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Skin hacks to keep your skin gorgeous all season

Winter doesn’t have to be a time of skin woes. By following these three natural winter skin hacks, shared with us by Eco Diva natural founder Nicole Sherwin, you can maintain a gorgeous glow all season long. Hydrate and moisturise. Exfoliate. And nourish your skin from within.
Hydration heroes … drink up and moisturise The key to combating winter skin is hydration. Start from within by drinking plenty of filtered or spring water throughout the day. You can also sip on some hearty warm herbal teas. Herbal teas like chamomile, green tea, and peppermint are not only soothing but also packed with antioxidants that help combat inflammation and protect your skin from environmental stressors. Additionally, invest in a rich, nourishing moisturiser that suits your skin type and balances your skin microbiome. Look for ingredients like superfoods, hyaluronic acid, shea butter, vitamin C and squalene to lock in moisture and protect your skin’s barrier. Apply the moisturiser twice daily. Pamper your body as well, as skin is one organ, so the whole organ needs care. A luxurious body butter or vitamin-rich body oil or scrub will keep your skin supple and smooth from head to toe.
Exfoliation elixir … buff away dryness Exfoliation is a game-changer when it comes to achieving a healthy winter glow. Gentle exfoliation removes dead skin cells, allowing your moisturisers and serums to penetrate more effectively. Opt for a mild exfoliating scrub that won’t irritate your skin. Go for natural and go for simple. Apply and exfoliate once or twice a week to avoid over-exfoliation, which can lead to irritation. Remember to be gentle and let the exfoliator do the work – no need for harsh scrubbing! Your skin will thank you with a renewed radiance.
Nourish from within What you eat has a direct impact on your skin’s health. During winter, load up on foods rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and healthy fats. Include plenty of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds in your diet to provide essential nutrients for your skin. Foods like avocados, walnuts, berries, and spinach are particularly beneficial. Consider adding a daily supplement of omega-3 fatty acids, which can help combat dryness and inflammation. Also include superfoods like baobab, maca, hemp seeds and spirulina, which also offer wonders in hydrating skin from the inside out. Remember, a nourished gut and body equals healthy, vibrant, glowing skin. Something we all need.

Eco Diva Natural Ecofoliant Skin Polish, R450 • The Glow Up Body Scrub, R340
• And Ultimate Face Cream, R415. All from ecodiva.co.za

These little jars pack a powerful punch when it comes to damaged skin. Lahini Naturals Care, a 100 per cent natural local product, gives exceptional relief from itching skin – from eczema, psoriasis, insect bites, skin rashes or fungal infections, takes away the pain from burns and hastens the healing process when skin is cut, grazed or broken. You can use it on chapped lips and damaged cuticles and it helps with nasal congestion (strong but fab fragrance of eucalyptus, lavender, tea tree, citrus peel, and rose). R245 from takealot. Details: lahininaturals.com

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If your focus is to rejuvenate skin or reduce the signs of environmental damage and ageing, SKNLOGIC Renew Mist promises to be the ideal beauty investment. Helping to restore the skin to its optimum health, it cleanses, fights acne-causing bacteria, strengthens skin barrier, calms inflammation, reduces redness and is great for treating conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. It’s safe for sensitive skin. R220. There is a Repair Mist too, worth looking at for targeted areas, it stimulates cellular repair, enhanced recovery from invasive skin treatments, speeds up wound healing and recovery of trauma to the skin, and prevents scarring. R250. Buy online from sknlogic.com

Cellular Water is the main ingredient in this Institut Esthederm Eau Cellulaire Mist
a moisturising mist – as powerful as a serum – which is enriched with anti-oxidants and hyaluronic acid. Apply it before other skin treatments and it’ll turn your daily beauty routine into an age-defying ritual. It gives an instant energy boost to skin, and defends against daily stresses (UV rays, pollution, tobacco) which accelerate signs of ageing. R345 from Clicks.

We’ve just discovered the Organic Alchemy range – handcrafted in small batches, no preservatives, harmful chemicals or other nasties, and great for those who have allergies to mainstream products. Local, organic, not tested on animals … and incredible products and seriously affordable prices. What’s not to love! Coconut, Honey and Jojoba Scrub – a moisturising, relaxing, sugar body scrub, R140. Neroli, Ylang Ylang and Sandalwood Shea Butter Massage Candle – enjoy the candle, and when the wax has melted, pour into your hands and massage into your skin. R150. Order online from organicalchemy.co.za

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