Winter is here full on!
So, here are a few tips for coping with cold, dry weather.
Keep your facial skin happy:
- Start with a good exfoliation, either microdermabrasion or a gentle enzyme-based peel.
- Use Sodium Hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid) daily before your day cream or your night cream. Some creams already contain Sodium Hyaluronate. Make sure it is a key ingredient, listed near the beginning of the ingredients, not in the middle or somewhere down the bottom. ( See my post: Skin Care Ingredients – Hyaluronate Acid ).
- Use a good hydrating cream not a moisturizing. Hydrating creams are water-based.
- Stay away from the old fashioned oil-based moisturizers that just sit on the skin.
- Remember you still need a moisturizer with a sun block, especially if you ski.
But don’t forget your body:
- Use a body brush once week – in the bath or shower. I don’t suggest dry brushing.
- Once or twice a week add a tbsp. of oil to your bath. I prefer Jojoba, Argon or Grapeseed oils.
- When you get out of the bath – massage the oil in a little before drying yourself. Then apply a good quality absorbant body cream.
- Refrain from using harsh, scented soaps – Savon de Marseille remains my favourite!
- And don’t forget to drink sufficient water! Most of the water you drink will go towards your digestive system and organs, which will benefit your whole body.
And for your overall health:
- Drink sufficient water to keep your joints hydrated and your organs and cells cleansed. Coffee and alcohol are dehydrating. I would suggest you not drink more than 2 cups of coffee a day and 2 alcoholic drinks a week.
- Take Essential Fatty Acids daily – an EPA/DHA supplement from fish oils will help balance your immune system. Unless you eat a lot of sardines and mackerel, you most likely are not getting enough DHA.
- Reduce your sugar intake – sugar in any form including juices will lower your immune response.
- Eat nuts and seeds for their Phytosterols – they help the immune system too.
- Run a humidifier and an air cleaner. The humidifier will keep your skin and nasal passages hydrated. The air cleaner will remove mould and dust particles – especially important in the winter when windows remain closed.
- Get outside! You don’t have to be a skier or skater – just go for a walk, using ski poles for stability if you necessary.
For more detailed information on Fats and Balancing the Immune System please contact me to book an information session. I can help you feel and look your best this winter!