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LIFESTYLE: Winter Skin by Louise Green of www.vitalityaromatherapy.co.uk


Photography by Sarah Timms of www.photosbysarah.co.uk


In Winter, our skin can suffer from dual exposure to the weather and central heating. With low humidity outside and in, cold winds and harsh atmospheric conditions affect the way our skin’s outer layer retains moisture, causing dryness, sensitivity, tightness and flaking.


Our face and hands are generally worst affected as these are exposed to the elements so frequently. Chapped lips, dry skin, cracks between the fingers and sore, red patches around the nose are all common. If you live in the UK, you can’t avoid Winter altogether but there are natural, inexpensive ways to keep your skin looking and feeling good until the welcome arrival of Spring.


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Skin-savers for the face Employ your usual skin care regime but use products as natural as possible or make your own - some examples are given below. Using emollient


and soothing botanic


products on your skin every day will condition your skin, keeping it supple and moisturised.


Keep things simple. Avoid harsh chemicals which strip the natural oils of the skin and will further irritate any sensitive patches. For example, floral waters, such as Rose, Chamomile and Neroli, make fantastic toners. A simple day cream and luxurious facial oil at night will keep your skin happy.


Aromatherapy Facial Oil 30ml Argan Oil 9 drops total of Organic Essential Oil


1. Put the Argan oil into a dark glass dropper bottle and add your chosen essential oil blend or keep it un- fragranced if your skin is particularly sensitive.


2. Shake the bottle and keep in a cool place. 3. Apply a few drops of the blended oil each night, massaging gently into the skin with the finger tips to stimulate the circulation and the elimination of toxins.


Other examples of therapeutic Aromatherapy blends (with drop amounts) for dry skin: Rose Otto (3), Palma Rosa (2), Jasmine (1), Sandalwood (3) Neroli (3), Geranium (2), Lavender (2), Frankincense (2) German Chamomile (2), Lavender (3), Sandalwood (2), Rose (2)


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