I think its officially autumn
and Ive pulled all my thick socks out
ready to wear in the coming weeks. The
cold weather means extra care for the
skin too most peoples tans will have
faded by now (the unaided variety anyway)
and now is the time of year to dedicate
some time to exfoliating.
I know its a chore to exfoliate the whole
body sometimes but it is really important
to slough off the dead skin cells before
we cover up in trousers, socks, woolies
and so on. And there are some easier ways
these days many shower gels contain
a built in mild scrub and using on a daily
basis will really benefit the skin. Follow
up with a good quality body lotion and
you should be able to avoid that snakeskin
look that always starts at this time of
If youre not able to afford the more
high-end prices of skincare its no excuse
for neglect! Honestly, there are some
excellent value-for-money alternatives
that will really benefit the skin look
out for St. Ives range, a really good
reasonably priced product that really
works. Boots pharmacies offer some really
inexpensive but effective ranges in their
own brand labels or for a family product
invest in a large tub of E45 cream which
will suit all the family and treat a multitude
of dry skin needs. Wearing a good lip
balm is essential as the windy weather
arrives and here it is worth investing
in a good quality product.
lip balms can actually harm the
lips in the long run and if cost
is an issue then a small tub of
Vaseline will be better than the
hard, waxy lip products that are
on the market.
Regular readers will know that I
always preach about wearing gloves
in the cold weather, but really
its amazing how much difference
they make to your hands and nails,
which are particularly prone to
drying out in the cold, windy weather.
Ask any manicurists their opinion
and Im sure they will agree with
Pay particular attention to the
condition of your hair going into
winter any time you spend on extra
conditioning treatments now will
reward you in the months to come.
Im a real winter lover I really
love the darker evenings and snuggling
up in winter woolies but I know
that for many of you it can feel
like a dark, dreary time of year.
Try to keep your spirits up by
enjoying all the good things about winters
parties, lovely snuggly clothes, bright,
crisp days, there really are a lot of
positives to the colder months if you
look for them, make yourself a list of
all the nice things and take a look at
it whenever you feel a little dreary.
a homemade preparation...
For treating spots and blemishes try this
Mix a little honey, (around a teaspoon)
with a pinch of turmeric and a tiny pinch
of salt into a paste.
Apply directly to the blemish avoiding
the surrounding skin if possible and leave
for half an hour.
Remove with a cotton pad soaked
in warm water.
Apply several times a day if required
and it should help to reduce the
redness and swelling.
As with all oil treatments,
when shampooing out, massage the shampoo neat
into the hair before adding any water to the hair,
otherwise you will find it difficult to remove
inexpensive hair treatment...
rub a handful of almond oil or
coconut oil into the scalp very gently
and lightly pull through to the ends.
Wrap in a towel for at least half an hour
to allow the warmth to build up.