Autumn is now upon us and the change from the warm, relaxed summer days to the cooler, frostier weather can be especially hard not only for our frozen toes, but also on our skin. It’s easy to rug up in our winter woollies to fend off the cold snaps, but it’s harder to know how to effectively protect your skin.
Here are a few simple tips for looking after your skin during this time:
From the Outside
The warm humidity of summer makes it much easier for your skin to stay hydrated so in response it reduces its production of protective humectant chemicals. It is just so easy for your skin to remain hydrated that it gets a bit lazy during these months. But then the first cold snap arrives and with it the humidity in the atmosphere plummets. This sends the lower layers of your skin into overdrive and it will being working double shifts to increase its production of humectants to boost your skin’s water holding ability. Unfortunately, there is a delay in the production of the humectants and delivering them where they need to be. This means your skin is very much at risk of becoming dry, tight and vulnerable during this period.
So what can you do to counteract this…
Your best defence is to get ‘soaking’ so you can provide that much needed moisture to the skin.
Simply fill your basin with warm water, immerse a cloth, wring it out and hold it to your skin for 20 seconds, then repeat. Then apply a layer of your favourite potion while your skin is still damp to lock in precious moisture.
From the Inside Out
Vitamin A foods keep our skin and mucous membranes strong and humid. By boosting your intake of these foods you not only keep your skin looking beautiful but also protect yourself from colds and flu’s by making it harder for viruses to get past the physical barrier of your mucous membranes.
Foods rich is vitamin A are:
Eggs. Orange vegetables like pumpkin, carrot and kumara. Green vegetables like broccoli, brussel sprouts and parsley. Fruit such as dates, apricots, papaya, peach and banana. Berries such as blueberries, currants, raspberries, and blackcurrents.
Focus on increasing these foods in your diet to support your skin from the inside.
It is also worth going and getting a simple ‘taste test’ from your local pharmacy or health food shop to check if your zinc levels are adequate. Zinc is an important mineral for the skin and it also makes sure that your vitamin A is able to be transported from your liver to your skin.
Bestow Beauty Oil and Ceramides
The protective outer layer of our skin contains many natural chemicals that help make it strong and resilient. One of these families of chemicals, found in relatively high levels (up to 50%), is the ceramides, of which there are 11 different types.
One of these ceramides, ceramide-1-linoleate, has been found to be particularly important if you want to have beautiful, supple skin. Unfortunately, during winter our levels of this vital ceramide drop and this can contribute to the lack lustre appearance of our skin.
The good news is that your Bestow Beauty Oil contains the essential ingredient your skin needs to boost its production of ceramide-1-linoleate!
So don’t forget to have your daily dose and if your skin isn’t feeling itself, boost your intake.
New product coming…
Watch this space! We have a fabulous new product due to be released on to the market in June.
Roast Pumpkin and Lentil Dip
- ½ cup of pumpkin, cut into cubes
- ½ cup of red lentils, rinsed well
- 2 tablespoons of Bestow Beauty Oil
- ½ teaspoon of sea salt
- 1 teaspoon of ground cumin toasted
- ½ teaspoon tumeric
- 2 cloves garlic
- Black pepper or cayenne to taste
Rinse lentils well and place in a pot on stove with 1 ¼ cups of cold water; bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook till soft (at least 20 minutes), scraping off any scum that rises to the surface. Remove from heat. Alternatively, drain a can of precooked red lentils. Meanwhile, roast pumpkin pieces in the oven until slightly browed. The garlic can also be roasted for a smoother flavour, otherwise just chop garlic finely to add in to the dip raw. Mash all ingredients together with a potato masher or place all ingredients in a blender and pulse till almost smooth but still a little chunky (depending on textural preference). Store in the fridge for up to 5 days.
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