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January 10, 2017

Winter-Proof Yourself with Neal’s Yard Remedies

by Julieta Lucca

Do you ever ask yourself, how will I make it through this winter?

With every season, changes in wardrobe, skincare, fitness and eating habits are essential.

You probably heard of “eating with the seasons”, but what about winter-proofing your skin and immune system with the help of natural and organic products?

Why Neal's Yard Remedies?

Neal’s Yard Remedies opened in December 1981 in Covent Garden, London with the sole belief that remedies, skin and body care should be natural, honest and transparent.

The reason why we love Neal’s Yard Remedies so much is because they carefully consider all areas of their business to promote sustainability. From their packaging and their ethics when it comes to Fair-Trade and Cruelty-Free testing to their Eco-friendly factory and organic ingredients, there’s no one aspect of the business that goes unnoticed. When you purchase from Neal’s Yard, you know you are not only contributing to a business that cares about our Earth and those who inhabit it but you are treating your skin and body to the best quality ingredients.

What does Organic really mean?

The reason why Organic is better is because products that have been grown organically are free from toxic pesticides and chemical fertiliser. This is both better for you and the farmers that grow the ingredients used in Neal’s Yard Remedies products.

Organic ingredients are good for you because they are proven to contain higher levels of beneficial Vitamins, Minerals and Nutrients.

Whether you are buying skincare, produce or packaged goods, if the product bears the Soil Association logo, you can rest assured it contains absolute maximum certified organic ingredients.

Tips from the Neal's Yard Remedies Experts

Skincare

Dry skin is perhaps the number one concern when it comes to treatments during the colder months. One of the best ways to remedy it is by taking essential fatty acids or Omega oils internally. Neal’s Yard’s Organic Beauty Oil is the perfect blend of Omega 3, 6 and 9 purely from plant sources that you can take it directly or add to juices / smoothies – just don’t cook with it, as these precious oils are extremely delicate.

A few months of cold weather and rich foods can make our skins look dull and congested. If this is your case, the best option is to give your system a super boost of nutrients.

The Organic Greens Complex is a complete, super-food source of Vitamins, Minerals, Protein, Fatty Acids, Antioxidants and Chlorophyll. It also helps the body to gently detoxify, getting it ready for throwing off winter’s excesses.

Skin dehydration during winter can occur from the extreme weather, central heating and wind.

Using a pure plant-based facial oil like the Neal’s Yard Orange Flower Facial Oil underneath your moisturiser can help boost protective essential fatty acids to help your skin hang onto its precious moisture.

Another way to fight dehydration is with the Frankincense Hydrating Cream. Use it at least once a week throughout winter. It’s packed with Sodium Hyaluronate also known as the moisture magnet, and helps boost moisture and prevent its loss. Combined with Marine Algae Extracts, Peptides and nourishing Baobab Oil to strengthen, tone and replenish parched winter skin.

As skin cells mature they naturally dehydrate and become keratinized, these dead cells act like mini sponges absorbing skin care products so they can’t penetrate efficiently to protect and nourish the skin. Weekly exfoliation buffs away these dulling skin cells, improving the efficacy of your skincare, helping to keep your skin nourished all winter.

Boosting your Immune System

One of the easiest ways to boost and build your immune system is by eating lots of antioxidants! You can easily spot these through the intense pigments in both fruit and veggies, they support your immune system helping you fight off invaders.

Sugar depresses the immune system making it less effective, therefore cutting out as much sugar as possible – specially hidden sugars in processed foods – will help maintain your immune system. If you want something sweet go for a smoothie and try adding in some of the Organic Beauty Oil.

Stress levels can affect your immune system negatively. Some useful herbs frequently used to counteract the effects of stress are: Elderberry, Rosehip, and Thyme. You can blend them either as a tea or tincture (alcohol extract); they make a great blend to help fend off the winter bugs by improving your vitality and defenses. If you are looking for a herb that can help you get rid of a cold, simply add Echinacea into the mix, it has been proven to shorten the duration of colds and flu.

On the superfood side there are two key players: Astragalus, a tonic that strengthens your defenses, and Camu Camu that has the highest known levels of highly absorbable vitamin C in its natural form. These can easily be added to smoothies or even your porridge!

A great supplement is Olive Leaf that has proven antibacterial and antiviral properties and vitamin C as (Calcium ascorbate) is tried, tested and a truly fantastic immune supporter.

OUR FAVOURITE Neal's Yard Winter-proof products

✚ Remedies To Roll Set, (4 x 9ml)

This kit includes four aromatherapy blends of invigorating, comforting, calming and revitalising essential oils to enhance your mood throughout the day. The set includes: Energy, Night Time, Relaxation and Travel. Roll them on your pulse points (wrists, neck, sides of forehead, inner elbows and back of the knee) and inhale after applying. The scents not only evoke calmness but they help relax and let go of tension. I love applying the Night Time blend before going to bed for a more relaxed and serene sleep.

✚ Organic Rosehip Oil, 50ml

Rosehip Oil is known to be an excellent source of essential fatty acids, which promote tissue healing. These fatty acids also help with cellular development, which is important for keeping skin smooth and supple. This oil is relatively dry and fast-absorbing, which is great for all skin types. However, if you suffer from oily skin, apply a small amount on your skin avoiding the oilier areas and pat until it’s absorbed completely. Because this oil’s shelf life is shorter than most (3 months to be precise), if you would like to keep it fresher for longer, replace the cap for a pump dispenser.

✚ Comfrey & Mallow Foot Balm, 50g

Our feet go through a lot, especially during winter. Most of the time we overlook them and fail to treat them to a much needed pamper. This balm was created to sooth and nurture tired and dry feet, cracked heels and hard skin, using a blend of almond, wheatgerm, calming comfrey and softening mallow. Right before going to bed, massage the balm gently into your feet and pay special attention to the heels and other areas that may be particularly dry, slip into a pair of socks and let the balm soak in overnight.

✚ Goodnight Pillow Mist, 45ml

This pillow mist consists of a therapeutic blend of organic essential oils that promote a sense of calm to achieve a more restful night. The blend of oils include French Lavender, Vetiver, Geranium, Chamomile Roman and Mandarin. Spritz 1 to 3 pumps around the room and over your pillow before going to bed, you will find the scents promote deep relaxation for a soothing and more restful sleep.

I also love adding some drops of the French Lavender Essential Oil to my MUJI Diffuser half an hour before going to bed and leaving it to transform my bedroom into the most relaxing space.

 

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