night serum will help protect against the drying effect of winter and keep your skin supple and soft.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you Emiliano for your comment. In this blog we are referring more to oils, more so than butters and while we agree with you Shea is an excellent emollient for hair, it's consistency is more buttery and it is used more as a leave-in remedy to smooth hair texture. We have suggested Coconut oil as it helps slow down hair loss by penetrating deep into your hair shaft to prevent protein loss, which in turn prevents breakage. When applied to your scalp, it simultaneously moisturises and removes build-up around your hair follicles to encourage hair growth and is one of base oils always used in Ayurveda for hair treatments. As this post is more focused for hair and not for skin, the comedogenic scale applies to skin/pores and not hair follicles. Thank you again for your feedback.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Hello Zu, yes hair loss can be very stressful and this in turn amplifies the cause almost.. Perhaps with Covid, your system may have been depleted of nutrients and fighting the virus can take its toll on your immune system, so sometimes our hair and skin suffer when we have been ill. We really believe in oils for scalp massage as the best way to revive the growth and help regenerate the follicles. It may be also worth at looking at internal supplements and making sure you are getting enough of omega oils, perhaps plant based such as nuts and seeds in your diet. For external oil treatment, would recommend the Really Good Hair oil which we create with Brahmi, this herb is known to help bring the scalp back to health and improve growth. Biotin is also a good vitamin to take as a supplement to help with hair growth so do look into that. So hope these tips will be helpful for you.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?I, am very surprised that your article did not include Organic Shea Butter and that coconut oil, is your number one choice for hair growth and thickness. According to the comedogenic scale, coconut oil, has a rating of (4), on a scale from (0), to (5), on clogging your pores. Why would anyone put coconut oil, on their hair or skin knowing the pores will get clogged up. Shea Butter, on the other hand has a (0), rating on the comedogenic scale, which is great for dry hair and skin and won't clog up your pores.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you for your very informative article. I suffered COVID in December, 2020, and in February I started experience extreme hair loss and all my hair jus falls like a person who is under going Chemo therapy. It's very depressing. Had to cut off all my hair and even the little that is left is falling off daily not sure what to do. Please suggest something.
- Carrot Oil for Face Hello :) You can use carrot oil only in small drops on your skin in the morning/during the day since it is highly potent. Carrot oil is rich in vitamins and is a very effective moisturiser. You can also mix a few drops of Carrot Oil with your favorite face cream. You can do that at least twice a week or include it in your daily skincare routine. Hope this helps.
- Carrot Oil for Face Can I use the carrot oil in the day time? Because I am using Vitamin c serum in the night. Please advise. Thanks