Winter Skin Survival

Winter can be harsh on your skin. We’re constantly inside with heaters, which cause dryness and dehydration, and the time spent outside can result in face damage from the nature’s elements, like wind, ice and extreme cold. Here are some tips to keep your skin beautiful this winter:

  • Learn to layer: Just like you layer on the clothes to keep warm, layer on the moisturizer to keep hydrated. First apply a rich oil (avocado, almond, massage oil blend) and then seal it in with a butter (shea, pure butter balms, sticks and rich body creams).
  • Layer your lips as well: If you wear lipstick, put a balm on under to keep them moist, hydrated and chapped free. Keep mineral oil, petroleum and cocoa butter off your lips. Look for lip products that contain shea butter, avocado oil and apricot oil.
  • Lanolin: Lanolin is the oil that sheep produce to keep their wool coats waterproof and deodorized and it’s a cruelty-free product. Put some pure lanolin on your face before heading out into the cold. It’s both soothing for dry chapped skin – but also protective against cold, harsh weather conditions. Lanolin has a coating effect that keeps that moisture from being drawn out, while allowing the skin to breathe without clogging pores.
  • Skip the long, hot showers: Lukewarm, shorter showers are best.
  • Exfoliate in the shower with a salt or sugar scrub. Exfoliation in winter is vital. Look for scrubs with butters and oils, not glycerin or chemical cocktails. Here’s a favorite DIY exfoliating body scrub mixture:  1/8 cup oat flour (you can substitute the flour with finely ground rolled oats, ground in a coffee grinder – don’t worry about any coffee residue, it’s great for cellulite). Olive, safflower, almond, avocado or pistachio oil. Mix flour and salt. Add oil in 1 tablespoon increments until the salt/flour mixture lightly is coated.
  • Humidify: A humidifier is truly an overnight skin saver well worth investing in! With all the artificial indoor heating – or even a wood-fired stove – the indoor air gets very dry and can dry out our skin!
  • Hydrate from the inside out: Eat hydrating and lubricating foods – even in winter! Watery veggies like celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and carrots are great. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin C and zinc to support the healthy production of collagen and elastin–and consider an omega-3 supplement, or consume more fatty fish.
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