YIKES! Has old man winter stolen your glow? He sure tried to take mine…my skin has been suffering with the winter conditions here on the east coast! But not to worry- we can take our glow back!
Good skin starts from within. Yes, that rhymes for a reason: you can’t achieve healthy skin when you are depriving your body of proper nutrition and hydration. And this shouldn’t come as a surprise because our skin is our largest organ.
So. Let’s start at the very beginning (a very good place to start… cue music)
Tip 1: Food that nourishes and heals YOUR body
I can’t tell you what diet to follow. And I shouldn’t either. And by “diet” I simply mean a way of eating. Perhaps Paleo is good for you; Keto could be your thing; or maybe you are Vegan. All fine and dandy as long as you are listening to your body’s signals and not just following someone else. A lot of skin issues stem from food sensitivities and allergies. Nagging pimples or rashes on your skin? Check your diet. Common culprits are acidic foods, lactose, eggs, gluten, dairy, nightshades, nuts, sugar…basically any food can be a trigger. So, heed your body’s clues. Don’t cut everything at once and don’t ignore it either. Find the foods that make you feel the best and stick to those. What works for me may not work for you; what works for you may not work for your best friend. Keep as many foods in your diet as possible for variety and micronutrient diversity while still listening to your body.
Tip 2: Eat healthy fats!
Don’t be afraid of healthy fats: avocado, coconut, nuts, olive oil, fish oils, full fat dairy if that is your jam…fat is fuel and fat is good for your skin. Specifically, omega 3 fatty acids. Fat is also good for your hormones and happy hormones = happy skin. This one is simple ladies and gentlemen. Simple.
Tip 3: Hydrate your face off…(or on, actually, we want our face to stay on)
Let me break this down for you in easy language: the more hydrated you are, the more *plump* your skin will be. There are multiple layers to our skin and there is a lattice like structure that sits below the surface layer (think of fishnet stockings). We want to hydrate our skin from the inside out to literally push those wrinkles and fine lines back up. It is like soaking a raisin in hot water…after enough time, the raisin will be twice its size as the hydration has soaked into the fruit, plumping it from the inside-out. We have a tendency in the winter to skimp on our water, mainly because it is just so darn cold. I don’t want to guzzle a 2L bottle of water thank you very much; but, I will have 5 cups of herbal tea plus a water bottle. Cool.
*Note, I said HERBAL tea. Caffeine will dehydrate you. It also will mess with your sleep and hormones, so just keep that coffee to a few cups (or just 1!) in the morning, and rooibos/herbal tea later on.
Tip 4: Oil! Glisten up that skin baby!
Add in a facial oil. I particularly like Squalane oil as it is lightweight and never leaves my skin greasy. This will add an extra layer of moisture, improve skin’s texture and tone, increase elasticity and cell turnover, and won’t clog your pores. Squalane oil is derived from olives so it is an all-natural product. I use the Indie Lee brand and love it.
Tip 5: Double-time that sleep time.
Sleep. AHHHHH the beautiful thing that is sleep. Nothing can make up for a lack of sleep, so prioritize it. You are not a hero if you claim to be able to successfully run off of 5 hours of sleep. Your brain (and body, and skin, and muscles…) needs 7-9 hours, not ands/ifs or butts about it. So while you are sleeping, use that time wisely and put on an overnight face mask, or, a rich and super hydrating night cream. My skin has been thriving with the Overnight Resurfacing Peel and the Countermatch Recovery Sleeping Cream .
There you have it- my 5 top tips for glowing winter skin! Don’t wait until the spring to have good skin….start now!