27 Nov Radiant Winter Skin
As much as I would love to live in denial, I can’t ignore the fact that the temperatures have been steadily dropping for the past few weeks. Winter is inching its way in to our lives. There are some things I look forward to; cozy nights curled up in front of a fire and gliding down the ski slopes for the first time in ages. And there are some things I don’t look forward to, like dry, flaky skin. Fortunately, there are some things we can do to keep skin naturally moist and radiant, but we have to start now. So, let’s get to it. Here are my top tips for keeping your skin healthy this winter.
1. Moisturize every single day. Moisturizing isn’t always enough to keep the extreme dryness away, but it’s a good start, especially if your skin isn’t dry yet. In your moisturizer, there are ingredients called humectants. Their job is to grab moisture from the air and hold it in you skin. If you want to avoid chemicals, look for Lecithin, Panthenol (pro-vitamin B5) or Glycerin on the products label. These are natural humectants. Propylene Glycol, Diethylene Glycol and PEG are common chemical humectants.
2. Add more seafood to your diet. In the months leading up to the chilly season, start adding more seafood to keep your skin glowing. Seafood tends to be rich in zinc and omega-3 fatty acids, both of which are great for your complexion. Fatty acids help moisturize the skin from within, and according to a 1998 Journal of American Dermatology study, they may also help treat psoriasis. Zinc is involved in metabolizing testosterone, which affects sebum production (sebum is a primary cause of acne).
3. Eat more citrus fruit. Vitamin C is an amazing antioxidant, and it is so great for your skin that it is often used as the active ingredient in skincare products. Vitamin C is so effective because it helps the body produce collagen, which will keep your skin from sagging.
4. Go nuts for nuts. Nuts, especially almonds, are very high in the beauty nutrient Vitamin E. Much like vitamin C, E is a powerful antioxidant. In your body, it will fight free radical damage