Whether or not we drink plenty of water, most of us experience chronically dry and dehydrated skin during the winter season. Cold air, artificial heat, low humidity, and lack of sunshine can exacerbate skin dryness, especially for those who are prone to eczema, allergies, dryness and sensitivities. While it’s most important for our bodies to get sufficient water intake (the warmer the better), the problem often lies in the barrier of the skin. One of the many purposes of the lipid barrier is to prevent trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL)=simply dehydration. This barrier inevitably breaks down simply by aging and sun-damage, as well as using SLS based cleansers, alcohol based products, over-exfoliation, retinol based products as well as poor diet. To enrich this valuable protective barrier load up on omega-3 rich oils internally and externally. According to the ancient Ayurvedic wellness protocols the entire body is oiled daily. Look for organic plant oils with antioxidant actives such as avocado, grape seed, rosehip, olive leaf and stabilized forms of vitamin C. Active ingredients from 100% pure sources are necessary for skin’s nutrition and repair, resulting in healthy skin.
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Choosing a mild deep cleansing solution is key for allowing the skin to breathe without dissolving the skin’s protective barrier.
We need to pay special attention to what we eat and what we feed our skin. As we age blood circulation slows down resulting in less oxygen and nutrients in the skin, this is often the reason for dull, blotchy, and tired looking skin.
Hydrate your skin every morning and evening, even when you’re oily. Dehydrated skin tends to be more sensitive and ages faster. Stressed and imbalanced skin will combat dehydration by overproducing oil resulting in clogged and irritated complexion.
Be wise about sun exposure and use sunscreen daily, year-round (80% of the UV rays reflects from snow), wear sun hats and seek shade between 10-4pm. Supplement vitamin D3 internally.
Exercise regularly and absolutely no smoking!!