Weather 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 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 sundamage, as well as using SLS based cleansers and alcohol based products, over-exfoliation, alcohol and retinol based products and of course poor diet to name a few. To enrich this valuable protective barrier load up on oil intake internally and externally. As in ancient Ayurvedic skin care and whole body wellness protocols the entire body is oiled daily. Look for organic plant oils with antioxidant actives such as resveratrol, grapeseed, rosehip, olive leaf and stabilized forms of vit C. Active ingredients from 100% pure sources are necessary for skin’s nutrition and repair, resulting in healthy skin.
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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 every morning and every evening, even when you’re oily. Dehydrated skin tends to be more sensitive and ages faster. Stressed and imbalanced skin combats dehydration by overproduction of oil resulting in clogged and irritated complexion.
Be wise about sun exposure and use sunscreen daily, year-round (80%UV reflects from snow!) , wear hats and seek shade between 10-4pm. Supplement vitamin D3 internally.
Choosing a mild deep cleansing solution is key for allowing the skin to breathe without dissolving the skin’s protective barrier.
Exercise, and absolutely no smoking!!