Winter Skincare Survival Guide
The cold winter months can often bring a tired, dull and pale complexion with it. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be this way! With a few small changes to your skincare regime you can greatly improve your skin's health (even during the winter!). Read our winter beauty survival guide to help you achieve a healthy glow all year round.
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Staying hydrated has a large impact on our skin, immunity, and overall health. We typically recommend drinking at least 2L of water every day but in the winter months when we don't naturally feel as thirsty its important to increase your water intake to 3 -4 L per day to stay hydrated. Add lemon or ginger root to your glass of water for an added inflammatory boost and to fight sore throats. If you notice you have dry or chapped lips despite constantly reaching for your lip balm, this could be a sign that you are dehydrated. Another reason to reach for that H2O!
Dry and peeling skin can lead to a dull complexion in the winter. Dry brushing and exfoliating are a great way to combat this. Dry brushing is an ancient technique of brushing skin with a natural brush to stimulate lymph flow, improve circulation and exfoliate skin. The skin is typically brushed toward the heart, starting at the feet and hands and brushing toward the chest. We recommend dry brushing right before jumping in the shower. When exfoliating, make sure to find a mild exfoliant like Dandelion Facial Grains. Your face should feel clean and nourished afterwards and never irritated. Aim to dry brush daily and exfoliate every three or four days for best results.
During winter, limit shampooing to every other day (or better yet once a week) to allow your hairs natural oils to build up and avoid static cling. Switching to an all natural bristle brush will also help fight static as plastic brushes and combs can be a contributor. Apply a great hair conditioner and use a deep conditioning leave-in mask overnight to wake up with locks that are moisturized and smooth. We love to rub coconut herbal hair oil into our sculpt at night and rub a few drops on the ends in the morning to fight split ends.
With dry heat blasting throughout your home in the winter it's important to restore the air's moisture. A great way to do this is using a humidifier (or if your home has radiators placing a bowl of water on top). Not only will your humidifier add moisture to dry skin, heal blemishes and calm irritated skin conditions, it will also help to relieve sinus colds, clear nasal passages and alleviate snoring. Leave a humidifier on while you are sleeping and wake up with refreshed skin.
Increase healthy fats
Including more healthy fats in your diet this time of year will bring huge improvements to your skin. Omega 3's reduce inflammation, strengthen skin cells, and moisturize from the inside out. Healthy fats, such as organic coconut oil, ghee, walnut and avocado all contain tryptophan, which is what sunlight converts to serotonin. Since the days are shorter and sun exposure is less frequent in the winter months, it's imperative to consume foods that boost your tryptophan levels.
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