Brrr…. it’s getting cold outside! It seems like only yesterday that we were basking in the warm sun (with sunscreen of course!)
But the warmer season has come to end, and Mr. Frosty is making his way to town. So what does this mean for your skin? Our bodies go through some pretty interesting changes with each season, which you will read plenty about as you follow our blog, but the skin on our bodies can be the area that is affected greater than the rest.
The reason is that the humidity plummets. Our skin’s number one component is water, and by the principles of osmosis , water will flow across a membrane to equalize on either side. This means the air is literally sucking the water out of your skin! This loss of water causes a reduction in the barrier function of the skin, its primary function. The skin itself prevents chemicals, excess water, bacteria and viruses from getting through to the inside of our body. It’s a pretty cool organ.
The other dreaded side effect is the ‘winter itch’. Winter itch occurs because the skin is dry, yet wearing heavy clothes causes sweat to accumulate and irritate the pores. The results is itchy crusty bumps.
So – what can we do to keep our skin healthy and avoid unnecessary damage?
- Exfoliate – once per week is plenty, combine a moisture rich oil (view our beautiful blends here) with our Well Body Salt (made from Murray River salt), and work in circular motions over the skin on the body. This will not only remove dead skin cells, but also stimulate your circulation and support detoxification.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! – We tend to have hotter, longer showers in the cooler weather and bake ourselves infront of the heater, so make sure you are replacing the lost hydration with plenty of skin loving oils and lots of water.
- Work from the inside – For glowing, supple skin, there’s plenty you can be doing from an internal perspective. Getting enough greens in your diet is the way to go: spinach, kale and broccoli are delicious and bursting with the lutein ( boosts skin hydration and elasticity), vitamins C, E, B and K (great for skin repair and hydration), antioxidants (to protect collagen from degradation) and beta-carotene (pro-vitamin A, essential for healthy skin). Eating foods rich in good oils, avocadoes, olive oil, coconut oil and omega 3’s (cold water fish, flaxseeds, leafy greens, chia seeds) will help keep your skin hydrated, smooth, soft and supple on the inside. Check out The Beauty Chef Cleanse Powder and Inner Hydration Boost for some excellent internal supplements that we use religiously.
- Look at the label – have you got products that contain ingredients you have never heard of? Most likely the preservatives in your products will be working against your skin. Choose quality ingredients that come from nature, and leave the nasty man-made chemicals alone.