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During the winter, many of us suffer from drier skin.
Against common belief, dry skin is never a sign of healthy skin. Factors
that make skin dryer and more sensitive during the winter include cold and
windy weather and central heating. The exposure to drastic temperature changes
will also affect the skin making it red and almost painful. As dry skin
flakes more than oily skin and this "produces" more dead skin cells,
those cells may actually clog pores and add to breakouts. In addition, since our skin and body
have a "self-protection mechanism," over drying your skin may lead to
the onset of sebum production and this of course will lead to more and more
frequent breakouts. Sufferers of eczema or acne
rosacea and rosacea may experience more intense symptoms in the dry and
Some people with normally clear skin
may even have problems with acne in the winter.
This is referred to as "seasonal acne." Regardless of the
skin type, acne problems are usually exacerbated during the winter.
Dry skin is never a sign of healthy skin. So how do we stop winter skin problems
before they even start?
During the winter, the air is full of loose dust and other
particles that can get stuck on your face and skin, especially when you've
applied moisturizer and skin creams - so cleaning your skin regularly is very
important. You should however avoid soaps and alcohol-based cleaners, toners or
astringents, all of which can strip vital oil from your skin. Instead, find a
fragrance-free cleansing milk or mild foaming cleanser, a toner with no alcohol
such as a chamomile
astringent and masks (see example below) that are deeply
hydrating, rather than clay-based masks, which tend to draw moisture out of the
face. In fact use masks a little less often during the cold months - never more
than every other day.
You can try some natural skin cleaning products such as plain milk, yogurt, and chickpea
powder to remove dirt and grease without drying out your skin.
Proper moisturizing is a crucial step in a winter skin care
routine. Cold and dry air together with the wind and central air heating
"sucks" the moisture from your skin causing the outer layer of your
skin to dry out and crack. Against
some popular belief, everyone, including those with oily, combination and
acne-prone skin, should use moisturizers on a daily basis all year round. What
changes is the type of moisturizer you should use. People
naturally inclined to dry skin should use creams and thicker moisturizing
formulas during the winter. People with oily, combination or acne-prone skin
should use lighter formulas, such as moisturizing gels and lotions that
moisturize the skin without clogging pores.
A vitamin E based moisturizer can help keep your skin soft, smooth and younger
looking. A good quality night cream will repair your skin as you sleep.
Cod liver oil is another great skin moisturizing agent. This oil is super
rich in DHA and omegas that nourish the skin, hair and nails. It's beneficial
in a number of other ways as well such as weight management and brain function.
Coconut oil may prove helpful to some with really dry skin too.
Nourishing your skin on a regular basis is crucial to
keeping your skin healthy and glowing. You can nourish your skin using natural
and readily available ingredients such as fruits and yogurt. Ripe papayas,
strawberries, grapes, and ripe mango may be blended with plain yogurt (organic
preferred) in a blender until smooth, then applied on the face. Keep it
on your face for about 20 minutes before rinsing it off with luke warm (NOT
hot) water. For the best
results, apply the fruit-yogurt mask at least once a week on your face.
Also, flaxseed oil is one of the best sources of plant-derived,
inflammation-fighting omega-3 fatty acids. Flaxseed oil reduces skin
sensitivity, roughness, and scaling of the skin. Moreover, it increases the hydration
of the skin. Eating foods and drinking beverages rich in vitamin C as well as
supplements lowers the risk of wrinkles, dryness, and thinning of the
Drinking at least 8 cups of water a day will also keep your
skin hydrated and prevent dryness of your skin.
Your skin is only as healthy as your body, so chose a diet
rich in the omega 3 family of healthy fats (salmon, sardines, anchovies,
sablefish and halibut). Additionally,
it is good to take a high-quality fish oil or krill capsule for supple, smooth
skin. Zinc is another great supplement for acne skin
because it helps to rejuvenate the skin and helps the skin to grow. If you suffer from acne, take 15mg of
zinc a day. Also add zinc-rich pumpkin seeds to your winter diet.
Vitamin A is especially helpful for acne, so try to drink a
glass of carrot juice a day, or at least every other day. You can also mix
carrot juice with cabbage, apple, and beetroot juice, all of which will benefit
your skin. Just remember, watch your sugar intake as well. There
foods with higher sugar content, so make sure you chose wisely.
Being inside more during the cold weather and post-holiday
over indulgence unfortunately can bring with it more unhealthy eating thus
putting stress on the skin - so if you're on AcnEase,
you may need to continue the regimen for a bit longer (in very regular doses to
keep acne free!). Additionally, if you've been stressed and tired, you
may want to increase your AcnEase regimen as these factors can increase the
production of hormones by the adrenal glands, which can exacerbate acne.
Remember, AcnEase is the ONLY product on the market that
actually not only treats acne but also PREVENTS new breakouts and it does this
without any harmful, drying chemical ingredients and without affecting your
The cucumber works as an astringent and moisturizer, and the
honey and oats nourish and revitalize. Cucumber also works as an exfoliator.
Please use organic ingredients when possible.
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