When I did my blog planning two months ago and scheduled this week’s blog, I wrote “Winter Skin Care” because I wanted to share tips of how we can protect our skin during the cold and dry season. But then the strangest and beautiful thing happened.
On Saturday evening I went to the shop to get the latest fix of my favourite magazine, The South African Journal of Natural Medicine. I was actually late buying it (I should subscribe, but I just can’t seem to make up my mind whether to go digital or stay with print), so I just picked up a copy without scanning the contents and paid.
Imagine my surprise the following day when I sat down to read it ,only to discover that one of the main features of this month’s issue is “A-Z of winter Skin Care”. I got pretty excited to see that I am aligned with the current trends in natural health care and that I am sharing relevant information with you.
When I compared the draft I had already started to the full magazine article, I decided it’s best to share generously from the magazine. The article is written by Dr Leila Sadien who practices integrative medicine and integrative aesthetics and is one of South Africa’s top authorities on natural health and beauty.
Here are some of her recommendations to keep skin healthy during winter:
Taking antioxidants topically and orally helps to protect the body from harmful free radicals which can cause cancer and inflammation and also protects us from the effects of poor diets and lifestyle choices. Consuming and supplementing with Vitamins A, C and E is recommended to nourish the skin.
We spend a lot of time indoors during winter. This deprives us of exposure to sunlight which means that less Vitamin D is manufactured by the body. Vitamin D deficiency can result in skin problems such as acne, rosacea and may accelerate aging and cause delayed healing and repair.
I had my first encounter with humidifiers when I moved to dry Johannesburg, they saved me. Humidifiers moisten dry air and help the skin say moisturised during the brutal and dry winter season. I bought one with a diffuser and used essential oils to infuse different scents depending on the mood I wanted to create. The humidity keeps the skin supple and glowing throughout winter. WINNING!
The skin on our lips is quite thin and has no oil glands to provide protection. It is therefore important to keep them well moisturised with a good lip balm and drinking lots of water.
Night time Routine
It’s easy to skip bedtime skin care in winter but don’t. Your skin need extra moisture as it regenerates throughout the night after being exposed to wind and drying hot air-conditioning at the office. I use a rich oil blend in winter which I make with a base of Argan oil.
Get more from her on this months issue of the magazine.
In addition to the above, skin is a reflection of what is going on inside of you. When everything is in order, your skin glows, it does not matter how old you are. However, if you are not consuming nutrient dense food, or your body is not digesting and using those nutrients efficiently, it will show on the condition of your skin. Remember in this blog article Detoxification Simplified I explained that skin carries the toxic load when other organs are burdened so your skin reflects the internal state of your health.
Here is my top 3 internal weaponry for glowing winter skin:
As if we need another reason to eat more avocados, comes a story of an 81 year old model who attributes her good skin to eating avocados and flax seed every day.
Good fats mainly come from monounsaturated (olive oil, avocados ,nuts, sunflower)and polyunsaturated fats (salmon, mackerel, flaxseed, sardines) help the skin maintain its moisture balance and vitality. They provide omega3 and omega 6, essential fatty acids required to build healthy cell membranes.
They also provide a protective layer to the skin, helping it to stay hydrated plump.
Good dietary sources of silica include whole grains and seeds like oats, flax and rice. The herb horsetail is rich in silica and can be purchased in capsule form. You can also consume bone broth for the benefit of your skin. Well-made bone broth is rich in gelatine, which benefits the skin.
Silica is a mineral that helps your body produce and more strengthen collagen and all the layers of the skin and connective tissue. You definitely want this weapon.
Drinking water can be challenging in winter but if you skimp on it, it will show on your skin. Water keeps your skin hydrated from the inside and helps plump up collagen and improve the look of your skin. Water also helps to remove removes toxins from so your skin does not become burdened.
If cold water is challenge, drink herbal tea made with lavender and other skin supporting herbs like horsetail, oat straw and nettles.
Furthermore, make time to exfoliate regularly to remove dull old skin. Did you know that skin regenerates every month? Removing dead skin gives way to new skin giving you a glowing canvas to lather with a rich moisturising cream throughout winter.
Adding these tips to your skin care will ensure that come summer time,you will have healthy,glowing skin to bare.That is the point.
Do you have other tips and tricks up your sleeve for winter-proofing your skin? I’d love to hear them. Drop a comment and share.