How to look after our skin during the winter months

Updated: Nov 23, 2021

We are moving slowly towards winter. Days are getting colder and nights are getting longer. Our bodies are craving for the warmth of a cosy blanket and a nice cup of tea.

Hello! My name is Yana – founder and owner of ShaNaMetics. Welcome to my 8th blog post.

Our skin needs special care during the cold winter months. As we go from the cold outdoors to the over-warm indoors, the blood vessels in our skin change rapidly to deal with the shifting temperature, causing redness. The shifting conditions also draw moisture from our skin. Low temperature is accompanied by less humidity outdoors and dry environments produced by heating indoors. This temperature variability can cause irritation and inflammation. The result is poorer skin hydration and dry skin.

To protect our skin form the elements, we need to keep it moist and protect it from trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL). Trans-epidermal water loss means that the water in our skin evaporates when exposed to the elements, leaving it dehydrated. This is where ingredients like carrier and essential oils and butters can help. These wonderful natural ingredients create protective barrier over your skin without blocking your pores. That way your skin is protected and can breathe at the same time.

Our skin is responsible for eliminating waste, yet products containing or derived from petroleum may block the skin’s pores making it difficult for toxins to escape. Natural oils work with body’s chemistry. Many of them are high in antioxidants, which helps to combat the harmful effects of free radicals caused by pollution and UV lights. Other oils are known for their therapeutic and skin-renewal benefits.

Carrier oils are effective for protecting the skin from drying out and nourishing it in the cold winter months. Many carrier oils simulate sebum, which is the skin’s natural moisturiser. Essential Fatty Acids are necessary for dry skin and particularly for skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. Fatty acids supports the natural PH level or acid mantle of the skin, protecting the skin and body from bad bacteria. The acid mantle is vital to our health as this is the first line of defence. A diet rich in omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids and using carrier oils on the skin will significantly nourish and improve the skin’s appearance.

Body butters can also help maintain our skin healthy and hydrated during the cold winter months. A ‘butter’ is a naturally sourced, hard vegetable fat obtained from the kernels or nuts of plants that are solid at room temperature. These butters have nothing to do with dairy products, they just have similar texture.

Butters and oils are high in essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals and are luxurious ingredients in ShaNaMetics face and body range.

Important ingredients in ShaNaMetics skin care range are essential oils. I love essential oils. Essential oils are plant compounds with healing properties. Pure essential oils contain active components that work in harmony with your body’s natural balance.

Essential oils have a range of healing properties, targeting everything from anxiety to dry skin.

When formulated in a skin care product, essential oils, carrier oils and body butters work together to help heal dry and cracked skin.

When I tried my first products with carrier oils and butters, I couldn’t believe the result! Finally! No dry skin, especially after bath, shower or exfoliation. Even after epilation my skin recovers a lot quicker with the help from my body oil.

I have said time and time again that the best skin care in the world would not matter if you had unhealthy lifestyle. Healthy skin starts from inside. Keeping your body hydrated, eating the right foods and keeping your stress levels low, will help you to maintain healthy skin during the winter months.

Fizzy drinks and many fruit juices are loaded with added sugars. Sugar damages the collagen linking in our skin. Collagen is responsible for keeping our skin supple and tight. When it gets damaged, we experience signs of aging like wrinkles and sagging. I rarely have a sip of fizzy drink and I don’t remember the last time I had ‘fruit’ juice. My water bottle is always near me. I drink a smoothie and 3 – 4 cups of herbal tea a day. Healthy hot and cold beverages are beneficial for my skin and overall wellbeing.

Nutrition and its reflection on skin has always been an interesting topic for me. I know from experience that if I eat processed food my skin will suffer and if I eat healthy food my skin will glow.

Fruit and vegetable are packed with vitamins and minerals. Green vegetables for example are high in Vitamin C, B-group vitamins, folate, fibre and minerals.

Fruits can help nourish your skin. Regular consumption of fresh fruits provides vitamin C, E along with zinc, folate. These nutrients enhance the condition of your skin via rejuvenating damaged skin cells leaving it firm and smooth.

I include nuts and seeds in my diet. Nuts and seeds are good sources of protein, healthy fats, fibres, vitamins and minerals.

Stress is the enemy when it comes to good skin. It can disrupt with our skin’s natural balance and break down collagen, which can speed up aging.

Finding ways to effectively manage stress can go a long way in helping to keep your skin looking radiant. Good workout releases endorphins and lowers the stress hormone, cortisol.

You may also try getting into a daily meditation or yoga practice, taking a walk in nature, crafting, anything that keeps your mind busy in a positive, creative way and makes you happy.

I like walking bare foot on the grass and taking deep breaths. Nature is the best remedy for stress.

Everything I have talked about so far is based on my knowledge and experience. Follow your instincts and do what’s best for you.

I encourage you to have a look at my website and treat yourself with a beautiful skin care product.

Lots of Love,


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