So the cooler mornings and dark evenings have set in….autumn is here and winter is looming…but it’s not all doom and gloom…this time of the year brings plenty of fun change to our lives! Not only do the trees glow beautiful golden hues, and we get to bring out our fab winter wardrobes with boots, stylish jackets and warm winter makeup colours, but we also get to revamp our skincare regime! Just like our clothes, we need to swap our skincare products to suit the season so we continue to radiate all year round!

Firstly let’s take a look at how this change of season effects our skin…

Cooler autumn and winter weather tends to be drier and have less humidity than summer. The drier the air the more moisture is sucked from our skin, which is why we often experience dry and flaky skin, as well as ezchema, in winter!

If you work in an environment with a blasting heating system all day, this again reduces humidity, resulting in dehydrated skin.

The cooler seasons can stop us feel as thirsty as in summer, which can result in a lower level of fluids being consumed! This is an obvious one as the less water we drink the more dehydrated we become.

Lastly, although hotter showers and baths on chilly mornings and evenings make us feel warmer, and are a lovely way to relax, they can strip our skin of its natural oils, leaving it feeling tight and dry!

So how do we overcome these factors?

Richer, more nourishing skincare product alternatives are key to ensuring your skin is protected from drying out and staying hydrated! And we’re not just talking about your face…your whole body needs nourishing moisture during autumn and winter!

Pure Fiji is one of our miracle workers at not only defending your skin from the elements, but also feeding it the nutrients it needs to be healthy, for a softer, smoother complexion. If you have used this range before you will know exactly what we’re talking about! Check out all the goodness that is packed into this amazing, heavenly scented range…

‘Pure Fiji products are made up of exotic drift nut oils and powerful plant actives! Cold pressed coconut, dilo, macadamia and sikeci nuts revered for their medicinal and beautifying properties contribute pure, unadulterated nourishment, moisturisation, nutrition and protection. Sugar cane, pineapple, papaya, passionflower and green coconut are freshly harvested too and processed within hours to preserve their fresh bounty of naturally occurring nutrients. The blend of Deep-sea plants provide protection from the inevitable aging effects of the sun and the inimitable Ngi grass contribute to the formula for enhanced hydration and drastically improved moisturisation!’

From body sugar rubs to remove dry, rough skin, to deeply moisturising body oils and butters, our Pure Fiji range is most definitely a tried and trusted range for keeping your skin beautiful this winter. If you can’t make it into our salon, you can check our range out and purchase it online here… http://paniaryan.co.nz/pure-fiji-products/

As well as looking after our skin from the outside, we must also pay close attention to what we feed our skin from the inside! There’s nothing like tucking into healthy soups and herbal teas when it’s cold outside! Not only do they warm you up and their liquid content helps to keep you hydrated, they’re also a great way to give you vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are essential for glowing skin! One of our favourite soup recipes right now is Bestow Beauty’s Roast Cauliflower Soup! It is packed with vitamin B5, which the Bestow team explains ‘is an important vitamin for collagen formation and necessary for your skin to have a healthy oil production’. Here’s the recipe…

Ingredients:

1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, quartered
1 medium size cauliflower – florets
4 garlic cloves
, peeled
4-6 cups vegetable stock (low salt)
juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp curry powder
1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius. Shake the cauliflower florets, onion and garlic cloves in a plastic bag with the olive oil. Place all on a baking tray and roast for 30 minutes until the cauliflower is golden brown on the edges.

Remove from the oven, add to a food processor with all the other ingredients and process until smooth. Add more stock if you like a thinner soup.

Pour into a saucepan, heat for 10 minutes over a medium heat and serve.

If you would like advice on picking the best products to suit your skin this autumn and winter, please pop into our salon anytime and have a chat with one of our expert beauty therapists. We also offer a Specialised Skin Analysis & Diagnosis service using our OBSERV Diagnostic Device, which checks the health of your skin so we can prescribe the right treatments and products for optimum results. It is a perfect time to take a closer look at your skin, so if you’re interested in this service, find out more about the OBSERV here http://paniaryan.co.nz/specialised-skin-analysis-diagnosis/.