How to pamper stressed out skin

How to pamper stressed out skin

Experts tips to help you care for your skin from head to toe all year round


Swap your skincare

What works for you in summer may not be right for you in winter. Reassess your skincare routine as the seasons change, switching to a richer moisturiser as the weather gets colder. Up your SPF in the summer months to at least 30, but if you want to stay looking younger for longer, it’s important to wear a sunscreen that provides both UVA and UVB protection all year round, come rain or shine.

Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise

The key to good skin starts with hydration, so it’s vital to use a facial moisturiser morning and night and a body lotion at least once a day. Moisturising reinforces the skin’s natural barrier function, making it more resistant to external irritants such as hot temperatures or dry air from cooling systems that can cause sensitivity.

Look after your legs

The shins are especially prone to dryness. That’s because the skin in this area has fewer oil glands than most other body parts, making its protective barrier more vulnerable to moisture loss. Add to that the fact you’re likely to be removing hair from this area more regularly than anywhere else on your bod and you have the perfect recipe for scaly skin. The Venus Sensitive razor comes with a moisturising strip for soft, smooth fuzz-free legs. Lock in its hydrating benefits by applying body lotion or cream straight after shaving.

Wear a mask

While your regular moisturiser will keep your skin hydrated, the moisture boost you get from a face mask will bring extra radiance. Set aside some time at least once a week to slather on a mask that addresses your specific skincare needs, be it anti-blemish, anti-redness or anti-ageing. If you don’t think you have time for a mask, invite a few friends over for a girls’ night in and turn your skin TLC into a social event. Visit our plan an at-home spa party piece for more ideas.

Bathe yourself in lavender

A relaxing bath laced with lavender oil hydrates and soothes the skin as well as easing tired muscles. Fill the tub with warm water, add 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil, 1⁄2 a teaspoon of lavender oil and 1⁄4 teaspoon of grapeseed oil. The blend will nourish your skin and calm your mind.

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Invest in a serum

You moisturise regularly and use a face mask once a week, so why bother with a serum? Well, while your daily face cream will keep skin hydrated and a mask will give a weekly moisture boost, a serum will target your skincare troubles head on. Although most serums are hydrating, their true value lies in the high concentration of active ingredients they deliver, which means they can treat your skin issues more effectively. Whatever your skincare concern, there’s a serum out there for you. Apply morning and night before your moisturiser.

Keep your air moist

Whether it’s air conditioning in summer or central heating in winter, our skin is constantly exposed to dry air. Prevent skin becoming parched by installing a humidifier in your home or office. Or get a similar effect by placing a bowl of warm water nearby.

Limit the scrubs

Exfoliation is essential if you want to keep a bright, glowing complexion but you can have too much of a good thing. If your skin is sensitive, choose a non-granular scrub and use it 1-2 times a week. More robust complexions can cope with coarser exfoliants, but unless you use a product specifically formulated for daily use limit yourself to three scrubs a week to avoid upsetting the skin’s natural barrier function.

Eat flaxseed

Flaxseed oil hydrates you from within, helping to reduce skin redness, irritation and inflammation. Add 1 soup spoon of flaxseed to your breakfast cereal or to bread dough when you bake your own. You can also add a few drops to your body moisturiser to give it extra soothing oomph. Check out our DIY bathroom goodies(WEBMASTER PLEASE LINK TO START YOUR OWN RANGE OF BATHROOM GOODIES PIECE) for more tips on creating your own bespoke DIY pampering products.

Avoid alcohol

There’s no need to forego the odd tipple, but products that contain alcohol strip the skin of its natural oils, leaving it more susceptible to sensitivity and irritation. Check the label before you buy and steer clear of anything that lists alcohol high on its list of ingredients. If your skin is quite sensitive, it’s best to avoid products containing alcohol altogether.

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