Winter is officially here in South Africa! With the days growing shorter and the nights darker, we all are reaching for our thermal underwear, making fires and cranking up the heaters (as well as indulging in a little bit of comfort-Winter-warming food!). However, with electric heaters, lack of moisture in the air and drastic changes in temperatures, our skin can take a beating in Wintertime!
Here are a few tips to keep your skin in tip-top shape this Winter!
You might have a moisturiser that works well for you, but as weather conditions change, so, too, should your skin care routine. Find an “ointment” moisturiser that’s oil-based, rather than water-based, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion. (Hint: Many lotions labelled as “night creams” are oil-based.)
But be careful choosing your oils because not all are appropriate for the face. Make sure you choose “non-clogging” oils, like avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil, or almond oil. Shea oil – or butter – is controversial, because it can clog facial pores, as well as vegetable shortening.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, ask one of our Ginkgo Spa Therapists to help you!
Treat your skin!
Your skin is your biggest organ in your body and needs more care in the Winter time! Visit one of our Ginkgo Spas and try one of our skin treatments – these are designed to moisturise, exfoliate and protect!
– QMS Activator Facial
Innovative activation techniques increase the supply of active ingredients to refuel and energize the skin, leaving it fresh and glowing. Provides instant vitality for jet-lagged and tired skin.
– Babor Classic Facial
The SKINOVAGEPX treatment is a combination of professional beauty care and effective, soothing massage. After a thorough skin analysis, skincare products with specific active ingredients and treatment sequence are selected to suit individual skin requirements. This ensures successful results you can both see and feel.
– Babor Men’s Exclusive Skincare Treatment
Thanks to the powerful, energizing active formula in BABOR MEN products, the treatments boost the skin’s performance and resilience as well as combats fatigue and stress. Switch off and wind down with this relaxing treatment, which is designed to calm and de-stress male skin.
– Balancing Babor Body Treatment
The Balancing Touch inspired by the Kneipp teachings will provide you with balance and inner harmony. This massage with warm black basalt stones and cool white marble has a balancing and soothing effect brought on by the shift between warm and cold.
Slather on the Sunscreen
You heard right, Winter sun can still damage your skin. So make sure you keep to your routine of applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face and your hands (if they’re exposed) about 30 minutes before going outside.
Avoid super-hot baths & showers
We know there is nothing better than a long hot soak or shower on a cold rainy day, but these long, hot intense periods can cause the skin to dry out even further. Keep your water below boiling and make sure you apply a good moisturiser as soon as you get out!
Don’t forget the hands!
The skin on your hands is thinner than on most parts of the body and has fewer oil glands. That means it’s harder to keep your hands moisturised, especially in cold, dry weather. Make sure you keep them well hydrated with a good product and wear gloves when outside, otherwise this can lead to itchiness and cracking.
Make sure you drink enough water!
People tend to drink less water during winter but it is highly important to hydrate your skin from within. Carry a bottle of water with you whenever you step outside. Herbal tea is also a great remedy to help get in some extra water!
Take care of your skin this Winter, and visit one of our Ginkgo Spas – we have plenty of treatments to make sure your skin is pampered this Winter!