The cold winter air slows blood circulation in your skin, contributing to seasonal paleness. Stimulate your circulation and tone your skin through regular dry brushing. All you need is a long-handled, natural bristle brush and a few minutes before your shower.
(Please see my previous post on dry brushing for full directions)
Healthy skin begins with a clean slate. During winter months, use an emollient-rich body wash when you shower or bathe, as bar soaps can be dehydrating.
If you have extra-sensitive skin, simply lather coconut oil onto your body before you enter the shower, and gently wash with a cotton cloth. Coconut oil and olive oil are excellent facial cleansers if your skin is dry or dehydrated, and are even able to remove makeup.
If you have oilier skin, try cleansers containing botanical soapwort (Saponaria officinalis) or Castile soap, which is a simple combination of olive oil and soda.
Key to healthy locks
Give yourself a hot oil treatment as you do chores or soak in the tub. Simply apply a coin-sized amount of olive or coconut oil to dry hair. Cover hair with plastic shower cap and wrap a towel around your head. Natural body heat boosts the oil’s ability to condition hair. After 15 minutes, shampoo as usual.
Cold winds and central heating parch skin and hair. Use emollients such as healing jojoba, sweet almond, or Moroccan argan oil to replenish moisture.
While cold sores have nothing to do with the temperature, winter weather can boost stress, while being trapped indoors with bacteria and viruses often taxes your immune system, triggering an outbreak.
Look for lip care products containing lysine, and boost intake of lysine-containing foods such as eggs, fish, and lima beans. For supple lip skin, roll on a balm containing nourishing castor oil, olive oil, vitamin E, and cocoa butter. Avoid licking lips, which can lead to chapping.
Adequate sleep not only helps to prevent the tell-tale dark circles and bags of a night owl, but also is necessary to keep your immune system strong and to allow for much-needed body repair and maintenance.
Eight hours of nightly sleep can also prevent weight gain—which is important because come spring you’ll shed the bulky sweaters. Aim for seven to nine hours nightly.
Retaining moisture is the number one winter survival strategy for healthy skin, nails, and hair—and what you eat can play a huge role. Be sure to include adequate dietary omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, from fish oil to create healthy lipid membranes that help to keep water in cells.
Fat-soluble vitamins A, D, and E are also key to healthy skin: consider taking a multivitamin for insurance. Of course, having adequate H2O available is crucial, so aim to drink about eight glasses of water daily.