image Five simple tips to winter-proof your skin and banish dryness

Have you noticed that your skin becomes more sallow, dry and dull in the winter? You’re not alone – both women and men experience these  issues when the temperatures drop and the indoor heat turns on. The cold outside and heat inside suck the moisture out of the skin leading to uncomfortable dryness, flaking and even rashes. Our skin is sensitive, yet resilient, and there are ways to prevent it from becoming dull, tight and irritated during the winter naturally, without having to spend lots of money or lathering on chemically-laden products!

Add these simple tips to your weekly routines to improve the health and look of your skin this winter:

  1. Moisturize with sesame oil – Pick up some organic, unprocessed sesame oil at your grocery store and apply it all over once a day! This oil creates a thin layer over the skin and locks in moisture and vitamins. Sesame oil is known for its warming, healing properties and is especially good to use during winter months. Jojoba oil is another good option as its chemical structure is very similar to our skin’s natural oils and can be easily absorbed and strengthens the skin. These oils can be used on the body, as well as, on the face – use them at night before heading to bed to hydrate the skin throughout the night and to avoid a greasy-look during the day.
  2. Bathe in room-temperature water rather than hot – I know, I know. When it’s cold outside, a hot shower feels amazing. Unfortunately, the hot water can wreck havoc on your skin and pull all of the moisture out of it, causing it to become dry, flaky and possibly even causing it to crack. Take a deep breath, and just cool down the water. Your skin will be grateful to you.
  3. Apply an avocado mask – Avocados are high in vitamin E and Omega-3 fatty acids which help cell function and keep the skin hydrated. Grab an avocado, mash it up, and apply the blend onto your face (and any other dry areas like your hands and elbows) and leave it on for 20 minutes. Once you rinse the mask off, you will notice your skin has a glow and feels soft and moisturized. Apply this mask once a week for best results.
  4. Eat more nuts and seeds – Nuts and seeds contain vitamins, monosaturated fats and minerals that are critical to skin health. At least three times a week, grab a handful of almonds, brazil nuts or walnuts and chow down. Adding chia, flax and hemp seeds to your meals are also a great way to incorporate fabulous fats to your diet that will moisturize and heal your skin cells.
  5. Drink warm water throughout the day – Our skin needs water to look and feel healthy, stay flexible and keep from looking “grey.” Water draws toxins away from the skin, aids in circulation and hydrates. It’s important to drink warm water, particularly in the winter to improve absorption and keep everything moving in the right direction.

Keeping your skin healthy and hydrated during the winter months take a little more effort than during other times during the year. Thankfully, the earth has given us a variety of natural ways we can combat common winter-skin problems. Do you have a specific winter-skin issue you need addressed? Shoot me an email at pranawellnessandhealth@gmail.com and let’s handle it!

 

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