The Stuff Getting Me Through Winter
A few of my favourite things that are getting me and my skin through the cold winter months, including some nutritional supplements that are much loved staples in my routine.
First up, it’s dry body brushing - because let’s face it, my skin is pasty and dry in the winter and in much need of exfoliation. I usually dry brush before I have a bath or shower, using upward, slow sweeping movements following the lymphatic path to help stimulate the circulation. It really does make your skin feel warm, flake-free and much softer, so I am trying to do this as much as possible. I am also loving this Escape candle by I am Scentered, a rich, woody sandalwood and frankincense that smells insane. I love a bath, so I will usually light this, get in the bath and meditate (I’ll write another post on this later), a few times a week in the evenings. I’m really into their Escape Therapy Balm too, with the same aroma, that you apply on your pulse points whenever you need a little lift during the day. I am a huge fan of scents and aromatherapy and believe in their power to calm the mind, and I always try to use aromatherapy oils in my yoga classes too and on my pillow at night (lavender is the best to help with sleep).
Lastly, this Savasana essentail oil blend by Bamford is permanently by my bedside, and I roll it on my wrists and temples before I go to sleep because having this bedtime ritual genuinely helps me to wind down. I’ve always wished I was the type of person that could fall asleep anywhere, be it on a chair, on a plane, in a car, but my body needs a proper ritual and wind down annoyingly. So this is a 100% organic blend of soothing camomile, lavender and geranium (read: roll it on and have the best sleep ever).
On to my skincare favourites getting me through winter. I’ve been loving By Sarah London and their organic oils and potions lately, and their coconut lip balm is forever in my coat pocket ready to use. It’s silky smooth, smells of coconuts (need I say more) and is 100% organic, made from coconut oil. Plus, their packaging is really fresh and just looks great if you’re a sucker for minimal packaging like me.
Their Organic Body Oil and Organic Facial Oil feel so luxurious, and are similarly made with 100% organic ingredients, made from cold pressed oils and don’t have any fragrances or essential oils in them which is so refreshing. Although I love essential oils for their smell, I don’t love putting them on my face if I’m honest, as they can be somewhat irritating for some skin types. My skin can be sensitive so I have to watch what I put on it, and most face oils contain essential oils such as lavender or orange which just feel too strong for my skin, so By Sarah London have taken all the worry away by excluding them. Instead, they use argan, primrose, apricot and pumpkin oils, which are rich in omega fatty acids and high in vitamin E, a potent antioxidant, which protects the skin from environmental stressors as well as boosting hydration levels. I did a little interview with the lovely ladies behind the brand a little while ago, read it here.
When I’ve stepped out the shower, my skin can often feel a little tight, so I like to use Liz Earle’s Instant Boost Skin Tonic spray for a quick hydration boost. This little spray is perfect for the winter months, as the cold weather and heating on full whack can wreak havoc with the skin, as well as in summer, when air conditioning is usually blasting out in every room. Containing hydrating aloe vera, softening glycerin, antioxidant vitamin E, and soothing cucumber fruit extract, it’s become a staple in my skin routine.
Finally, moving on to a new find, the Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel, and of course my much coveted Weleda Skin Food, two products that are in heavy rotation in my winter routine. The Elemis peel is really gentle, and great for sensitive skin that doesn’t take too well to glycolic acid peels. It contains enzymes from the papaya fruit, which gently eat away the dead skin and dirt on the skin surface and in the pores, so if your skin is lacking in brightness then this peel just helps to restore that glow without stripping your skin of its natural oils. The last product I am going to talk about is Weleda Skin Food, which is probably not new to most of you who read my blog, but I am just going to mention it again as it’s literally saving my skin this winter. If you get any dry flaky bits around your nose or lips (I know, not pretty), or if your skin just doesn’t seem to be drinking up any moisture from your serum or regular moisturiser, then this is for you. It’s extremely rich, and a little goes a long, long way to inject moisture back into the skin. I like to mix it with a little facial oil to help it go on more smoothly, and to use it as a lip balm before bed.
Last but not least, a few supplements that are always in my wellbeing routine: Wild Nutrition Multi-Strain Biotic, Bare Biology Lion Heart, and a new find bringing me all the excitement is Wonder Workshop Golden Shrooms.
I’ve talked about Wild Nutrition before here, but I’ll just mention them again. Their Multi-Strain Biotic is a high strength (30 billion), unique complex of 8 strains of bacteria in powder form to support shifts in bacteria or flora. It’s not about the amount of bacteria though, but the variety, and this brand has made sure that they aren’t skimping on any of the healthy bacteria strains. It’s so easy to take, just mix a teaspoon into water and drink on an empty stomach in the mornings to support your digestive system.
On to my favourite omega 3 oil, Lion Heart by Bare Biology. I was lucky enough to teach a workshop in collaboration with them this year, and I can tell you that the ladies behind this brand are such a lovely group and so passionate about what they do. This omega oil is extremely high in quality, containing no added preservatives or bulking agents, just pure omega 3 fish oil with 3000mg EPA & DHA per teaspoon (the fatty acids that are great for your body and skin). I take this daily, and it helps me to get my daily intake of omega 3 fats as let’s face it, not everyone has time or can afford to be eating large quantities of organic wild Alaskan salmon everyday. I don’t know if it’s linked, but I haven’t come down with any illness or cold this winter, or since about May when I got a little spring cold, so something is definitely working.
Finally, I picked this little pot of mushroom goodness by Wonder Workshop up and have been adding it to my smoothies. It contains a powerhouse of different mushroom types, including Reishi, a powerful adaptogenic mushroom that has been shown to up-regulate immune cell function and improve immune response. Also Cordyceps, a powerful adaptogen that fights free radicals, and helps improve physical performance and is a natural aphrodisiac (always a good thing, right?). It is a powerful adaptogen that supports immune system function and fights free radicals. It tastes of fiery ginger and chocolate, so works really well with any almond or nut milk, a little fruit to sweeten, and a protein powder.
Any questions about any of the above, just let me know in the comments,