Three Tips to Nourish Skin in Winter
January’s frigid temperatures combined with low humidity and indoor heating can be a recipe for dry, flaky skin. But there are three ways to keep your skin nourished and glowing: exfoliate, hydrate, and eat well. In this month’s educational article, you’ll learn more about these natural tips to ensure healthy skin all winter long.
Keep your skin smooth with gentle exfoliation once or twice a week. A light scrub or body polish will remove dry, dead skin cells and impurities to expose new skin that is prepared to absorb moisturizer. Coconut oil, a natural exfoliant, can be applied at night and rinsed off in the morning. Gentle stimulation improves blood and lymph circulation, enhancing skin health and overall complexion, encouraging healthy muscle tone and cell regeneration. Take care not to exfoliate frequently or aggressively as this can aggravate. Refresh, revive, and reveal a healthy glow with light, weekly exfoliation.
In the shower…
Hot water breaks down skin lipid barriers, washing away natural skin oils and moisture. Take brief, warm showers and after gently patting skin to remove excess water, lock in moisture on damp skin with a deeply nourishing oil. Rich in Vitamin E, almond oil is a superb emollient with a wealth of essential nutrients that soothe, heal, beautify, and protect.
In the bedroom…
Humidity drops in winter and causes itchy, cracked skin. Use a humidifier to put water vapor back into the air and enhance moisture absorption. Humidifiers create a moist atmosphere that supports good sinus health, eliminates bacteria and viruses, and moisturizes parched and chapped skin, increasing suppleness and beauty.
In your cup…
Pros recommend drinking eight to 10 eight-ounce glasses of water, evenly spaced throughout the day, to keep body properly hydrated and flush out toxins. Hydrated skin is more plump and elastic, minimizing the appearance of wrinkles and pores. Dehydrated skin is more likely to crack and expose our bodies to irritants and blemish-causing elements.
Add more omega-3 fatty acids to your plate. Omega-3 fatty acids support the skin’s ability to fight inflammation and retain moisture. Consume them in walnuts, flaxseed oil, wild caught salmon, sardines, black cod, albacore tuna, mussels, and oysters.
Increase your intake of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that increases collagen production, encourages skin tissue healing and regeneration, and even protects from the sun. Vitamin C is prevalent in bell peppers, guava, hot chili peppers, kale, kiwi, papaya, and strawberries.
Lutein and zeaxanthin, two types of carotenoids with important antioxidant functions, have been shown to provide UV protection and improve skin elasticity and hydration. Food rich in these compounds include cooked kale and spinach, arugula, basil, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, collards, corn, egg yolks, lettuce, parsley, peas, radicchio, and watercress.
Extreme temperature changes can cause dry, cracked skin. From reducing the length and temperature of your shower to eating more kale and strawberries, there are many natural steps you can take to maintain beautiful healthy skin. Keep your skin happy, no matter the season, with these simple tips for effective hydration and nutrition.
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