How do you prepare for the changes your skin will experience with the shift into winter with the loss of humidity we so graciously welcome during the summer months? Here’s how:
- Tweak your home-care– Your skins needs can change dramatically during the winter especially if you’re an outdoor enthusiast or spend lots of hours at the skating rink. This might mean switching up your existing day and/or night cream to products more emollient or hydrating than what you were using in the summer. If you love your daily moisturizers and don’t want to change, then consider adding a serum or mask to enhance additional moisture support.
- Exfoliate regularly– For the body prior to the shower or bath begin with gentle dry brushing with a body brush, mitt or sea sponge. Start at the ankles and move upwards pushing blood towards the heart, then clockwise around the tummy, followed by arms and chest.This fast and simple technique is amazing for the Lymphatic system! Be mindful of the water temperature in the shower or bath. Warm water is best because hot showers will only dry out the skin further. Within the first few minutes of jumping out of the shower or bath, apply a natural body cream or oil. For face and neck uses an appropriate exfoliate for your skin type or condition and use as directed. Gentler hydrating exfoliates such as enzymes for sensitive or dry skin are ideal. Removing cellular build up will enhance penetration of active ingredients and you will receive more benefits from your products.
- Diet & Nutrition– You are what you eat! Paying closer attention to diet and the foods that pass through your lips plays a huge factor in maintaining healthy skin through winter. I will explain further in another blog coming soon but in a nutshell, consuming foods that contain natural lipids are highly beneficial and protective to prevent loss of water through the skin. Foods rich in good healthy fats like salmon, avocado, nuts and seeds, flax, olive, coconut, hemp oil to name a few. If the skin is dehydrated, it is less able to produce the hydrating compounds that inhibit water loss from the skin. Eating foods with higher water content and drinking more water are key considerations. If you don’t like water on its own, make yourself some spa water by adding a few flavor enhancing ingredients such as lime, lemon, mint or basil leaves, cucumber, and berries.
- Depending on your heating systems at home or work, these factors can create havoc on your skins hydration. Wood stoves and forced air can deplete your indoor climate of ambient humidity. Even if you have built in humidifier in your furnace, try running an additional humidifier in your bedroom overnight. Not only will this help your skin look and feel better, but it’s also great for treating colds!
- If you are feeling confused about what to use or whether you’re using the best combination of home care, have a consultation with a professional skin therapist to have a look at your current skin care regime. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut with your everyday routine and perhaps some things you’re using at home just aren’t working anymore. Change can be good!
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