How to Take Care of Skin in Winter Naturally
Winter can be harsh, especially on our skin, which tends to become drier and more sensitive this time of year. Give your skin a little more TLC this season. Take a peek at Kari’s Winter Skin Care Essentials, all meant to help your skin glow all season long.
HOW’S YOUR SKIN BARRIER?
This is the skin you present to the world. The skin barrier is science-speak for the outermost layer of your skin, which keeps moisture in and damaging elements (like bacteria and free radicals) out.
A healthy skin barrier is vital to keeping skin hydrated, plump, firm, and radiant. Support your skin barrier by using nourishing oils.
HYDRATION: IT’S AN INSIDE/OUTSIDE JOB
Keeping skin hydrated is just one of our winter skin care essentials. Try starting your day with a cup of warm water with a squeeze of lemon juice. Does a cup of hot herbal tea sound tempting when it’s chilly outside? Great, go ahead and have two. Our body is made up of over 50% water, but our body doesn’t store it. That’s why it’s important to replenish your body with water throughout the day.
HOW TO HELP YOUR THIRSTY SKIN
Another way to boost deep hydration is by eating foods high in water content, such as leafy greens, fruits, and vegetables. Eating an apple with a bottle of water hydrates more than two bottles of water! Fun fact: Drinking a plant-based smoothie will hydrate you far better than the same amount of bottled water.
Try making your own “Beauty water” by adding one of any of these to your water bottle:
1 tsp. pomegranate concentrate, 10 fresh or frozen berries, including goji berries, or ½-1” piece of ginger, diced. The extra ingredient brings more gel to your water, making it more hydrating.
Movement increases circulation, which aids in hydration. It can help improve your electrolyte levels and helps to get nutrients into your cells.
WHY ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS ARE, ACTUALLY, ESSENTIAL
Remember, what you put in your body ultimately will be reflected in how your skin looks.
As we age, it’s harder to maintain cellular hydration, but moisture loss can be checked with the help of botanical oils that are high in essential fatty acids (EFAs) as well as eating nutrient-dense foods.
We suggest you check out Jolene Hart’s book “Eat Pretty: Nutrition for Beauty Inside and Out.” It’s got great info on foods that are known for their ability to build collagen and elastin (which keep skin firm and supple), reduce inflammation, and protect against skin-damaging free radicals caused by UV exposure, air pollution, and everyday toxin buildup.
Steer clear of any product with denatured alcohol in it. Very hot water is no friend to skin, either, so turn down the temp. Also, it’s a good time to ease up on the exfoliation.
SPF, EVERY DAY
Winter brings grey skies, rain, and snow. No need for sunscreen now, right? Nice try. Damaging UVA rays are around us rain or shine, so it’s just as essential to apply your SPF in the a.m. as it is your moisturizer. It’s a winter skin care essential you may be neglecting.
THAT’S A WRAP
Try a little tenderness with a gentle cleanser. Our KG oil-based skin care system is naturally derived, organic, wild-harvested and non-GMO. Along with hydration, good nutrition, and maybe an extra pump of serum and tonic—your skin will be ready to combat the harsh realities of winter weather. Oh, and don’t forget the sunscreen.
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