Winter Skin – Time to Glow
Do you want glowing, vibrant and younger looking skin this winter?
The winter’s harsh cold winds and central heating can play havoc on our skin. As the temperature drops so too does the humidity, pulling moisture from our skin, leaving it dull, grey and dry.
However, it’s not just the environment that affects the sparkle in our skin but what’s on our plates! What we put into our mouths not just nourishes our bodies but also our skin. So let’s look at a few things that will have you glowing inside out!
- Free radicals from exhaust fumes, excess sunlight, smoking and processed foods result in a chemical reaction damaging our cells membranes causing aging and dull, lifeless skin.
Increase your antioxidant level to counteract free radical damage by consuming more fruit, especially berries, vegetables (all types and colours) and beans (kidney, pinto, black). These foods are super sources of skin loving vitamins C, E and Beta carotene.
- Essential fatty acids are responsible for healthy, plump cell membranes. They act as barriers to keep harmful things out and as passageways to transport nutrients in and waste out of our cells. The best-known essential fatty acids are omega 3 and omega 6, which must be in balance for good health (and good skin). Though we all seem to get enough of omega 6, many people lack omega 3s. Oily fish, walnuts, and flaxseed, chia seeds are among the best sources.
- Tea, coffee and alcohol all dehydrate the body, leaching moisture from your skin and slowing down the digestion process. What goes in must come out! We need plenty of water to aid this process and to keep our skin healthy and vibrant. We are inclined to drink less in winter so try warming herbal teas with ginger, cleansing lemon juice in warm water as well as fresh clean water.
- Cleansing and moisturising are imperative to glowing skin, but many skincare products contain harsh chemicals including petroleum and alcohol which further dry out the skin. Choose products with natural and nourishing ingredients and an oil-base rather than a water-base as it will moisturise more effectively. See here for some great products
Wendy Moxley graduated in Nutritional Therapy from the College of Naturopathic Medicine. CNM trains students for careers in a range of natural therapies, including Naturopathic Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture and Naturopathy. There are CNM colleges across Ireland, the UK, and in the US. www.naturopathy.ie