The winter months can be cruel to our skin. Dry, flaky and lacklustre – our skin is zapped of its moisture and radiance thanks to a combination of cold temperatures, the volatile weather and layers of clothes cocooning our body from top to toe.
Here, Alexis Forsyth catches up with the founder of locally established brand, Bria Ogranics to talk about common winter skincare problems and how we can re-capture that summer glow.
What are the most common skincare problems during winter?
Dry, chapped skin from the cold air and radiator heat.
How should we adapt our skincare routine between the seasons?
It’s all personal, what works for one won’t work for all, so the best advice is to introduce or change one product at a time so you can monitor the effect. And be aware that changes or effects may take a while to appear so be patient. I generally think we use too much on our skin and keeping it simple is sometimes the best way.
What key ingredients should we look out for in winter skincare products?
It’s best if it contains something soothing and anti inflammatory, which are the properties that the chickweed in our products were chosen for. It’s good to protect your skin with a barrier too, the best natural one would be beeswax, but shea butter is a good vegan alternative. Our Balm has a beeswax base and our skin cream is a lighter alternative for year round use, with a shea butter base.
Describe the most effective skincare regime, from morning to night…
There isn’t one – it really is an individual thing. Don’t be fooled by packaging, claims and expensive products. Look up ingredients and check they are absolutely necessary.
Personally, I only use warm water and a flannel to wash my face and the odd exfoliation with an exfoliation glove. Cheap – and all I need!
I never dry my face but apply an oil or cream around my eyes and mouth when the skin is still damp as this helps lock in moisture. These are the parts of my face which dry out and they are also the parts of the face that show the first signs of ageing.
Also be wary of other things that can impact on your skin at the same time so, for example, shampoos and conditioners can cause spots and the residue from washing your hair in the shower will leave traces on your face and shoulders in particular.
What’s the best way to tackle dry patches of skin?
If dry skin is a problem always carry a moisturiser with you to keep on top of dry patches. Use a moisturiser before and after going out into the cold. Our balm contains beeswax which acts as an effective barrier from the cold air but also from things like chlorine so a lot of customers also use this before and after swimming.
Any tips for flaky lips?
Dry lips can be a sign of dehydration, so drink plenty of water. Our lip balm has beeswax in to nourish and protect against the cold. It also has a shine to it, so can double up as a natural lip gloss.
How important is SPF protection throughout winter?
There’s no reason why you shouldn’t follow skin protection guidelines all year round, based on your skin type. UV rays are present all year round.
What lifestyle changes can we make to help improve our skin’s radiance?
Drink water, not only good for the skin but good for the mind and body, and eat fresh unprocessed foods.
If you’re not looking after yourself through diet, exercise, sleep and a healthy lifestyle, there’s only a limited amount that products can do to improve your skin’s radiance.
Lastly, tell us about Bria’s winter bestseller and why it’s so popular?
Protect, soothe and repair skin this winter with Bria Organics multi-award winning 100% natural and organic, Relief Repair Replenish Balm.
Hailed by many as an all-round before and after problem-skin fix, it’s a strong force against the elements, and all from the power of plants. The balm has become a must-have for dry, cracked hands, burns and exposed, weather beaten skin.
Used before, the beeswax acts as a powerful natural barrier from skin damaging wind, rain, snow and ice, while rich natural organic plant oils soothe the after effects and can help heal scrapes, rashes, burns, cuts and chafed skin.
About Bria Organics
Bria Organics began as Lee Heads’ labour of love to find an effective 100% natural and steroid free treatment for her baby son’s eczema. After completing a course in natural skincare she devised some recipes of her own and, with some amazing results, Bria Organics was born in 2008.
Bria – which means ‘health and wellbeing’ in Hebrew and ‘beauty’ in Gaelic – now incorporates three main product strands: eczema, indulgence and baby. One hundred per cent natural, nothing is added to a product unless it will benefit the health of your skin naturally.
For more information about the Bria Organics range, visit www.briaorganics.com.