Does your skin get dry, itchy, and inflamed during Winter? Do you long for glowing, radiant and healthy looking skin? It is possible! All you need to do is implement a few smart skin strategies. Follow this Winter Skin Tips guide and you will not only have beautiful skin but feel great too.
· Stay hydrated – Good skin starts from the inside and as the temperature drops it is important to keep up a good intake of water. Water has so many functions to help maintain healthy, glowing skin. It assists the liver and kidneys in flushing out waste products and toxins. It dissolves and carries the essential nutrients from the foods we eat to the body’s cells including the skin. If you find it hard to drink water in the cooler months a good alternative is caffeine free herbal teas.
· Avoid hot showers and baths – Keep water warm. Hot water strips the skin of its natural oils and allows moisture to escape. This causes dry, itchy and flaky skin.
· Exfoliate regularly – During winter skin cells dry out and die quicker leaving skin looking dull and lifeless. Exfoliation removes the dead skin cells revealing healthy new skin and allows moisturisers to absorb more readily.
· Moisturise- Moisturising is a great defence against the drying effects of winter as it helps to lock in moisture. Choosing a moisturiser to suit your skin type is essential. Take the Skin Type Quiz below for more on identifying your skin type. Also remember to pay special attention to areas of skin that are exposed such as hands, feet and lips. Body butters are great for these area’s as they not only provide deep hydration but also act as a barrier trapping in moisture and protecting the skin from the elements.
· Sunscreen – Even though it is cooler it’s still important that you continue to use sunscreen. Photoaging is premature ageing from sun damage. It causes fine lines and wrinkles due to the changes in collagen fibres found in the skins dermis. Using a sunscreen can actually reverse the signs of photoaging!
· Sweat it out – It’s easy in winter to want to be indoors and hibernate! Get outdoors and get active. Increasing your heart rate will increase circulation and nutrients to skins cells to give your skin a beautiful glow. Sweating also helps flush your pores of toxins, oil and dirt. Being active helps reduce stress and induces the ‘feel good’ endorphins making you feel great too.
· Use a humidifier or facial steam – As it cools down humidity in the air drops which depletes the skin of moisture leaving the skin feeling dry. A humidifier works to replace the moisture. Some varieties allow you to add your favourite essential oils too! Another great way to replace lost moisture is through facial steams. They also have the added benefits of flushing out excess oil, dead skin and opening up pores which in turn helps your skin absorb the moisturiser easily. Do it after cleansing when your face is clean. A favourite blend of mine is chamomile and rose petals.
· Face mist – These are great for replacing moisture into dry winter skin. Nutrient rich they can be sprayed over your makeup to give your skin a glowing, dewy appearance. Choose one with essential oils and reap the benefits of mood boosting aromatherapy properties too. Convenient and handy to keep in your handbag for those moments when you need a pick me up.
· Nutrient rich diet – As mentioned earlier good skin starts from the inside and eating a diet of nutrient rich foods plays a huge part in obtaining glowing skin. Some powerful skin nurturing foods include; Carrots for their Vitamin A that kills free radicals and Vitamin C which is essential in collagen production. Olive oil is full of Vitamins A and E along with natural fatty acids to help rehydrate and maintain the skins elasticity. Avocado contains Vitamins A, C and E along with monounsaturated fats to lock in moisture. Nuts and seeds are great for their essential fatty acids that are known to help reduce inflammation while seeds are full of Vitamin E, Zinc and Magnesium to promote cell regeneration. Green tea has loads of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Fatty fish such as salmon is known for its omega-3 fatty acids which maintains moisture and keep skin looking plump. Don’t forget dark chocolate that contains at least 70% cocoa as its full of antioxidants!
Begin your journey to fabulous Winter skin and take the skin type test below.