Facial Skincare SOS!

Has winter taken it’s toll on your skin? It’s common for your skin to feel more dull, look a little more tired and be all-round less glowy during the cold winter months than it is over the summertime.  Well, don’t worry- I’m here to help!

Being a little tomboy as a child and with the nature of my job, I’ve always tended not to wear much make-up. Meaning that on a day-to-day basis, my skin is often completely bare. I prefer it that way, but it does mean that when winter hits and I no longer have my summer bronze to do the job, I need to look even more so towards my skincare routine to keep my skin glowing. I am obsessed with moisturising (I moisturise my face three times per day and body at least once, sometimes twice), so it’s no surprise that I’ve trialled a fair few products. Here are my fave ones to give your skin that much needed boost!

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My Favourite Skincare For Face & Body

Darker evenings and colder mornings are upon us, which means one thing. Winter is near. The weather may be looking pretty dull, but that doesn’t mean that your skin has to too. Here are my go-to skincare products for keeping my skin healthy, hydrated and glowing throughout the cold winter months.

For Your Face

Deep Hydration

If you’re looking for a product to intensely hydrate your skin then Dr. Roebuck’s Ultimite Hydrating Serum (£51) at Selfridges may just do the trick. Dr. Roebuck’s pride themselves on using natural and ‘minimal ingredients with maximum results.’ I headed to Selfridges and picked up a personalised serum for my skin type and am in love (ask in store for details). I find that the serum also help add that dewy look to your skin if you’re going make up free.

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How Much Water Should You Really Be Drinking?

We all know that we’re supposed to drink a certain amount of water per day, yet there’s so much nutritional information in the media today that it’s not always easy to filter through it all. Not only that, many people don’t realise the importance of drinking water.

So, why do we need to drink water?

Our bodies are composed with a whopping 60% water. It is used to transport nutrients, regulate our temperature, as lubrication and is the environment in which every single chemical reaction in the body takes place. As little as 2% loss of water seriously comprises our mental and physical performance. Our energy levels slump, blood pressure lowers (causing less blood to the brain and reduced concentration), headaches set in and muscle function decreases. In fact, with insufficient water intake we put ourselves at risk of death. Did you know, although not healthy or recommended, we can live for over a month without food yet if we were to go without water for a week we would die!

OK, how much water should we really be drinking then?

2 litres per day if we haven’t exercised. That’s a minimum of 2 litres and must be increased if we take part in any physical activity. We lose 2-2.5l/day alone just through breathing, sweating and urination. 1-2l/hour is lost during exercise!

Sounds like a lot! How can I ensure that I hit 2l?

I recommend to carry 2l water bottle with you each day and sip it throughout the day. If you’re not used to drinking so much, you might find that you need to go to the toilet a little more that usual. This is normal and will settle down after a couple of weeks! Also, we do get some water from the food that we eat. This shouldn’t be confused as part of your 2l! That’s additional water that is vital for our bodies to function.

And if I’m exercising?

Take a sports bottle with you to drink throughout the session. Refill at the end to ensure maximum re-hydration. You can see my favourite ones right here!

Is any fluid classed as part of my 2 litres?

Definitely not. Diuretics such as alcohol and caffeine (found in tea, coffee and most soft drinks) actually dehydrate the body and shouldn’t be counted as part of the 2l. In fact, they should really be avoided.

It may not be easy to hit 2 litres a day, but it is important. People who don’t usually hit the recommended amount can notice huge differences in their concentration and performance just by upping their intake! If there’s one thing that you do today, make sure that it’s to drink your water! x

Guest Writer Lois Brown talks Aloe Vera 

Our favourite guest writer is back once again (yippeee) and as a bit of a nutrition expert, I always look forward to hearing Lois’s top food and drink finds. This time she’s blogging all about her new found love for a super healthy drink… Here’s why Lois thinks that Aloe Vera water is one to try! x

I recently discovered Aloe Vera water and was pleasantly surprised at the refreshing and sweet taste of this yummy beverage!

After some research, I loved the sound of all of its health and beauty benefits. Aloe Vera is packed full of amino acids, vitamins including A, C and E and minerals such as Calcium, Iron and Zinc, making it a fabulous drink for detoxing and for boosting your immune system. It helps with lowering blood cholesterol and blood sugar levels and if that isn’t enough, it also helps to increase the healthiness of your hair and promotes hair growth.

Aloe Vera, in its pure leaf form, can sooth skin issues such as acne or burns and is great for skin hydration and building skin’s natural defences- meaning that I’m on a crazy hunt for Aloe Vera product to keep my skin glowing all summer!

Ensure that you’re feeling fresh and healthy after all of this weekend’s Bank Holiday madness by popping down to your local supermarket and trying my new favourite source of hydration!

With Love, Lois x

P.S. It’s available at Tesco for only £1.05 for a 500ml bottle!

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The Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Cream

When it’s cold our hands need that little extra care to keep them feeling soft and looking great. I’m a huge fan of The Body Shop’s Almond Hand & Nail Cream. Not only does it work wonders for my skin, it also smells delicious and it’s a great size to pop in your bag or to keep on your desk!

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The strain that our hands go through on a day to day basis means that they need extra moisturisation than the rest of our body. Just think of the work that your hands put in- everything from carrying bags to opening letters (fan mail I like to pretend) to lifting weights at the gym. Give them the care that they deserve by aiming to moisturise at least five times per day or more if they’re feeling extra dry!
You can Buy your own Almond Hand & Nail Cream from The Body Shop online and in store (£5 for 30ml and £11 for 100ml). I love a good hand cream- what’s your fave? I’d love to hear! xx

Stay Hydrated

Water is essential for beautiful skin, hair, nails and for maintaining top health. It’s especially important in helping us to exercise to our fullest ability. But, did you know that by the time our brains recognise thirst, our bodies are already dehydrated? Booo!

Unfortunately, most of us don’t sip quite enough of the good stuff as we should be doing. The recommended amount is about 2 litres per day, but this does vary slightly dependent on age, height, body mass, gender and the amount of exercise that we participate in. I recommend keeping a water bottle with you at all times. It will remind you to fill up on water, ensuring that your body’s hydrated all day long.

Oh and by the way, consuming enough water can also prevent us from over-eating, as sometimes our bodies mistake thirst for hunger. Meaning that drinking a little more water each day might just help us to loose a couple of pounds!

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