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Get back that healthy glow … four tips to live by

If, like us, your skin has become incredibly dry during these cooler months, you’ll have noticed it’s lost its natural glow. It’s a common problem in Winter … the drop in temperature can be pretty harsh on your skin, as can the lack of humidity in the air. The result. Tight, dull, flaky skin. No thanks! We chatted to Herbalife Nutrition’s NAB Dr Sivu, who shared tips and tricks for getting back that glow.

Drink enough water Staying hydrated is something we should all be doing throughout the year. But when it comes to the colder months, it can be easy to forget. Thanks to the dry air, water evaporates from our bodies quickly during this time – leaving your skin and hair feeling dry. Aim to drink six to eight glasses of water a day. If you don’t enjoy the taste of water on its own, experiment with herbal tea powders, aloe concentrate or infused water. This is an exciting way to stay hydrated.

Use a good moisturiser When your skin starts producing excess oil, it often causes more harm than good. Avoid this by ensuring that your skin is properly moisturised to begin with. A good moisturiser containing potent ingredients such as vitamin E or shea butter, which will also combat the dryness and flakiness of winter. Just remember to choose the right moisturiser for your skin type. For oily to normal skin, opt for water-based moisturisers and avoid heavier products; for dry skin, try petroleum-based products; for sensitive skin, look for products that also contain soothing ingredients such as aloe vera or chamomile; and for ageing skin opt for an oil-based moisturiser. Another way to ensure your skin is properly hydrated is to use a humidifier. Humidifiers are great at introducing moisture into your home. More moisture in the air means happy skin.

Take care of your lips A winter skincare routine would be incomplete without a focus on lip care. Lips lack oil-producing glands and the outer layer of skin responsible for holding in water is much thinner than it is in the rest of the body. This means that your lips are especially vulnerable during the colder seasons. Using a lip balm is a great way to keep your lips moisturised. You should also avoid licking your lips at all costs as saliva is alkaline, while our skin is naturally acidic. Licking your lips will act as an irritant to the skin and will remove the natural oil layer on the lips.

Eat right Tweaking your diet to include antioxidant-rich foods can greatly impact the state of your skin. As Dr Sivuyile Madikana, an expert in the field of healthcare and a member of the South African Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board, explains, “the right kinds of nutrients can help alleviate some harmful effects from the environment when it comes to your skin”. Be sure to include lots of fruits and vegetables in your winter diet to pack your body full of vitamins and antioxidants that’ll keep your skin (and your body as a whole) glowing. Foods like soups, salads, and juices are great for this.
Just because it’s cold outside, doesn’t mean you should let yourself become lazy when it comes to self-care. Be sure to keep your skin happy and healthy this winter.

How clever is Our Earth. It’s all about eliminating single use plastic in our households. Kick off with the starter kit, with three 500ml shatter-proof forever bottles and three effervescent tablets (R300), after that you simply order the tablets you need, pop into the bottle and fill with water. A pack of two handwash tablets – with grapefruit or vanilla coconut scents, costs R50, the kitchen and bathroom effervescent tablets cost R75 for a two-pack. Buy at ourearth.co.za

Slow down. Play.
Unlock your creative potential. The Joy Journal for Grown-ups is a collection of simple crafts that can bring a little more calm into your everyday life. Using everyday ingredients and easily foraged supplies, Laura Brand’s beautifully illustrated journal has ideas for beginners as well as more confident crafters … from flower-pressed candles to scented body butter. Imaginative, engaging and easy to follow, this gorgeous, step-by-step guide features all the encouragement you need to find inspiration, awaken your creativity and brighten your mood. Bluebird Books For Life, R310.

Good for us. Good for the planet.
BeauRaze eco-friendly, bio-gradable, disposable. The razor has three blades, and the handle and blade holder is made from wheat straw. R25 each, or R300 for a pack of 12 from the laser-beautique, myshopify.com and therefillery.co.za

 

If there was a product that would reduce PMS symptoms, offer a better quality of sleep, improve your energy and mood, promise clearer skin and less bloating, would you take it? Damn right we would. And do. We’ve tried Hormone Balance, part of the Kiko Vitals range, and really can recommend. Created to ease the effects of female cycle issues such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), menopause, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), endometriosis, weight gain and acne, and more, they’re also made in SA, are 100 per cent vegan, gluten and GMO-free, and contain only natural ingredients. R490 from kikovitals.com

 

A good night’s sleep
For a healthy body and mind, not much beats a really good night’s sleep. We know it. You know it. And Dominic Day and George Kruis know it. These two professional rugby players are behind the fourfive range of CBD oils, muscle rubs, and capsules, specifically designed with not just sportsmen but all active people in mind. And it’s their latest product that has everyone … fast asleep! Rest CBD Oil is brand new on the shelves. The pair say this new product was designed with the intention to assist with calming, combined with natural, non-addictive products to help with a restful deep sleep. So if you’re looking for zzzzzz’s, well worth trying a spritz under your tongue before bedtime. You’ll find the spearmint flavoured oil for R429.99 at fourfivecbd.co.za

 

Thick, strong, healthy hair. It doesn’t always come naturally. For a hefty dose of help, try VitaminMe Hair Growth + Strength. With Zinc, Biotin and Kelp, one capsule a day boosts hair growth, restores volume, strength and shine, and helps maintain normal healthy hair. Plus it’s not tested on animals, and is vegan friendly. R269 from VitaminMe.co.za

 

 

 

Compiled by: KYM ARGO

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