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Help your skin survive the festive season

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Whether you're baking in the sun or the snow, look after your skin to maintain your glow

No matter where you are or what you end up doing this festive season, you still need to take care of your skin. With such extreme weather patterns and stock shortages affecting most of the world now, this can sometimes be easier said than done.

Unfortunately, these very pressures make looking after your skin even more important than ever. As your body's largest organ, if you neglect your skin, you can potentially harm your skin's immunity system. This, in turn, can lead to issues with inflammation, impaired wound healing, scarring, etc.

But what happens if you're heading away this festive season and you forget a key part of your skincare regime?

You can always turn to your kitchen or food supplies that you may have with you. Some items that can help save your skin from dehydration and weather extremes are as simple as these kitchen staples that you're likely to have on hand even if you're away at a beach somewhere.


Not only are oats great for getting a good start to the day with a hearty bowl of porridge, but they are also incredibly soothing for your skin. Any form of oats produces what's called mucilage when combined with water. This mucus-like substance is a great source of protein, potassium, iron phosphates, magnesium, and silicon. This combination of protein and minerals works together to create something especially helpful for itchy dry or burnt skin.


If you've ever mashed banana to make a banana loaf or banana cake, you've more than likely observed that it becomes beautifully thick and creamy when mashed. Not only does this make it especially easy to use as a facial mask but it's also an incredible moisturizer that can help rehydrate tired, over-exposed skin.


I'm sure you've all heard by now that honey is extremely good for you but did you know then it's fantastic for your skin as well. Honey is particularly rich in vitamins and minerals especially potassium which heals, soothes, nourishes and softens the skin. It acts as what is known as a humectant which helps the moisture stay in your skin. You can either use it by itself on your skin or combine it with other ingredients that you may find in the kitchen to create a soothing facial mask or even something to help with sunburn.


Because cucumber is made up of about 90% of water maybe even as high as 93% it is a fantastically cooling option when you've had a rough day in the sun. Because of the high water content, you can blend it up or even mash it with a fork of that's all that you have with you and it becomes a liquid. You can use this liquid on your skin to help cool and soothe at after a rough day on the beach the boat or even working out in the backyard.


Most of the time you will have some milk with you regardless of where you are. But did you know that milk is especially soothing and great at cleaning off your skin? This is because of the protein and lactic acid that is found in milk. Simply put a little bit of milk onto a facecloth or a cotton pad and you can use that to clean your face very effectively.

Olive oil

Another way to cleanse and soften your skin is olive oil. Olive oil is commonly used on barbecues or in the kitchen around the world and is a polyunsaturated vegetable oil rich in antioxidants, fatty acids, and Vitamin E. Due to its antioxidant content, it's also fantastic at combatting inflammation. As a rich oil, it is suitable for dry skin. When used as an oil cleanser, it rehydrates your skin and restores the normal acid mantle of your skin.


As you probably already know, eggs are very high in protein but did you know they are an exceptionally good source of vitamins and minerals as well. Eggs are a fantastic addition to any skin care regimen because they are very effective at moisturizing dry flaky skin.

Not only are eggs fantastic at moisturizing and tightening your skin, but they make a fantastic conditioner for your hair as well. If your hair is very dry after a day in the ocean or a pool, simply grab a can of beer and mix an egg into it. This results in a brilliant conditioner that helps restore some life and shine to your hair.

Separately, these items work incredibly well at refreshing and soothing your skin regardless of if you've been baking in the sun or braving the winter snow.

However, when combined, you can come up with a fantastic array of cleansers, masks, soothing creams, and lotions.

If you would like some more information on how to combine these ingredients together, download our Festive Season Skincare Survival Guide and subscribe to our mailing list.


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