Top Tips for Beautiful Winter Skin

Top Tips for Beautiful Winter Skin

1. Dry Skin

Dry air and heating sucks the moisture out of your skin, leaving it dehydrated. Long, hot showers and baths might be comforting, but they’re also stripping your skin of natural oils. This means the moisture in your skin will need to be replenished for it to stay healthy. Try keeping showers to ten minutes and moisturising afterwards with coconut oil. It’s excellent at increasing hydration in seriously dry skin, as well as having natural antibacterial and antifungal properties. Collagen and silica can also help hydrate and rejuvenate your skin. 


2. Eczema and Psoriasis 

When you have eczema or psoriasis your skin gets extremely itchy and dry, causing it to peel and crack. In winter, heating inside can make these conditions worse. Getting enough sleep, exercising and eating a balanced diet of foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids, such as oily fish, walnuts and flaxseed, can provide some relief. Supplementing your diet with fish oil can also be a good way of getting the amount of omega 3 fatty acids that your body needs. 

Creating a strong, healthy immune system will help to limit flair ups. Vitamin D is an amazing winter wellness supplement, not only for immunity but also for skin.   A vitamin D deficiency increases susceptibility to bacterial and viral infections. Taking vitamin D will help increase your immunity as well as regulate cellular growth, helping to suppress irregular cell growth in psoriasis sufferers. Immulox can also be helpful as an immune system balancer. Derived from colostrum powder with enhanced proline-rich polypeptide (PRPs) levels, it can be helpful for skin conditions that are affected by an overactive immune system and inflammation.


3. Sunburn and UV Exposure

Just because it’s cold and grey outside doesn’t mean the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays aren’t causing damage to your skin. Keep your skin protected by continuing to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen or a moisturiser with at least SPF 15 throughout winter, especially if you’re out in the snow.  


4. Chilblains and Raynaud’s disease

Most sufferers know that Raynaud’s disease (a condition affecting the circulation of blood in the fingers and toes) and the painful red, itchy lumps of chilblains are linked to colder temperatures. Unfortunately rushing inside to quickly warm up in front of a heater will not solve the problem, in fact it’ll make them worse. Keep affected areas warm by adding extra layers and slowly increase your body temperature from the inside with cups of tea. Gentle movement and exercises like rotating your arms and wrists will also help to get your blood pumping and improve circulation.


5. Cracked Lips

Cracked lips aren’t just extremely uncomfortable, avoiding them is also important for your health. A weakened immune system can cause outbreaks of cold sores and other bacterial infections. Strengthening your immune system will help to keep these winter issues at bay. On top of regularly moisturising, try exfoliating your lips to remove the dry, dead skin. Brush them gently with a soft toothbrush or try this DIY Easy and Natural Lip Scrub recipe so they stay looking soft and supple. Another good tip is to use coconut oil as a natural lip salve to protect and treat your lips.


Staying healthy by supporting your immune system and watching what we put inside our body, with a balanced diet containing key nutrients and antioxidants will help keep your skin glowing through the winter months ahead. 


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