Winter can be tough on your skin! The colder weather tends to draw moisture away from the epidermis, often leaving you with dry hair and skin.

Here’s how you can winter-proof your skin with Rooibos:

  1. Hydrate your skin from the inside out: Drinking Rooibos throughout the day will help keep your skin hydrated. The high concentration of polyphenolic compounds (micronutrients) in Rooibos is what makes it so sought-after as a health and beauty enhancer. Polyphenols act as antioxidants that protect the body against inflammation. It neutralises harmful free radicals that would otherwise damage cells and cause premature ageing. Drinking Rooibos should form part of your daily beauty routine.
  1. Stop winter eczema in its tracks: The high flavonoid levels in Rooibos can help to improve skin disorders like eczema, which often appears on the hands and face, since these are most exposed to the cold. Rooibos’ natural anti-inflammatory properties will help to soothe and relieve inflamed skin. Bathing regularly or rinsing inflamed areas with Rooibos will provide a healing effect. You can even fill a spray bottle with cooled down Rooibos and apply it throughout the day.
  1. Keep acne under control: When your skin becomes dry in winter, your body produces more sebum – an oily substance that worsens acne. Too much of it, clogs the pores making it more vulnerable to bacteria, which can aggravate acne. In addition to the Rooibos’ anti-inflammatory response, it contains antibacterial properties that will help fight acne. Drink it regularly and/or use it as a face rinse instead of water.
  1. Repair dry winter hair: Rinse your hair at least once a week with a strong brew of cooled down Rooibos to turn dull, dry hair into shiny locks. Also do this if you have a dry, itchy or irritated scalp. The antioxidants in Rooibos will strengthen your hair follicles and leave you with silky soft hair. Watch how it’s done.
  1. Combat dry eyes: Tired and sensitive eyes are another common winter ailment. Wind, cold temperatures and heaters can all dry out your eyes. Try rinsing your eyes with lukewarm Rooibos a few times a day or put it in an eye dropper if it makes it easier. Alternatively, place tea bags on eye lids for a few minutes at a time to reduce inflammation and restore moisture.
  1. Rejuvenate dull skin: Make a date with a face mask every week. Rooibos contains powerful antioxidants that repairs cell damage caused by oxidative stress. Try a Rooibos, honey & avocado face mask at home for healthier and more vibrant looking skin.
  1. Exfoliate dead skin cells: when dead skin cells accumulate on the surface of your skin, it can look dull, dry and flaky. Exfoliate by using this Rooibos & honey scrub It will leave your skin looking smooth and polished.
  1. Slow the signs of ageing: Rooibos reduces wrinkles and boosts the production of healthy skin cells, due to an abundance of the enzyme, superoxide dismutase contained in the tisane, which is an effective anti-ageing substance.
  1. Don’t skip SPF in winter: While there’s less UVB in winter, there’s still enough UVA going around to age your skin. Use a sunscreen that’s high in UVA and Rooibos, all year round, to adequately protect your skin. Research shows that Rooibos has anti-tumour and photoprotective properties to help prevent skin cancer.
  1. Prevent sore and cracked lips: To restore moisture in winter, we tend to lick our lips, which can lead to “lick eczema”. The best way to prevent it, is to stop licking your lips and rather seal it with a lip balm that contains Rooibos extracts. This will help to soothe and relieve inflamed lips.

Since Rooibos is natural, it’s hypoallergenic and can be used by those with a sensitive skin. Another plus is that it can be used in its natural form, which makes it affordable and accessible for everyone.

Beauty products made from botanical and/or herbal extracts, such as Rooibos, offer environmentally conscious consumers a choice of natural ingredients that are considered the best form of skincare by dermatologists.

For more Rooibos beauty tips and DIY pamper treatments, read here.