It’s been cold out there lately and your skin is likely to be suffering for it. While many of us may think that dry skin, chapped hands, dull hair and the ability to eat ones own body weight in comfort food, is just something we have to put up with in the colder months, there are things we can do. At SOS, we’ve been compiling a list of our best beauty hacks to banish the winter blues.
Winter Beauty Hack 1: Gently does it
While it can be tempting to blast away dry, dead skin at home with your most abrasive exfoliator, at this tricky time of the year, you do need to take care not to cause any additional damage.
“Nobody likes having dry skin, especially on your face. It’s best to start with a gentle exfoliator that won’t damage your natural moisture barrier,” Explains Jade Xie, owner of SOS. “When your skin is under attack from harsh weather, it can be easy to throw everything at your face and over exfoliate, but that can leave your skin feeling worse than it did to begin with. So whether you are adding to an existing skincare regime or giving yourself a winter overhaul, it is wise to start small and gentle – especially if using new products at home – that way, you can always build products up to achieve the desired results.”
Alternatively, you could consult your local salon for the best treatment for your skin type. From facials to microdermabrasion a professional skin treatment can do much to combat dry skin, especially if you keep up with the aftercare at home.
“Everyone’s skin is different so there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to skincare.” Continued Jade. “If you are ever in doubt about what’s best for you, ask an expert. At SOS our trained beauty therapists can talk you through the best professional treatments and at-home care for your skin type.”
Winter Beauty Hack 2: Nature knows best
At SOS we are big fans of natural skincare products, (check out Elemis and Environ if you are too), so if it’s a choice between using something natural vs chemical, it’s natural all the way. But did you know there are plenty of natural products around the home that can help put life back into lackluster hair and chapped skin?
“Invest in a pot of coconut oil.” Says Jade. “If you can get used to the texture, it’s like the holy grail of natural products when it comes to its moisturizing properties. Not only is it great to use on your hair to help revive split ends and use as a deep conditioner, but it soothes damaged skin too. Many people use it on their face and body as a moisturizer and it really comes into its own if you have chapped lips and hands.
“Just keep in mind that while it’s called an oil, it will solidify at room temperature. You should always be careful when washing coconut oil off your skin or hair, as there is a small risk it will solidify once down your plug hole – while it may solve your dry skin, nobody wants a plumbing problem. Coconut oil is inexpensive and can be picked up from the supermarket, so if you try it and it’s not for you, you can always use it for cooking instead.”
Winter Beauty Hack 3: Amazing oatmeal
Talking of natural products, if you think that oatmeal is just for breakfast, think again. Those who suffer with eczema or other dry skin conditions will have long known about the soothing properties of oatmeal, but for the uninitiated it’s one of the biggest beauty secrets out there.
“Add one or two cups of oatmeal to your bath to help combat dry and itchy skin. The oats contain sugars and fats that help to moisturize and lubricate the skin. And if you are heating off for some winter sun, an oatmeal bath can be great for sunburn too!”
Of course an oatmeal bath may not be for everyone, so you’ll be glad to know your local salon will be full of body treatments to help revive and moisturize even the driest of skin.
Winter Beauty Hack 4: Living the steam dream
In the deepest darkest winter day, what could be more inviting than the heat of a steam room? Regular use of steam rooms can make you feel great while giving a boost to your skin and general health too.
While this might not be one you can do at home, benefits include:
- Improved circulation and blood flow.
- Opening up of airways.
- Stress reduction, allowing you to relax and unwind.
- Easing stiff joints and sore muscles.
- Cardiovascular benefits such as lowering of blood pressure.
- Detox by kick starting the circulatory and lymphatic systems in the body.
- Opening the pores and clearing out any impurities, giving your skin a well earned detox too.
- Reducing symptoms of acne (with regular steam room use).
- Rosy and refreshed complexion, with a natural glow.
- It increases your metabolism.
And the good news is you can enjoy a steam room session for free when you book any of our one-hour massages. (This offer can only be used twice a week).
Winter Beauty Hack 5: Nail your handcare
Unfortunately cold air equals dry hands and brittle nails. “If you have not invested in a heavy duty hand and nail cream, it is time to do so now.” Says Jade. “Like our faces, our hands are often exposed to the cold and so are particularly susceptible to drying out.”
You may have also noticed that your nails have stopped growing as fast as they did over the summer. To avoid any damage when removing old Shellac polish always ensure you go for a professional shellac soak-off treatment – it’s the perfect way to remove old polish and will keep your nails as healthy as possible.
“If you normally only go for a basic manicure, now is the time to upgrade your manicure to one which also includes a hand treatment. For instance our Luxury Spa Manicure includes hand exfoliation and a luxurious hand and arm massage to ensure your hands look as good as your nails. Even if you only do it as an occasional treat, it can still help to give your skin the boost it deserves.”
So if you need some professional advice on caring for your winter skin or would like to book yourself a treatment in, either pop into the salon at 765 Fulham Road, London SW6 5HA, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 020 7371 5118.