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How To Care For Winter Skin

How To Care For Winter Skin

The colder weather is here. And with the cold weather comes various challenges to the health of our skin. While many of these skin issues will be exacerbated by external conditions – strong weather, cold temperatures, and everything else – they could be telling you something about your internal health.

Here’s my quick guide to reading your winter skin…

Horizontal lines: often known as “worry lines” because when we’re worried we tend to wrinkle our forehead, they could also be a sign of an excess of liquid, sugar or ‘bad’ fat intake. If you tend to worry a lot, try to find ways to reduce stress levels and manage your worries. Also reduce the levels of sugar and ‘bad’ fats (found in fired foods, cakes and biscuits, etc.) in your diet.

Bags under eyes: this puffy skin under the eyes is a sign of water retention and can indicate an issue with your kidneys. Try reducing your intake of salt, and use gentle massage around the eye area to remove the build-up.

Dark circles: these can be caused by dehydration and poor circulation, and are often exacerbated by lack of adequate sleep. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water – around two litres a day is a basic recommendation, exercise regularly to boost circulation, and get enough good quality sleep.

Crow’s feet: these can be caused by weak eyesight which means you’re squinting a lot, so be sure to get your eyes tested regularly. They could also indicate a weak liver. Try massaging the area using a facial serum or facial oil. To support your liver, reduce your exposure to toxins (which get in the way of your liver being able to function properly) by cleaning-up your diet, using natural skincare products, and drinking plenty of water.

Dry nose: this is commonly caused by excessive use of tissues – especially if you have a cold or allergies. Lessen the effects of tissues by regularly applying moisture to the skin on your nose – Intensive Hydration Serum is a great choice, and has worked wonders for me recently!

Red nose tip: another sign of poor circulation which means your extremities aren’t getting the blood flow they need (cold feet and hands is another indicator of this). Make sure you get regular exercise to encourage healthy blood flow throughout your body. Skin brushing is also a great way to improve circulation around your skin and body.

Sensitive cheeks: often caused by harsh weather such as strong winds and extreme temperatures, sensitivity can also be a sign of rosacea, especially if there is also redness to the area. Use gentle natural skincare products designed for sensitive skin, and reduce your intake of spicy foods which can exacerbate sensitivity.

Chapped lips: can be a sign of dehydration. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water, and use a natural lip balm or beauty balm to add moisture and protect lips from harsh weather.

Dry skin: most likely caused by winter weather, this can also be a sign of dehydration or a lack of nutrients and ‘good’ fats in your diet. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water, and include lots of fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet, as well as nuts, seeds and pure vegetable oils for extra ‘good’ fats. Now is also a good time to introduce a moisture serum or facial oil into your skincare ritual.

Dull complexion: skin that’s looking a bit grey and generally lack-lustre can be caused by poor circulation, lack of essential nutrients in your diet, or a build-up of dead skin cells on the skin surface. Improve your diet (see “dry skin” tip above), and get regular exercise to improve blood flow. Also try including facial skin brushing as part of your skincare ritual. Used daily, this simple technique helps to exfoliate dead skin cells and improve blood flow to the skin in one go.

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