Have you ever noticed as soon as that cold snap comes in your skin dries out? The dryer winter air, walking in and out of heating into the cooler air back and forwards plays havoc on our skin. The dry air removes our natural oils that trap moisture in the skin. This effects everyone - but in anyone who suffers from eczema or psoriasis and severe dry skin, it results in a severe flare up of their condition.
Don’t stop exfolitating!
People also tend to stop exfoliating and moisturize only. This is a big mistake as removing the buildup of skin cells helps get rid of excess dirt that your cleanser won’t remove. It also encourages the cells below the superficial skin cells to increase new cell production which will speed up renewal helping to reduce breakouts. Not to mention exfoliation helps your skin absorb your moisturizer and serums suited to soothing your skin in winter.
Even though it is necessary to exfoliate throughout the year, the dryer winter months always cause more dry and flaky skin making it even more important. The layer of dead skin will act as a barrier and the moisturizer will not penetrate to the deeper layers of skin. Our skin products are infused with Active Manuka Honey which has been proven to penetrate the “intact” skin into the dermal layer. This is what can sometimes be felt as a “tingling” effect. Do not exfoliate without replacing the moisture to avoid wind burn and redness in the winter air.
It is very important to use a different exfoliant on your face to your body. Using anything harsh on your face with uneven texture can cause more damage than good. Any scrub that involves salt, sugar or rough particles is more suited to your body. That doesn’t mean texture is a bad thing. Our Manuka Jam Face Scrub has Cranberry Seeds. The seeds are round and smooth abrasion tools that are small and uniform in shape so they are less likely to irritate or cut your skin. Using an exfoliant with rough particles on the thinner skin layer of the face can cause small microscopic tears that can lead to inflammation.
You should also exfoliate for your skin type. People with oily skin have thicker skin compared to people who have dry skin. For dry skin it is essential to use an exfoliator designed for more sensitive skin. Natural seeds such as cranberry or jojoba beads that are derived from seeds are a better option for you. If you have oily skin you are more likely to handle stronger exfoliants.
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Moisture is key!
Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. This is probably the most important thing to do during winter and if you suffer from skin conditions, you simply cannot afford to go without it. When we stop producing moisture or if heating sucks it out of the skin, and it's not being replaced, that will tend to cause little cracks that affect the barrier of the skin. Any trauma to the skin, such as cracking, causes anti-inflammatory response, which can make skin more susceptible to flare-ups of psoriasis and eczema. You need to replace any moisture the dry air steals away. The best time to moisturise is after a shower or bath when the skin is slightly damp – not wet.
Because psoriasis and eczema involve immune system responses, experts believe that many bacterial, viral, or fungal infections can make them worse. As the flu makes it rounds it is important to take medicinal strength (10+ and above) Manuka honey daily with antibacterial and prebiotic properties.
The skin around the eye area is thinner and pores are finer that other areas of the face. Using a product designed specifically for absorption and penetration of the deeper layers of skin is key. You must use a special eye formulation intended to reduce puffiness, brightening ingredients intended to brighten dark circles, or nourishing ingredients intended to smooth out the look of fine lines and wrinkles in the eye area. Remember the special abilities of Manuka Honey that allows it to penetrate the deeper layers of skin? This is why it is an essential ingredient of our concentrated Eye Serum as it can soak into the finer pores around the eye and repair and moisturize the fragile skin in that area.
Active Manuka Honey is used along with with Native Australian Silky Oil Grass that strengthens capillaries to reduce dark circles and puffiness. Hyaluronic Acid is used to hydrate and moisturize and antioxidant rich Vitamin E helps to heal. To nourish and protect the fragile eye area we have also added Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and Acacia Senegal Gum keep skin supple and moist. These ingredients are part of a specially designed formula to target the sensitive eye area.
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