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Winter Skin Care Tips You Need to Know

Our mood and health aren’t the only things that chilly winter temperatures can have a detrimental impact on. With lower air humidity, harsh environmental elements and almost constant exposure to air conditioning, your complexion could be suffering from its own case of the winter blues. Fortunately, it’s not impossible to restore hydration and luminosity to parched skin. Keep reading to discover the winter skin care tips that will give you the glowing skin of your dreams.

The 3 Winter Skin Care Tips That Will Change Your Skin

Clean up your routine

If your skin has taken a bit of a beating from the cooler months, the first place to start revamping your skincare routine is to check out your cleansing routine, explains Elizabeth ArdenPRO global director of education, Tracey May Harriott. “The number one tip for going into a new season is to check out your cleansing routine; you always need to look at the condition of your canvas,” says Harriott. If you’re not using the right cleanser for your skin type and the season, further efforts in your routine could become fruitless. “You can’t expect a new serum to work wonders if you don’t take care of your canvas,” she says.

Care for sensitive skin

Environmental changes that come with the arrival and departure of the seasons can play a key role in skin health. And while sensitive skin has many causes, May-Harriott lists environment and sun damage as two of the most common causes. Unhappy, sensitive skin, explains May-Harriott, isn’t generally something we’re born with. “We can all go through periods of sensitivity; it can come and go,” she explains.

“The great thing is though as it is a skin ‘condition’, you can get reduce the sensitivity and watch out for those triggers to maintain this condition in the future.” Exposure to the sun, humidity levels and other environmental factors can all lead to increased skin sensitivity. If your skin does flare up due to seasonal changes the first thing to do says May-Harriott is to pare back the other aspects of your routine and strengthen your skin.

Don’t forget the sunscreen

May-Harriott also stresses that omitting certain products from your routine when the seasons change can also contribute to a host of skin problems too. When it comes to winter skin care tips that really should be followed all-year round, wearing sunscreen each day comes out on top. We all should know by now just how vital sunscreen is in our day-to-day routine and May-Harriott says not wearing one causes more problems than sunburn. “Not wearing a sun protection product can make the skin very sensitive too in warm, sunnier climates,” she explains. “Sometimes it’s not about what to avoid but more about if you don’t use a certain product in your routine you can make the skin more sensitive.”

Not sure if your skin is dry or just dehydrated? Here’s how to tell.

Hemp as food

There’s a new flavour in our supermarkets, our burger bars and our health food shops: hemp.

Over a year ago, the Government changed regulations to allow hemp seed to be treated in the same way as any other edible seed.

Dave Jordan is chief executive of Hemp Farm NZ, which has been promoting the crop in this country since 2008 and has brought products to the market since 2011.

He and wife Anne’s company sells hemp seed oils, hemp seed and oat milk, protein powders, a skin care range and capsules to the New Zealand market.

Hemp seed oil is one of nature’s richest sources of essential fatty acids, including omega 6 and omega 3, and high protein levels. It’s a great source of vitamin E and minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc.

Now the superfood is being used in just about everything. The Jordans’ website features 25 different recipes from salads to smoothies, pates to pesto, crackers and chips – even “hempuccinne”!

Look around the health food aisle in the supermarket and you’ll find the Hempy Bar, a snack for kids that’s said to be better for your family than traditional muesli bars.

Made by a South Island trio known as The Brothers Green, it’s sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, 100 per-cent plant-based and comes in several flavours.

Some off-the-shelf smoothies also get a bad press for high sugar content but the Nelson-based Chia Sisters’ new hemp offerings are healthy and filling.

In September came the big breakthrough for hemp-based food: BurgerFuel launched its limited-edition Electric Puha burger – plant-based, locally sourced and 100% vegan.

“Pūhā and cabbage kraut” and hemp seed oil aioli joined rocket, relish and avocado inside an organic hemp sourdough bun.

You could team it with crumbed hemp and broccoli bites (a combo of hemp seed butter, pumpkin seeds, chickpeas and broccoli) and wash it down with a smoothie of hemp milk, coconut ice cream, banana, golden kiwifruit and native greens.

Like to taste some hemp flavours? Visit hempfarm.co.nz/hemp-recipes/