The seasonal highs of winter – getting cosy by the fire, walks in the fresh crisp air and recreational snow sports – are enjoyed by Kiwis all over the country, they can however result in some unpleasant side effects when it comes to your skin. The colder climate combined with drying indoor heat can result in tight feeling, itchy and dehydrated skin. So what can you do about this?
Prepare your skin
Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! No matter how many creams, serums and oils are applied, dry skin will remain dry without exfoliation. Dry, dead skin cells accumulate and prevent topical products from soaking in. By gently buffing away this build up it allows your products to penetrate deeper into the layers of the skin, making them more effective.
The Herb Farm offers 4 different exfoliants that are specifically designed to benefit the different skin types, Oily & Combination, Normal (including sensitive), Dry and Signs of Ageing.
Use a serum
Serums deliver a very high concentration of active ingredients in small molecules that are more easily absorbed deep into the skin. Our Radiance Boost Facial Serum is a light, easily absorbed aqueous-based serum packed full of nature’s super skin foods. It contains Elderberry Extract that is high in bioflavonoids that defend your skin against seasonal changes and NZ Seaweed Extract which helps to improve skins elasticity and regeneration.
Give your routine a hydration boost
We all know moisturising is a key step in any skincare routine, but you may find the moisturiser you use for the rest of the year isn’t quite meeting your needs in the winter. You can give it a boost by adding a couple of drops of our Intensive Face Oil to the cream before you apply it. The Calendula Oil in it helps to heal and soothe you skin while the Tamanu Oil penetrates deep into the layers of your skin, plumping it and giving you a glow.
Get some beauty sleep
On cool winter nights the air temperature drops, while the temperature of your skin increases. This means your hydration loss is at an all-time high while you sleep. Our Hydrating Overnight Face Mask helps to lock in moisture and leave your skin feeling nourished. Peony Extract, Evening Primrose Oil and Borealine® Expert work together to give you a smooth and youthful appearance while helping to repair the days damage.
Use daily protection
You can provide your skin with daily protection against the elements with a simple spritz. Our Protecting Skin Defend Mist uses nature’s own defence mechanisms to protect you against the drying and ageing effects of environmental pollutants and stressors. Xanthan Gum forms an invisible shield while powerful antioxidants work their magic fighting free radicals. It can be used over make up to finish off your morning routine and then spritzed throughout the day to refresh your skin and provide extra protection.
It's not all about your face
In winter all skin becomes tighter and dry. It's very tempting to take long hot showers to warm yourself up but this can actually make the problem worse. Hot water can strip your skin of its natural oils making it more prone to tightness and flaking. Showering in warm water and using a moisture rich and chemical free soap like our Soothe & Heal Soap will leave your skin nourished and soft. Our Soothe & Heal Cream is also great for applying post shower shave.