As November gets into full swing colder weather is all around us, and while it may feel like a more magical time of year, it’s not always the kindest to our bodies. The combination of low temperatures, cold winds, low humidity and indoor central heating systems can all lead to drier, itchier skin which can be difficult to deal with and leave us feeling low. Below I’ve outlined three go to solutions for surviving the colder months which will provide you with healthier, happier skin this winter.
1. Nourishing Homemade Body Scrub
During the winter months you’re going to want to remove dry skin while staying moisturised, so one of my favourite things to do is to use a body wash that exfoliates without being too harsh, and nourishes the skin simultaneously. Combine ½ cup melted coconut oil, ¼ cup pink Himalayan salt and a few drops of essential oil to create a simple in shower body scrub. This recipe will remove all that dry, irritating skin with its scrub effect whilst simultaneously moisturising your body with the coconut oil, I absolutely swear by it in winter weather. In the colder months I like to add orange oil as this is when oranges are in season naturally, it smells great and it has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antidepressant properties to shake those winter woes away.
2. Moisturise Moisturise Moisturise
When it comes to moisturising beyond shower time, there’s nothing I can recommend more highly than Sophie la Girafe. They manufacture safe, ecological products that are designed for babies and children and work especially well on sensitive skin. However, they’re so effective that many adults use them too. Babies skin can be up to five times thinner than adults so a lot of care goes into their formulas, and their products contain no GMOs, synthetic perfume or dyes, parabens, SLS, SLES or any other synthetic nasties. They’re also 100% Vegan, Ecocert approved using natural and organic ingredients, produced ethically within the EU and eco-friendly in their production and packaging. While they carry a whole range of products, their body lotion and face cream are perfect for keeping your skin moisturised and cared for this winter. They aren’t heavy on the skin, they smell amazing and they’re particularly great at fighting the effects of harsh cold winds.
3. Look After Your Lips
If you want to keep your lips cared for without using harmful petroleum, it’s not too difficult to whip up a lip balm at home either. Combine one tablespoon of warm melted coconut oil, ⅔ teaspoon of wax shavings (I used soy wax which can easily be found online) and ¼ teaspoon of vanilla bean in a small container, allow to set and you’re good to go. You can add other things to your lip balm depending on your preferences, but for me, vanilla is particularly soothing and a beautiful smell for winter.
These are my top recommendations this winter season, the weather doesn’t get much more wintery than England so if they work for me, they should work for you too!
All photos: stellamina.com
Francesca Willow is a London based performance artist and founder of Ethical Unicorn, a website focusing on living an ethical, zero waste lifestyle. She trained in contemporary dance and spends a lot of time touring the world with international poets, but her passion in all that she does is to leave places better than when she found them. It was this that led her to start Ethical Unicorn, with the ambition to help busy people find simple solutions to make the world a more sustainable, happier place whilst still supporting innovation and the next generation of creative thinkers.