Over the next 4 weeks, we’ll pose some questions, share some trends, and give you a few little hints on how to get your skin ready for summer.
While we’re in the throes of winter, it’s hard to think about the summer months ahead, with shorter skirts, strappy tops and, if we really do our best to be prepared for that African holiday, bikinis and shorts. For many women (and men, come to think of it), winter seems to induce hibernation from all things healthy. The gyms empty out, spas and salons are seldom visited, and carbohydrates rule the day. This is the biggest mistake any health conscious person can make.
We all know that after the over-indulgence of culinary winter-warmers, loaded with high GI carbs, and more comfort food than we need, the extra kilos gradually build up, and while they remain hidden under all the extra layers of clothing, they’re likely to be the cause of great consternation, come spring. It’s not only the kilos that tell the tale of our unhealthy choices; the tone and texture of our skin is affected by reduced blood-flow, and a sedentary lifestyle too. Dry skin, flaking, and sagging are not exactly what we want displayed when we bring out those summer dresses.
The solution? Start now!
It goes without saying that exercise increases core body temperature, so getting into the gym, or doing a good workout at home, is the best way to warm up when the cold gets you down. The serotonin, dopamine and endorphins that are released into your bloodstream while exercising, produce feelings of well-being, as well as reducing pain and giving you that extra “get up and go” feeling. In the summer months, exposure to sunlight on our skin helps our bodies to produce vitamin D, which in turn helps produce serotonin. In winter, with less exposure to sunlight, we need to find alternative ways of producing serotonin. What better motivation to get up off the couch, put down the bowl of popcorn, and get exercising? If the thought of warming up isn’t enough, think about this; an increase in core body temperature increases your metabolism, which in turn causes your body to burn calories for fuel at an increased rate. It’s a win-win situation. Your skin benefits from all of this too. With increased blood-flow to the surface of your skin, oxygenated blood brings a healthy glow to skin that can too easily look lifeless or dull.
Stretching out after exercising may make you realise just how dehydrated your skin gets during the cold, dry winter months. For those of you who live in a humid environment, you may not experience this to the same extent as those who live in dryer regions. Either way, most people experience dry skin during winter. That tight feeling after a bath or shower, itching and flaking skin, and a crêpey look are all signs that your skin is lacking the essential moisture it needs to remain supple and to heal itself effectively. MatsiMela Home Spa offers a range of premium body care products that will enhance your skin’s natural defenses against dryness. In addition to simply moisturizing your skin, it is important to consider the healing benefits, anti-cellulite and exfoliation capabilities of the ingredients of any skincare products you use.
Exfoliation is the beginning. A good mud scrub or a Kalahari Salt scrub are excellent for this. Contrary to popular belief, exfoliation isn’t simply about scrubbing off the surface layer of dead skin cells. It’s not just about what you’re removing, but what you’re doing to replace lost nutrients, and to protect and assist your skin’s natural defenses.
Next week’s article will give you more insight into this process. In the meantime, have you ever thought about the intricate and wonderful way in which your body protects itself? Your skin is like a delicate and yet formidable suit of armour. If you take care of it, it’ll take care of you.