Time to Hunker Down?
This should be the time of year we are thinking about hunkering down. The fires are normally lit by now but we haven’t even brought the wood in doors yet. The summer weight duvet is still on the bed, and I have only worn a hat once so far to walk the dog. This season seems to be extending beyond its usual zone. Leaves are still on the trees and I have cucumbers still hanging on in the greenhouse. I’m sure it is normally colder by now. Not that I’m complaining. It saves heating fuel. We have over the past few days had some rain, but it’s still quite warm for the time of year.
I’m also noticing that clients still have lovely ‘summer skin’ and no one is yet complaining about dryness. As a skin care therapist I have learnt to treat a clients skin as it presents to me in the moment. Every skin is different. We used to advertise facials for the seasons, but in this day and age when people travel to warm countries throughout the year, skin can be dry and sun drenched at any time. Generally most skin is dehydrated when a client books for a facial, as we live in a world where central heating and sun exposure play havoc with moisture levels, while computers and and air conditioning can sensitise skins creating redness and irritation. However your skin is behaving at the moment with this extended season, your skin care specialist will be able to choose the best facial for you.
- Stay hydrated. You will naturally want to drink less water as the season gets cooler. Change to herbal teas or hot water with lemon. Try not to drink too much coffee as it dehydrates the skin.
- Exfoliate once a week to improve the circulation and remove dead skin cells. I recommend the Repechage Honey and Almond Scrub. £24.50
- Add a little more nourishment to the skin in the way of a Serum. My clients have the Repechage C-Serum as an essential part of their routine. Pure seaweed filtrate containing all the vitamins, minerals and trace elements you need to maintain great skin. This great addition to your routine will hydrate with no oiliness while providing the skin with all the nutrients and antioxidants it needs. If you have run out, now is the time to re-stock!
- Just as you may think about changing your hair colour for the winter season, ask your therapist to check your foundation. Your skin tone may change and so should your make up base.
- When the weather does turn cold, if you are out walking, use a physical barrier around your face. Not quite a balaclava – not quite the fashion accessory of the season, but do pull that scarf round your face if out in the biting wind. Foundations will not protect you from the cold winds.
- If you have not yet started to take the sizzling minerals, this is a perfect time to add them to your routine. Plant derived, fully absorbed in the body. Clients are reporting an improvement in skin, hair and nail growth, as well as realising how important it is to pay attention to what is going on inside the body. The risk of sub-clinical disease can be greatly reduced.
- Book a facial!