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Keeping Your Skin Healthy in Winter

December 11, 2009

Wintertime can be very harsh on our skin.  The blistering wind and cold causes dry, cracking and peeling skin and lips.  We buy products and apply them over and over to no avail.  Quite often the products we use contain alcohol which dry our skin even more!  The best way to protect your skin is to keep it covered in harsh conditions.  Eating proper foods, hydrating with enough water, and using special moisturizers found in nature, are also important for a good skincare strategy. 

Foods rich in essential fatty acids like salmon, walnuts, and flax seed are perfect for a healthy skin diet.  Also use unrefined olive oil and coconut oil in foods, and as moisturizers to keep skin lubricated and looking and feeling healthier overall.  Which oils are the right oils for healthy skin? Those labeled cold pressed, expeller processed, or extra virgin are the ones to look for.  Foods high in antioxidants are also essential for healthy skin.  Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and plums are all good choices. 

Harsh weather conditions make the skin dehydrated which feels flaky and dry.  To overcome this problem, it is important to drink plenty of water.  Increase your intake of water in the winter to feed the largest organ on the body, the skin. Don’t forget, water in tea counts toward your goal too!

Do not bathe or shower in very hot water. Comfortably warm water is much gentler on your skin. Do not bathe more than once a day if your skin is very dry.

Another good skin tip is to keep humidifiers in the house.  They will humidify the dry air and prevent skin from drying and becoming cracked and itchy. 

What are your strategies for winter skincare?