When you’re short of time and feeling stressed in the lead up to a big festive event and looking forward to the holidays, these tips will help you and your skin to revive and survive.
As temperatures soar, or drop, depending where you are, skin hydration is always key. Dry skin looks bad and feels worse and is the easiest way to age skin.
But it’s so easy to keep your skin perfectly comfortable even in the harshest conditions. The solution is to never miss a.m. and p.m application of Face Oil.
But not just any face oil. It's important to avoid the ones that use cheap oils and clogging ingredients (squalane we're talking about you) because these, being too thick for the fine pores of facial skin to absorb, don’t allow proper skin hydration and end up congesting pores.
The fine textured plant oils and extracts in Simplicité Rosewood and Sage Face Oils protect and nurture skin and give perfectly hydrated skin in any climate.
2. Choose SPF carefully
It’s a given that you must slap on sunscreen if you’re going to be in the sun for longer than a few minutes. Protecting skin from burning is the point of sunscreen but make sure your SPF is rich in quality plant extracts too. After all, anything you apply to your skin should be highly nutritive so why not your SPF as well?
Simplicité Great Outdoors Moisturiser with Sunscreen contains 17 freshly extracted, medicinal grade plant extracts that protect and nurture skin as well as protecting it from sun.
3. Add glow instantly
When you’re rushing it seems impossible to give skin the pampering you’d like to but this fast mask is a go-to skin saviour to look and feel refreshed and glowing.
Smooth some Rosehip and Lavender Complexion Refiner over face, neck and décolletage; it's not necessary to cleanse first unless heavier makeup. Wait 5 to 10 minutes for mask to dry then rub off with a wet, well squeezed out face cloth.
4. Don’t soap face or body
Soap is for hands and feet only (though even then you can do much better).
Soap is…soap. Regardless of whether it’s natural or organic It will always dry out skin and strip natural oils, because it's made from sodium hydroxide and has a pH of about 9. That’s highly alkaline and will cause blockages in the fine pores of the skin on face and body. Simplicité Facial Cleansers and Body Washes cleanse gently and efficiently and also nurture skin without drying it out.
4. Exfoliate neck and décolletage
Skin care shouldn’t end at the chin: what you put on your face, also apply to your neck and chest because that's skin too! If you're not already doing this, perhaps adapt your routine over the holidays to be doing this. You’ll see the difference in improved skin tone and texture after even a few days.
Nutritive exfoliating doesn’t just ‘scrub’ skin, it infuses skin with the important nutrients and antioxidants that help to strengthen and improve resilience to climatic conditions and early ageing.
In the shower, use One Step Exfoliating Cleanser or Exfoliating Face Treatment – or mix these together for a different and highly nutritive treatment. Out of the shower, use Rosehip and Lavender Complexion Refiner - see tip 3.
5. Get a good night’s sleep
For many people this advice is easier said than done but it is absolutely the only way to feel and look properly refreshed. After a few festive season late nights your body needs to replenish. Some tips for a good night's rest:
- Be in bed by 10pm.
- Don't exercise directly before going to bed.
- Practice deep breathing if feeling restless and tossing and turning.
Let go of whatever you're thinking about and concentrate only on your breathing.
6. Drink purple and blue
Start the habit of making a daily drink that includes blueberries and cherries. These cancer-fighting, brain protecting fruits are antioxidant rich due to the plant pigment anthocyanin that gives the distinctive blue/purple colour.
- a peeled, cut up orange
- a 3cm piece of ginger peeled and chopped
- a teaspoon of blue or purple fruit powder such as Davidson’s Plum dried puree
- a small handful of fresh herbs such as lemon balm
- a small handful each of frozen blueberries and cherries
- a couple of frozen strawberries
Place the above fruits in a mini blender so you're drinking the fruit fibre too.
Fill container nearly to the top with mango and orange juice or similar and whizz for at least a minute. Drink and enjoy!