The wind is howling, rain is dashing down, and many of us are feeling pretty miserable with the significant lack of sunshine. It is a significant fact that people in the Northern Hemisphere demonstrate more illnesses associated with a lack of Vitamin D, than anywhere else in the world.Long winters, shorter days and terrible weather

So it is getting a bit naff outside, and the Autumn wardrobe comes out. Snuggly jumpers, scarves, gloves and hats, maybe a new coat, and we venture outside looking like Scott of the Antartic (or an Ice Road Trucker for those of a younger generation!) No matter how much we protect ourselves from the weather, our skin takes an absolute battering and as such, it is really important to step up the pampering!

Moisturising is absolutely key to skin health. We know that dead skin cells slough off on a regular basis, but without regular care, skin becomes dry and sallow. It is even more important to follow a strict moisturising regime in the Autumn and Winter months to keep skin soft and supple (and let’s face it, who doesn’t like a gorgeous long soak in the bath followed by a top to toe moisturising session!)

Whilst women have long been advertised as moisturising faces and hands on a daily basis, in the last 5 years, men have been encouraged to follow suit. What is more attractive then soft, fresh skin?

Exfoliate thoroughly in your bath or shower, to remove dead skin cells, leaving smoother, more even skin. Moisturise thoroughly, massaging in small circles from your neck down to your ankles with a lotion to suit your skin type and preference. Use specific moisturisers for your face, hands and feet. These are usually more intensive as not only is the skin in these area’s different to the rest of the body, but these areas are more exposed to the elements. Your hands, face and neck should be moisturised morning and night and after exposure to rain, cold air or strong winds

By keeping your skin soft and smooth, your gorgeous summer tan will remain for longer.  Dry skin reflects light and sloughs off more quickly, resulting in a shallow tan that does not last, whereas well-moisturised skin absorbs light and encourages a deeper, darker colour which lasts much longer.

The Tanning Shop stocks fantastic tan extenders which with regular use, can enhance the condition of your skin and protect against the ravages of the colder weather. Ask in-store about the gorgeous Botanical “Aloe There” and the luscious Kardashian Glow Tan Extender. Not forgetting that nearly all tanning lotions on sale are designed to replace moisture lost during a tanning session.
So while it is tipping it down with freezing cold rain outside, keep the moisture going on your skin in the warm inside!