Over a month and a half down in 2018 and it is still cold in most of the country. That means our skin is probably not looking its finest. Here are our tips for the best-looking skin this winter!
According to Maharishi Ayurveda, cold, dry air, and windy wintry weather, all aggravate our body’s air and space elements, or Vata principle. The dryness and cold outside of us create dryness and coldness inside of us. To balance Vata and protect our skin in the winter, we, in turn, need to apply the “principle of opposites,” favoring warm foods and drinks, soups and other water-rich foods, and including healthy oils to fight winter dryness.
Drink water warm, or at least at room temperature and hydrate from the inside out. Our bodies are made up of 64% water depending on your hydration levels. Water not only plumps the skin but it encourages collagen production which ensures the cohesion, elasticity, and regeneration of skin. It also helps to flush toxins out of the body that can lead to acne. Bone broth is also great for the skin because it has water, it is warm, and it contains collagen naturally.
Eat more fresh vegetables. They are packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and healing pigments. Dark leafy greens and winter squashes.
Pomegranate and oranges are great for their antioxidants and flavonoids.
Omega-3 fish oil contains both docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Think fish, nuts, olive oil, flax, and avocados. If you enjoy eating fish, the “SMASH” species—salmon, mackerel, anchovy, sardine, and herring—are your best options. They have less mercury. We recommend Bio-Omega 3 by Physica, which you can get in our office or we can ship.
Gut health has a huge impact on skin health because the gut is where good nutrients are absorbed. A high quality probiotic is essential for gut health. Saccharomyces Boulardii Forte promotes support of healthy nutritional gut resistance to pathogens.
ADEK from Apex – Supports gastrointestinal health and the immune system with a formula that combines 1500 IU of vitamin A (30% of the recommended DV), 1000 IU of vitamin D3 (250% of the recommended DV), and 200 IU of vitamin E.
Add a collagen supplement – Collagen type I, found in bones and skin, is the most plentiful and is commonly used in scientific research. Collagen type II is present in cartilage and may be helpful for relieving symptoms of arthritis. Collagen type III appears in skin, muscles, and the walls of the intestines—it is often combined with type I in supplements that help maintain healthy bones, muscles, and skin.
Did you know that 26 seconds is all it takes for the ingredients in your personal care products to enter your bloodstream? Make sure your products are toxin free and clean. The skin has many of the same enzymes as the liver — including those involved in detoxification. If our body becomes overloaded with toxins, our skin reflects it in rashes, itching, and even accelerated aging. Toxins are likely to build up in the body during the winter. To avoid toxin buildup and help keep your skin clear through the winter months, work up a sweat on a regular basis during the winter through exercise or far infrared saunas.
Take shorter showers and baths which can tend to dry out skin. Limit to 10 minutes and have the water lukewarm. After the shower or bath apply 100% jojoba oil which will help the dryness.
According to Bri, a Colorado-based licensed esthetician, exfoliate once a week if you have regular to dry skin. Oily skin needs exfoliating more often, 1-3 times is ideal depending on sensitivity and skin type. Exfoliating is the key to a brighter complexion to get rid of all those dead skin cells.
Moisturize at least daily – Your skin’s nocturnal blood flow is much higher at night which means it’s more susceptible to product and more likely to renew.
Add humidifier to the house and or each room. It adds moisture to the air which will help your skin.
Don’t forget your SPF30+ sunscreen even in the winter. UV light is always present and will cause irreversible damage if it’s not protected against.
Health and Happiness,
Ayurveda by Sahara Rose Ketabi and Deepak Chopra