Skin Soaking - The Ultimate Home Hydration Treatment

Skin Soaking - The Ultimate Home Hydration Treatment

Soaking can be part of you self care ritual – add a little tepid water to a bowl or basin and 3-4 soaking drops ( if you have them, choose rose or lavender) and soak cloth. Lightly squeeze cloth and wrap around face and press for 20 seconds and deep breathe, repeat two more times. Don’t let the skin dry out before you follow up with your next application of product.

The Soaking Ritual is a time to reconnect with one’s breathe and slow you day down and allow time for yourself - yes it might not be easy in Level 4 lockdown, but this small commitment to yourself is JUST what you need right now, and in addition to focusing your breathing and concentrating on your senses for the length of the treatment, it has the added bonus of being ultra hydrating and kind to the skin, when you cant get in to see us!

The below is an excerpt from our amazing and inspirational product partner Janine Tait, Founder of Janesce and Bestow (so she knows what she is talking about!)  

If you have sensitive skin you may find the combination of cold outdoor temperatures and indoor heating leaves your skin feeling dry and your cheeks looking rosier. The reason this happens is because the extremes of temperature reduce the levels of precious moisture in the skin leaving it feeling tight and dry. The combination of heat and cold also cause the fine capillaries in the skin’s upper layers to repeatedly alternate between dilation and contraction. This constant fluctuation weakens the capillary walls leaving them looking dilated and more visible. When this happens, it can be hard to know how to help your skin cope.

One way you can combat this is to help reduce the reaction your skin has to the temperature extremes. Research carried out many years ago showed that a liberal application of moisturiser helps hugely. Especially if you give the upper layers of your skin a drink by soaking it with warm water before applying your moisturiser.

Moisturiser prevents your skin from reacting to temperature change. This is something I have seen with my own skin and my clients skin too. By helping your skin cope better with the temperature extremes, moisturiser helps reduce the reaction of your fine capillaries significantly, preventing them from becoming permanently damaged.

The more protective your moisturiser, the better it helps the skin cope. So step it up a level by choosing a slightly heavier cream at this time of year. Then combine this with your all-important skin soaking to ensure your skin is strong and hydrated. Don’t forget to soak and apply your moisturiser twice a day.

Your skin cannot hold on to moisture for more than twelve hours, so a morning and evening routine is vital.

You can also help your skin by protecting it from things that expose us to the more extreme temperatures. If you have sensitive skin, avoid sitting right in front of heaters or open fires, direct car heating vents away from your face and don’t sit in the line of airflow coming from an air conditioning unit. All of these things can very quickly dry your skin and damage your capillaries.