These natural tips will keep your skin feeling invigorated, fresh and soft throughout the winter, so you can focus on the more important things in life.
1. Stay hydrated! This is a huge one for me regardless of season, especially living in Arizona. But I remind clients to be particularly mindful of hydration in the winter, because without heat, we “feel” less thirsty. And with the holidays creeping up, many of us may find ourselves “hydrayting” with wine instead of water, or snacking on holiday goodies to “quench” thirst instead of opting for a glass of water. If YOU are well hydrated, your skin will be too!
2. Supplement your moisturizer. During these dryer and colder months, moisture escapes our our bodies much faster. To keep your dewy glow, add Osmosis’ Immerse to your skin routine. Immerse contains powerful antioxidants from raspberry oil, vitamin E, and calendula or a Dr. Spiller serum, which are fulled with lipids to protect your barrier.
3. Keep moisture in the air with a humidifier. The air is dryer in the winter time, and running your heat sucks even more moisture from the air, and can leave your skin parched. Keep moisture in your home and on your face by running a humidifier at night while you sleep. Instead of waking up crusty and dry, your skin will feel dewy and replenished in the morning.
4. Munch on veggies. It’s hard to remember fresh produce in the winter since it’s off season for basically all yummy veggies. Be mindful of what you are eating during the holidays. It’s easy to bust your diet on sugary baked goods or high-in-fat dairy products, which can wreak havoc on your skin. The veggie tray is ever-present at company parties or group gatherings. Opt for cucumbers and celery which naturally contain a lot of water. Orange and yellow veggies, like sweet potatoes, carrots, red peppers and pumpkin, are filled with antioxidant and beta-carotene. Add spinach and dark leafy greens to boost your consumption of vitamins A, B and E. Keep your skin and body fed with what it needs, and it will reflect that.
5. Get your omega-3 fats. When we talk winterizing our skin, let’s not forget our hands, too. If the tops of your hands aren’t soft and smooth, this may indicate you are deficient in omega-3 fats. The winter is particularly tough on hands, too. To prevent dry, cracked and ashy hands, add essential fatty acids to your diet by eating salmon, olive oil and walnuts.
6. Avoid chemical-filled soaps. Antibacterial soaps, skin care products containing alcohol and fragrance-filled soaps strip your skin of natural oils. Choose natural, organic soaps and avoid fragrances, or choose essential oils. I love Osmosis’ Cleanse because it is a light facial cleanser that doesn’t strip your skin of it’s natural oils.
7. Turn down the heat. It feels great to slip into a tub of hot water or a steamy hot shower in the winter, but some of us have the habit of overdoing it a bit with the temperature of our H2O. The heat of the water mixed with your soap depletes the natural oils on your skin, which will cause it to dry out faster. If you get out of the shower and your skin is red and itchy, this is a sign that the water is drying out your skin.
8. Gently exfoliate. As the body ages, its natural ability to regenerate new layers of skin slows down. Gentle exfoliation will slough off old skin cells and reveal fresh, glowing skin. And when I say gentle, I mean GENTLE! No harsh scrubs or acid peels!