It’s that time of year again, when we turn up the heat. When the heat comes on, it feels like our bodies become drained of moisture. Our skin becomes dry, flaky, cracked and sometimes sore. Here are some tips to nourish your skin and keep it looking healthy and beautiful!!
Tip #1. Beauty starts from the inside out! Drink plenty of water. Water helps carry nutrients to the skin, which aids in skin repair and rejuvenation. It also helps with muscle tone which equals to less sagging skin! It is also important to eat clean and lots of greens, and be sure to take Omega 3 to help to keep the skin moist. Omega 3 aids the skin in retaining moisture, which plumps out wrinkles and gives the skin a smooth appearance.
Tip #2. Avoid hot showers and baths. For those of us in really cold climates this is a challenge, and I for one LOVE a hot shower. However, hot water breaks down the skin’s natural moisturizing lipids and leaves the skin dry. Do you remember our mother’s telling us not to go outside with wet hair? She was right! Hair can freeze in the cold, which can cause damage to the scalp and the hair can break off.
Tip #3. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!! Switch to using organic butters or oils, and use them at least twice a day, more if needed. Be sure to use products free of harsh chemicals, additives and dyes. If you can, apply moisturizer before going outside and be sure to always apply moisturizer after cleansing the skin.
Suggested Butters: Cocoa, Hemp Seed, Macadamia, Mango or Shea
Suggested Oils: Jojoba, Sea Buckthorn, Rosehip, Hemp Seed or Castor
Tip #4. Go beyond moisturizing. Give you skin a little love twice a week with a cream mask. Avoid using harsh scrubs or drying masks. I suggest using a creamy tea mask, which is hydrating and helps to draw toxins out of the skin. Or create mask using avocados, bananas, honey and essential oils. Try out the avocado mask recipe from It’s ok to Play with Your Food.
Tip #5. Hydrate your environment. Invest in a humidifier. This is helpful for not only your sinuses but your skin as well. Placing plants with large leaves in your bedroom or areas you spend the most time in also helps increase the moisture in the air.
Tip #6. Give your hands a hand. The winter brings cold and flu season. So we tend to be more vigilant about washing our hands, which is very drying to the skin. Applying a moisturizer after washing hands and throughout the day will help keep the skin supple and smooth. Make sure to wear gloves when out in the cold and avoid rough materials such a wool, and cotton that will absorb moisture.
Tip #7. Eat Healthy Fats! Healthy fats, DO NOT make you fat. In fact, they are VITAL to a healthy diet. Our bodies need fat to absorb and process important vitamins and mineral. Our brains are 60% fat, and fat is the primary building block of our cellular membrane. Eating good healthy, like unrefined animal fats, avocados, olives, nuts, and tropical oils will improve your body’s ability to lubricate effectively. Good fats are essential for firm, supple skin and eating adequate amounts of fat will mean more is available for your oil-producing glands that are the skin’s natural moisturizers.
Tip #8. Love your lips. Lips get dry and chapped because they have no sweat gland to lubricate the delicate skin and are sensitive to temperature changes. It’s import not to lick your lips, which will cause chapping. Instead keep soothing lip balms in your purse, car, drawers at work, next to your bed, or anywhere that you can access it.
Tip # 9. Astaxanthin Supplement. Astaxanthin (pronounced “asta-ZAN-thin”) is a naturally occurring carotenoid pigment that is found in marine plants and animals, such as shrimp, lobster, and crabs. It is considered to be one of the most powerful antioxidants in nature. Astaxanthin has MANY health benefits, but for specifically for the skin, it protects the cells from damage, aids with skin moisture levels, smoothness, elasticity, and wrinkles. Astaxanthin acts as an internal sunscreen by reducing the UVA damage.
Tip #10. Collagen Supplement. Collagen is a complex protein, containing 19 different amino acids and acts as the “glue” that holds our body together. It is the most abundant protein found in our body. It is found in skin, tendons, intervertebral disc, blood vessels, and the digestive tract. As we age, collagen begins to be depleted from our bodies, which can lead to sagging skin, wrinkles and joint pain. Although collagen is constantly being produced, by the time we reach our 40’s collagen is being depleted faster than it’s produced. By our 60’s, over half the body’s collagen is depleted.