Corinne Thomas is a This Mum Runs Runner, Mum of two, Founder of Rare Beauty and natural skincare expert shares her Top Five Winter Skin Tips for us this week.
As a busy mum myself I know how hard it is to look after your skin at the best of times. Winter can be a tough time for skin, as dehydration, lack of natural sunlight and possibly the odd over-indulgence starts to take its toll.
So here are my Top Five Skincare Survival Tips to get you through Winter Running, Christmas Indulgence and New Year’s Resolutions looking glowing and feeling positive!
1. PROTECT Before Long Runs
After a long training run on a cold Winter’s day, cheeks are burning, knuckles feel raw, lips are sore and chapped. So protect hands, lips and cheeks with a 100% plant-based natural balm or salve before going out on a run. The balm will act as a barrier, helping to protect skin from the elements. It will perform a similar action to petroleum-based barrier ointments but it also allows skin to breathe. Afterwards, skin feels
refreshed, nourished and less stingy.
Skin-soothing & protecting ingredients to look out for: Calendula; Chickweed;
Beeswax; Shea or Avocado Butter.
2. SCRUB UP Once a Week
This time of year our skin can get very dry. It stays under clothes a lot so pores can get more easily blocked leading to spots and things like central heating plays havoc with our already reptilian-looking legs!
A once weekly proper scrub down, either with scrub packed full of enlivening natural ingredients such as salt, sugar, coffee OR a dry body brush pre-shower will really help.
For the face, use a warm, wet exfoliating face cloth or muslin (an old baby one will do) to gently buff skin after cleansing. The old dry skin will be sloughed off and ingrown hairs or blocked pores will be dealt with.
Foaming scrubs can contain a foaming agent like SLS (Sodium Laureth Sulphate) which tends to strip the skin of it’s natural oils leaving it much drier than before and more prone to irritation. A plant-based oil blend or butter based scrub will properly moisturise dry, sensitive or even oily skin.
For a nourishing scrub look for: Coconut Oil; Cocoa Butter; Sea Salt; Coffee
Grains; Sugar Granules (great for the face); Oats.
3. TAKE OFF Makeup Properly!
We’ve all been there, reaching for the face wipes (baby wipes?!) or just not bothering to take off make up before bed, especially after a night out. Unfortunately, it’s one of the most ageing things you can do to your skin which will really start to show in the long run.
One of the best cleansers for all skin types is a plant-based oil cleanser or balm. It’s a fact – oil dissolves oil – and it also does a wonderful job of removing all make up including waterproof mascara. Natural cleansers work with the skin’s natural oils, helping to re-balance and restore without stripping.
With a regular cleansing regime skin will visibly change for the better in just a few days – please, please step away from the dreaded face wipes!
Fabulous natural cleansing ingredients: Jojoba Oil; Shea Butter; Apricot Kernel Oil; Cucumber Seed Oil; Camellia Oil; Eucalyptus Essential Oil; Safflower Seed Oil; Vitamin E oil; Castor Oil.
4. RE-HYDRATE SKIN After Drinking Alcohol
You know that recommendation to drink a pint of water before bed if you’ve been drinking? Well, the same applies to skin. Alcohol is very dehydrating and skin will reflect this the next morning with dry patches, fine lines and dull skin tone.
An intensive facial oil or serum applied before bed will give skin a chance to re-hydrate, ensuring that it looks dewy rather than dry in the morning. Don’t forget to cleanse beforehand though!
Some of the best ingredients for overnight skin restoration are: Rosehip Oil, Cacay Oil, Carrot Tissue Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Argan Oil and Hyaluronic Acid.
5. DE-CLUTTER for a New Skincare Regime
According to our recent natural skincare survey, 8 out of 10 women want to reduce their use of plastic when buying skincare products. In addition, 72% intend to check the ethics and responsible business practices of the skincare businesses they buy from in the coming year.
Like we do when we run, taking a mindful approach to self-care can really boost skin and spirit – perfect for a feel good December activity. Consider a bathroom de clutter: switch to soap instead of bottled shower gel; seek out plastic-free skincare options and create a capsule skincare collection that really works – recycle the rest that doesn’t. Your skin, body and mind will thank you for it!
This week we are running a competition on Instagram with the chance to win a The Post-Workout Bliss Out Beauty Box from Rare Beauty.
Follow @thismumruns and @rarebeautyco
Comment on any of the competition posts using #blissmeoutTMR and give us your best reason why YOU are in need of some pamper time right now! You are very welcome to Tag a Friend who would love to know about this giveaway too. The winner will be picked at random on Friday 7th December.
As most of you will be aware, we are running a month long campaign encouraging women to free their arms and legs from long sleeves and leggings, shake off the fear of being judged and enjoy their bodies. You can check out the stories that are being shared across the This Mum Runs social channels using the tags #FreeYourArms #FreeYourLegs
As part of the campaign we asked Body Image Guru, and Global Body Image Movement Ambassador, Lisa Beasley to tell us what she thinks holds women back when it comes to body confidence. Here’s what she said.
My name is Tina and I have just completed the This Mum Runs 5K+ course in Keynsham.
I am 55 and trying to lose weight and get fitter. I have 2 grown up children and one who’s 15. I run my own Sign Company in Saltford, making signs, lettering vehicles, printing T shirts and mugs etc.
My name is Naomi and I have recently started the This Mum Runs Couch to 5K Absolute Beginners course at Royal Victoria Park, Bath.
I am married to James and have three children, Susannah (10), Judah (7) & Lois (4). I am a self-employed business administrator, working mainly for a church in Bath and looking forward to taking on new clients when my youngest starts school this year. My favourite day of the week is Thursday, mainly because I meet with friends for a full English, knowing I can burn it off with TMR in the evening!
My name is Laura, and I recently completed the This Mum Runs Couch to 5K Absolute Beginners course on Clifton Down.
I’m a stay-at-home mum to my daughter aged 3.5 and my son aged 1.5. My running experience before TMR consisted of training for and then running a half marathon when my daughter was 13 months old. The day of the race was the last day I ran until this March, almost 2.5 years later! Let’s just say that I endured rather than enjoyed that time of my running career! When I started the C25K course this March, I could probably run no more than 5 minutes without stopping.
My Name is Harriet and I have just completed the This Mum Runs Couch to 5K course at Clifton Down.
I have 2 children, 1 2.9 months and 1, 7 month old. I am used to being fit but this has waned and I was struggling to get back to pre-pregnancy size and shape due to a slight like for chocolate. Otherwise my diet is pretty healthy. I’m a Social Worker but currently on maternity leave and dreaming of not having to go back, but sadly think that is not going to become a reality.
I don’t know about you but it feels like we’ve had a the longest winter in the history of winters this year – do you know what I mean? Freeeeeeezing cold evenings, frost bitten mornings, dragging yourself to work in the gloom, trudging home in the dark. Grey days and that hideous incessant fog like drizzle that makes even my dead straight hair frizzy. It’s gone on so long we’ve started having genuine conversations about emigrating somewhere warm. Seriously now, enough’s enough.
So with the first day of spring looming on the 20th March, when we were asked to be part of British Military Fitness’s #SpringIntoAction campaign it felt like a sign. If there was a campaign about spring, springlike weather must surely be on it’s way too, right? So we jumped on the chance and prayed that it would be a good omen. And our brief was to ‘Get outdoors and muddy’. So far, so simple.