I can already smell spring in the air, but we will have to wait a bit longer to meet her in all its blooming glory. For the time being it’s still winter and for many of us, cold winter air makes our skin feel dry, tight and flaky.
Epidermis, the top layer of skin is made up of skin cells and a lipid, fatty barrier that keeps harmful substances from getting into the body and prevents moisture loss. If this barrier is damaged, our skin becomes dry.
Here are my tips on how to effectively treat the skin when it’s in desperate need of moisture and hydration.
Eat food rich in essential fatty acid.
Omega-3, omega-6 and 9 fatty acids are wonderful for the body and they really help with dry skin, brittle nails, and damaged hair. Highly recommended is cold pressed hemp seed oil, you can have a tablespoon every day after your meal. Me, for example, I put a teaspoon of plum seed oil into my porridge. It tasted amazing and its pack with omega-9 fatty acids. You can cook with avocado oil, olive oil and let's not forget about nuts. Almonds, walnuts, pecans, they are all very rich and ad tremendous benefits to your skin and overall wellbeing.
Avocados are the real deal too and not only are they really delicious but also nutritious. Healthy fats are very important for women in general, so don’t shy away from them, rather embrace them fully.
Essential fatty acids are helping with creating a healthy skin barrier that is much needed if we want to keep our skin moisturized.
Drink plenty of water.
Water is always the number one thing to help our skin, either dry or oily, and this advice is beginning to sound very redundant, but there’s a reason for that - it works. Water plumps up the skin, makes you look more fresh, radiant and overall healthier. Get yourself a nice glass or stainless steel water bottle and hydrate your body throughout the day. Your skin will thank you for it. Water also brings essential nutrients throughout the body and helps the body to wash away the toxins.
Stay away from stripping cleansers.
Make sure to properly cleanse your skin in the evening with a gentle soap-free cleanser, but skip a cleanser in the morning. Splash your face with water only (and make sure it’s rather cold) and apply your skincare products. If your skin is really dry and sensitive then skip that and gently cleanse & tone your skin with rose or lavender flower water. Simply apply the hydrosol on a reusable organic cotton makeup pad, swipe across your face and continue with your regular skincare routine.
Use moisturizing products.
Make sure you’re taking care of your skin internally but also externally. Sometimes just a little change in your skincare routine can make a huge difference. Soothe and Repair Daily Moisturiser did that for me and turned my flaky skin into a well moisturized, plump and soft skin, even in the dead of winter. If your skin is particularly parched, then I recommend adding a drop or two of Midnight Beauty Serum to the moisturizer, for that extra protection from the cold winds and dry office spaces.
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