Protect from the Inside
Guard against infections and boost collagen with vitamin C. Vitamin A helps to feed the skin from the inside out and vitamin E is a powerful anti-oxidant which fights skin-ravaging free radicals and speeds the healing of scars. The minerals zinc and selenium aid the regeneration of skin. It is also important to have a balanced diet including 5 daily portions of fruit and veg so consider taking a supplement if you feeling you aren’t achieving this.
Winter skin can all too soon become dull and lifeless. Exfoliating once or twice a week can restore brightness and radiance. You can make your own exfoliant by mixing 1 cup of almond oil and 2 cups of Epsom Salts together in a jar and add a little grated lemon zest for fragrance. The scrub will keep for up to 6 months in an airtight container at room temperature. You can also buy exfoliating scrubs if you don’t fancy making your own.
Look for an oil-based moisturiser which will provide better protection against cold harsh winds. Avoid butter based shea moisturisers which can clog pores and opt for almond, jojoba or avocado-based products instead. Alternatively coconut oil can be applied straight onto the face. You can also make your own by adding 5 or 6 drops of almond oil to a couple of drops of water and rub into your face.
If your lips are chapped and flaky, apply a little honey, which has antifungal and antibacterial properties, and they will soon heal. If you find this too sticky, try a honey lip balm instead.
1. A range of facials, including Collagen Facial, Bee Venom Facial and Rebalancing Facials are available with Helen Shortland. For a longer facial massage try the half hour Vitality Lift Facial Massage with rosa mosqueta essential oil.
2. All vitamin and mineral supplements, plus a range of natural skincare products, are available from Little London Herbal Stores, 9 Kings Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2AE. Tel 0115 9472854 or visit www.all-ages-vitamins.co.uk.
Helen Shortland is a Reiki Master Teacher, Meditation Teacher and Holistic Therapist based at Little London Herbal Stores on Kings Walk in Nottingham city centre. Please ring her on 07748 591690 to book a treatment or visit her website http://helenshortland.com for further information.
Her current special offer for March is a Hydrating Facial for just £23!