Every change in season brings a different temperature, wind, humidity and UV exposure which can all affect the skin and body. Our skin has to adapt to these different weather conditions. Winter brings cold winds and freezing rain but our skin is also then inflicted with central heating when we come inside. This swing in temperatures can disrupt the skin barrier, making it more susceptible to inflammation and causing our skin to become dry and sensitive. As the season changes from summer to winter you may feel your skin has become dry and tighter and at times sore. Small changes in our skincare routine can help our skin cope with the fluctuations in temperature and environmental changes and ensure a healthy skin barrier. All you need to do is tweak your existing skincare routine depending on your skin’s needs during the new season. Here are some tips:

Switch to a milder cleanser;

If you tend to have dry skin, swap from a foaming or gel cleanser to a cream or milky cleanser that helps encourage the skin to retain moisture. If you have oily or combination skin, reduce the number of times you use a gel or foaming cleanser and instead use a cream cleanser a few times a week, this will help make sure you are not over stripping the skin of its natural oils. Double cleansing at night with a nourishing cleansing balm and then following with a cream cleanser is a great way to nourish and hydrate the skin whilst thoroughly removing any make-up, impurities and excess oil without drying out the skin.

Reduce how frequently you exfoliate;

Exfoliating our skin is an important step to remove the dead skin cells. These dead cells can site on the surface of our skin and can prevent our skincare products from penetrating deep into the skin, reducing the benefits. Dead skin cells can also leave our skin looking dull, so effective exfoliation improves how radiant your skin looks and feels. However, whether you use a chemical exfoliator or a physical exfoliator it is important to reduce their use in winter. This helps ensure a healthy skin barrier during colder months as cell renewal slows in winter reducing the number of dead cells that need exfoliating away. Over exfoliation can cause your skin to become dry and flakey whilst making your skin more sensitive, causing redness and increasing breakouts. With this in mind, your should only look to exfoliate once or maybe twice a week using a gentle and mild exfoliator to keep your skin bright, glowing and smooth.

Time for a heavier moisturiser;

Changing your usual moisturiser to a slightly thicker, more nourishing moisturiser helps to skin ensure it’s getting the hydration and moisture it needs. It’s just as important for oily and combination skin too, even applying a slightly heavier moisturiser at night will help ensure a healthy skin barrier.

Add a facial oil;

Facial oils offer an extra layer of protection for your skin to help strengthen the skin barriers and lock in hydration by preventing water loss. There are so many great facial oils out there that are derived from potent natural oils that boast anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, hydrating and soothing properties, there’s one for every skin type! Face oils can be added to your moisturiser or applied after serum or over your moisturiser to lock in all the benefits of your serums and moisturiser. Facial oils help create a protective barrier, keeping the toxins out and trapping the hydration in which helps ensure a healthy skin barrier which in turn ensures healthy skin.

The Vegan lifestyle is not just about the food we eat, there’s lots of areas it covers including beauty.

“Veganism is a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as possible and practical, all forms of exploitation, and cruelty to animals for food, clothing and any other purpose.”

The Vegan Society 

In beauty some products may be cruelty free but not vegan. For a product to be vegan it must not contain any animal ingredients. The most common ingredients to look out for are; lanolin (wool grease), squalene (shark liver oil), carmine (crushed-up beetles), gelatin (cow or pig bones, tendons or ligaments) and ambergris (whale vomit). 

Here’s our top 10 Vegan Beauty buys:

Adorn Anti-aging AWARD WINNING lightweight, yet full coverage loose mineral foundation with SPF 20+is both sweat & water resistant, and requires little to NO need for touch-ups giving a flawless finish that lasts all day long that will NOT clog your pores or accentuate fine lines or wrinkles.

This moisturiser restores normal to dry skin with a blend of pure organic oils. Organic Argan oil nourishes whilst natural hyaluronic acid soothes and hydrates. Delicately fragranced with soothing hypoallergenic vanilla & coconut.

This wonderfully rich and nourishing shampoo bar is made by blending high-quality organic oils such as avocado and olive oil, as well as bergamot and sage with gentle coconut-derived cream cleansers and adding deep penetrating moisturisers.

Juice Cleanse effortlessly melts away the day, removing make up, impurities, dirt and environmental toxins without stripping or drying skin. Made with a clarifying, yet hydrating blend of super boosted plant oils and with notes of creamy vanilla, juicy mandarin and sweet orange, it’s the ultimate deep cleansing treatment.

Farryn Amber Superfruit Face Milk

Feed your skin with Farryn Amber’s Superfruit Face Milk. Hand blended with potent raw botanical plant oils, natural minerals and rose quartz crystals to brighten, detoxify and soothe stressed skin.

UpCircle Herbal Blend Coffee Face Scrub

Formulated for oily and combination skin, this natural facial exfoliator uses repurposed coffee grounds and a blend of rosemary, thyme, petitgrain and tea tree essential oils to help keep breakouts at bay and gently exfoliate away any dead and dry skin. A powerful antibacterial and antiseptic, rosemary oil helps keep acne, blackheads and whiteheads away whilst thyme has strong antibacterial and antimicrobial properties which help against acne and spots.

An exceptionally gentle formula based on rose hydrosol, Damask rose oil, and soothing sea algae extracts. Perfectly refreshes and tones the skin, preparing it for further treatment. Juicy toner mist instantly quenches your skin’s thirst, soothes irritation, and remineralises. Restores natural skin pH and prevents ageing. Sea algae extracts help combat acne. Thanks to their gentle constricting properties, they close up pores and regulate sebum secretion.

Revive and refresh the complexion with this hydrating cream cleanser, developed to glide over the skin to gently yet effectively remove light make-up and impurities. Enriched with 23 beauty-enhancing actives to revive the skin it gently, yet effectively cleanses away make-up and impurities. Aloe Vera and Jojoba rehydrate and soften even sensitive skin whilst Hibiscus helps firm and lift the skin and reduce wrinkles.

It leaves your hair feeling rehydrated, strong, silky and shiny. Marula oil and Icelandic moss lock-in moisture, protecting from the effects of UV exposure and environmental toxins. A rich and deeply nourishing treatment for dry and colour treated hair.

Bloomtown Charcoal and Tea Tree Mask

Give your skin a much-deserved breather with Bloomtown’s Charcoal Mask for oily and acne-prone complexions, formulated with anti-bacterial tea tree oil and white willow bark extract, a natural pore-exfoliant.