“WINTERIZING YOUR SKIN”
Winter takes its special toll on your skin, which may still be recuperating from the fiery assaults of summertime. Stressed from long, hot, moisture-barren days, the drying effects of chlorinated water and air conditioning, too much time outdoors in the sizzling summer sun your skin is ready to hibernate for the winter. Instead of getting a much deserved rest and rejuvenation, it must work overtime, preparing for the demanding task of defending itself against the woes of winter weather.
The chilling cold in the air from the sudden change of seasons can leave your skin chapped and devastatingly dry. Our winter atmosphere is notorious for its scarce humidity and is compounded by indoor heating, winter’s most vicious skin-drying scoundrel.
The skin is the largest organ of the body and it is important that we understand it has the ability to absorb as well as excrete. If we seal the skin with petroleum based products although they do trap moisture next to your skin giving the feeling of protection; they interfere with the skins ability to eliminate toxins, which will only cause more scaling, flaking, thickening and dryness.
Wintertime skin care should be a high priority- both for prevention and preservation. Our winter weather requires a dedicated daily regimen. By protecting your skin during these dry winter months you can ward off damage before it occurs and help prevent unnecessary premature aging.
Here are some helpful skin saving suggestions-
Basic to good skin care anytime of the year is plenty of fresh water and a healthy diet that is devoid of overly processed foods.
Cut moisture loss by lowering your thermostat and use a whole house humidifier.
Use cosmetics and moisturizers that contain jojoba oil instead of petroleum based products. This botanical most closely resembles your skin’s own natural oils and replenishes lost oil without clogging pores or blemishing skin.
Exfoliate the skin with microderm abrasion beads. Avoid exfoliators that contain ground seeds, which actually cause micro cuts in the skin. Sloughing off the dead cells boosts circulation, promotes collagen production, and allows you to moisturize the live skin underneath.
Moisturize your skin from the inside. Add unsaturated fatty acids such as primrose oil, fish oil or flaxseed to your diet.
Using the sauna is also good for the skin. It allows for the elimination of toxins, boosts circulation. If you do not have access to a sauna steam your face over a pan of water. Add a few drops of chamomile or lavender to further enhance the effects of the steam.
Spend sometime everyday outdoors, even if for just a few minutes. Time outside helps balance moisture and the pH of your skin.
Winter presents its special challenges to staying healthy, your skin is no exception. These common sense suggestions will help give your skin that healthy glow despite the gloomy weather. Till next time, Rebecca