Our skin is heavily influenced by the climatic conditions of our environment. One of the most important changes is the decrease of sunlight hours, which means that our vitamin D levels decrease.

Vitamin D has an important impact on our immune system, hormones, heart and thyroid gland. An underactive thyroid gland can lead to dry skin and lower moods. Colder temperatures, indoor heating and hotter showers can also contribute to skin dryness and a loss in hydration and elasticity.

6 ESSENTIAL TIPS TO TREAT DRY SKIN IN AUTUMN

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  1. Gentle cleansing is crucial to avoid damage to your protective barrier and moisture loss. Choosing a cleanser that purifies with plant extracts as opposed to drying soap agents, is one of the best investments you can make for your skin.

  2. The lips suffer when exposed to changes in humidity. Prevent dehydration and wrinkles by applying an extra boost of nourishing superfood lipids with the Smooth Addiction balm. This life-saving balm is free from sticky waxes and every application is a moment of pure pleasure.

  3. For many skin types it’s the ideal moment to use our rich Jouvence Divine cream with macadamia oil and shea butter. This extra-dose of balanced fatty acids provides the skin with natural ceramides, enabling it to maintain optimal moisture levels.

  4. In the evening nourish your skin with the very best cold-pressed fatty acids, enriched with plant extracts that naturally contain vitamin C and retinol. Midnight Rejuvenation is your ally to make sure your skin fat is well nourished, which is key to restore and maintain hydration and elasticity.

  5. Boost cell renewal thanks to the medicinal clays and plant nutrients in our Instant Liberation overnight masque. Apply 1-2 times per week and let it act all night.

  6.   Don’t forget the rest of your skin, because dry body skin also affects the skin on your face. Use less soap on your skin as it strips your protective barrier and causes hydration loss. Apply a few drops of Sensual Opulence on moist skin after the shower. Enjoy the mesmerising scent and gently massage this nutrient-packed oil into your skin. Dry body skin will be a thing of the past.

The skin of the lips is very thin as it has only three to five cellular layers, as compared to the typical facial skin that can have up to 16 layers. The lips do not contain sweat glands and therefore lack the protective layer of sweat and skin oils that maintain the skin smooth, regulate the temperature and inhibit pathogens. Due to these reasons, lips are more prone to dry out and become chapped.

On the other hand the skin of the lips renews four times faster than the rest of the skin. Therefore, if we apply the correct product, we can repair the lips very rapidly. Lips have a tendency to decrease in size over time (up to 1 mm every 5 years). Consequently it is crucial to take care of the lips to stop this aging process and to preserve the dimensions of the lips.  

We recommend applying only bioavailable ingredients on the lips (ingredients that the human body recognises and you could actually eat). It is important to avoid the application of synthetic fats, petroleum derivatives, hydrogenated fats and waxes (beeswax, lanolin, etc.). These  substances create a layer on top of the lips that creates the sensation of nutrition, but does not nourish the delicate lip skin. A vicious cycle starts by applying this artificial layer to the constantly dry lips.

The ideal products to nourish and protect the lips are the Smooth Addiction balm and the Eye Euphoria oil. Depending on the climate and other factors we recommend the daily application of one of these products and in some cases multiple applications throughout the day will be beneficial. Due to the fast renovation of the skin of the lips, we do not recommend to use peelings on these sensitive areas. If you wear lipstick, we recommend applying previously Smooth Addiction to nourish and protect the lips.

There are many other factors, external and internal, that influence the health of our lips:

EXTERNAL FACTORS

Environmental influences such as extreme temperatures (cold as well as heat) and also abrupt temperature changes as we are experiencing when we change from one season to the next.

Excessive sun exposure, strong wind and high humidity can also negatively affect the skin of the lips and cause dryness and chapped lips.

INTERNAL FACTORS

Fever, infections, allergies, bad digestion, tobacco and alcohol consumption, teeth and gum problems can contribute or cause dry and chapped lips.

Illnesses such as cold, catarrh and the flu can also have a negative impact on our lips. This also applies to certain medications. A lack of good sleep and anxiety (biting the skin of the lips) can lead to dry and chapped lips. An unbalanced hormonal system and problems with the liver are also aggravating factors in case of lip problems.

NUTRITION

A deficiency of certain vitamins such as vitamin D, the A vitamins and the group B vitamins (especially riboflavin) can have a negative effect on the ideal hydration of our skin and our lips.

The balance of the essential fatty acids Omega 3, 6, 7 and 9 is also extremely important for the skin and the lips. A balanced amount of essential fatty acids helps children, adolescents and adults to prevent these deficiencies, along with the risk of chronic illness and dermatological problems, which can become visible on the skin and lips.

VITAMIN D

Vitamin D deficiency is very common in today’s world. People hardly expose themselves to the sun, as they spend most of their time indoors. When going outdoors an increasing number of people apply sunscreen that blocks the synthesis of vitamin D.

During the pandemic the sun exposure has been even less than usual and as a result there is a higher incidence of dermatological problems related to this vitamin D deficiency. 

PREGNANCY

For pregnant or breastfeeding women it is essential to observe the balance of their intake of essential fatty acids. In case of a deficiency this would affect the skin, the lips and also their state of mind. Various studies prove that the foetus can accumulate up to 65 milligrams of Omega 3 per day during the last pregnancy trimester and during the breastfeeding period.

In spring there are more hours of sunlight and the intensity of the ultraviolet rays increases. The atmospheric pressure varies often and affects our circulation. Biometeorology has proven the interconnection between the atmosphere and the biosphere, meaning between the weather, the seasons and our health.

This season is a time of transition, a very delicate period. Many people feel tired in the spring because of the changes in light and temperature – this phenomenon is called “meteor-sensitivity. It is extremely important to prevent skin damage with high quality organic skincare during the springtime.

Profound Nutrition

In spring it is very important to nourish the skin with bioactivators that improve cell functioning with dynamogenic action, meaning it increases the resistance of the tissue to outside aggressions. The prickly pear seed oil and the Neroli essential oil in MIDNIGHT REJUVENATION act in synergy with calming plant extracts to improve the skin’s energy.

The combination of VELVET HYDRATION and MIDNIGHT REJUVENATION is especially beneficial in the morning to hydrate the areas of the decolleté, nose, mouth and eyebrows. It is highly recommended in case of spring dermatitis thanks to the high concentration of rose and neroli.

Overnight Renovation

The high content of beneficial plant extracts in the masque INSTANT LIBERATION effectively treats impurities in the springtime. We recommend to apply it twice per week, massaging a thin layer into the skin and letting it act the entire night.

Preparing for Summer

Mix the oil serum MIDNIGHT REJUVENATION with a small amount of the cream JOUVENCE DIVINE and apply this potion on the lip and eye contour, neck and decolleté. Apply it three times per week in the evening and tap in gently.

Autumn is the bridge between summer and winter. Nature’s colours are still shining brightly with vibrant oranges and reds, but we also see the first frosts and begin to wrap up warmly to protect against the new chill in the air.

In this season, daylight dwindles; the sun’s rays are getting weaker.

Plants and trees have to struggle and compete to get water and food to their roots, so nature saves energy and slows itself down.

Some trees enter their winter hibernation and their leaves fall, creating a colourful protective mantle on the earth.

What happens to our skin and our bodies in Autumn?

As daylight hours get shorter our levels of Vitamin D decrease.

Vitamin D has a huge influence on our hormones, our heart and our thyroid.

For this reason, in Autumn, cases of underactive thyroid increase. People with thyroid problems tend to have lower moods and dryer skin than in the summer. In addition, the return to work or to studies means we spend less time outdoors and we cannot benefit from the sun.

Additional factors that influence dry skin and aging in Autumn

As the temperature drops, people tend to take baths or showers with hotter water.

In some places, the cooling weather leads to the use of central heating, which, whilst drying the air in the room, dries out the epidermis simultaneously.

The combination of sudden temperature changes and sun-damaged skin from the summer means that the skin loses hydration and tone.

During this season, the skin’s tissue loses flexibility. It dries out easily or ages prematurely if not thoroughly cared for.

All of the external elements are factors that change emotional behavior and we all know that emotions have a strong influence on health and the appearance of the skin and hair.

This is the best time to start using the MIDNIGHT REJUVENATION oil serum on your face after showering because the pores open up when exposed to heat.

For best results, apply a few drops of SENSUAL OPULENCE on moist skin all over your body and gently massage the oil into the skin. Repeat 4 times a week or every day if your skin is very dry. The oil will rehydrate your skin and make it feel smooth and soft.

After summer, pay special attention to your lips

The skin around your lips is some of the most delicate on the body, so it suffers when exposed to changes in humidity, and if it becomes dehydrated, wrinkles will form around the mouth.

When sebum production is limited and there’s a lack of Vitamin D, the lips dry out and this gets even worse in Autumn.

Our advice would be to apply a bit of SMOOTH ADDICTION balm to prevent or to soften the lines around the lips and eyes. For best results, apply throughout the day and every night before going to bed.

A profound beauty treatment

Those who suffer from facial redness are affected by the drastic changes in temperature when Autumn arrives. It’s really important not to rub the skin too much. Instead, gently apply VELVET HYDRATION followed by WAY TO RADIANCE, as well as SMOOTH ADDICTION as needed. The combination of calming plants and purifying clay soothes and nourishes the skin, leaving it refreshed and unclogged.

At night, after cleansing and nourishing the skin, use a small amount of the INSTANT LIBERATION masque. Apply it mainly to the reddened areas of the skin, leaving it to deliver its maximum benefits whilst you are sleeping. The next day, you’ll find that the skin is vibrant and glowing.

In spring and summer many people are suffering from allergies and the skin and eyes become irritated. For our products we have selected a range of plants and ingredients that have strong calming properties, so therefore they are also indicated for allergy affected eyes and skin.

The plants in VELVET HYDRATION calm swollen or irritated eyelids. Very often pollen allergies can also lead to eczemas in the face and result in dry and peeling skin. In that case we recommend to use VELVET HYDRATION combined with the balm SMOOTH ADDICTION during the day. At night we recommend VELVET HYDRATION along with our elixir and balancing face oil.