Farewell Summer: Welcome the colours and aromas of Autumn
Over the weekend we thought any semblance of summer disappeared over the horizon, and we were about to welcome in the cooler wetter days of Autumn. It felt like we were back in Papua New Guinea with the unusually high humidity in Auckland before the rain came thundering in.
As the temperature cools down in the evenings and the inevitable chill increases in the air, and we start reaching for the raincoats, jumpers, trousers and firewood, it is good to consider our skin's needs during this seasonal change.
We know that skin care is only one element in keeping your skin healthy, so here's a friendly reminder when preparing meals to keep up the vitamins, omegas and virgin cold-pressed oils to feed your skin.
We will be posting some of our favourite skin healthy recipes in the coming weeks so watch this space!
Without realising it, we often forget about how the change of season impacts in how we treat our skin. A wide range of factors including stress, sleep, exercise, hygiene, humidity, exposure to extreme weather and temperature, diet, clothing and cold sniffles all mount up and can seem rather overwhelming! So let's backtrack a little.
During the warmer summer months, It is no secret we tend to consume a lot more water and spend more time outdoors exercising and enjoying the outdoor activities that we have on offer in New Zealand giving us that natural South Pacific summer glow.
It is critical that as the temperature cools, we maintain hydration and dear I say it, not just with hot coffee and tea. These, though warming, have a tendency to dehydrate with the high caffeine content which impacts the hydration of our skin.
We need to maintain our exercise to promote healthy blood flow through our skin cells. Jogging on the treadmill (or if you are a hardy kiwi outdoor running), weights or some yoga three times a week will do wonders for your complexion during the cooler winter months.
Our skin reacts to temperature change. It is common that with more moisture and rain in the air we think we should be trying to keep dry. But the reality is we need to keep up adequate hydration as the autumn and winter months can be some of the most damaging.
Low humidity and moisture in the air, coupled with frigid conditions and chilly winter winds, can be very drying for the skin. So hydration becomes critical.
As tempting as it may be to turn the heat right up in the shower and bath, hot water can damage your skin. Warm water is skin safe, adding magnesium and sodium bicarbonate is always recommended when bathing as it will soften the water and help with sleep and muscle recovery. Our western water can be quite hard due to added purifying chemicals in the filtering process.
In the cooler months of the year, sunblock tends to gather dust as the risks are not as obvious. Unfortunately down under we have a damaging Ultraviolet light which is often forgotten in the winter months as the harsh sun is hidden behind clouds. The majority of offices around the world are lit by fluorescent lights which can damage your skin, as well as they, produce UV which can be detrimental to your skin's health.
In our next blog Native Rituals, Chief of Beauty Rebekah will outline two simple rituals for protecting your skin and keeping the vibrant natural South Pacific glow year round.
Over the next two weeks, we will have some exciting new announcements with our new magnesium products subscription beauty and grooming on its way.
As we enter the new season, we would like to encourage you to take the time enjoy the colours and aromas of Autumn. We would love to see your pictures and videos of what is happening in your world.
In closing our thoughts go out to those who have been through natural disasters around New Zealand and the Pacific over the last six months.
Tama and Bex