The arrival of cold air and harsh winter winds can bring rough, dry, and itchy skin. Here are 8 tips to keep your skin hydrated and looking its best.
Eat More Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Fish oil, which is derived from fatty fish like anchovies, mackerel and salmon, is one of the most popular dietary supplements in the world. Its health benefits primarily come from two types of omega-3 fatty acids that provide most of its health benefits.
Everyone has heard of fish oil but a lesser-known supplement has emerged as krill oil supplements. Krill oil is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids and some people even claim that krill oil offers more benefits than fish oil. Krill oil is derived from tiny crustaceans called Antarctic krill. These sea creatures are a dietary staple for many animals, including whales, seals, penguins and other birds.
Take 100% pure Antarctic krill oil as the anti-oxidant potency of krill oil is 48 times higher than fish oil. Eating foods with omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, chia seeds, spinach and kidney beans helps support your skin’s structure, thereby reducing the appearance of fine lines.
Say No to Hot Water
Hot water dries your skin when the weather is already doing the job. Instead, take a luke-warm shower or bath. Then lock in moisture by using an organic moisturizer or coconut oil while your skin is slightly damp.
Dry Brush Your Body
Dry brushing is the most effective way to exfoliate dead skin cells. Always brush toward your heart, which is best for circulation and assists in eliminating toxins through your lymphatic system. Start at your feet and work your way up to your legs, buttocks, stomach, chest, back, and finally your arms.
Use a dry brush (Amazon) with natural bristles, like boar bristles.
For extremely dry skin use products, like non-greasy coconut oil for the body, avocado oil or shea butter. Please choose organic products so your body doesn’t have to work hard to eliminate the toxins you place on your skin.
Your skin is the largest organ of your body and since it is porous, it absorbs whatever you put on it.
Reduce Alcohol and Caffeine
Certain drinks can dehydrate your body and skin, causing the dry flaky patches you’re trying to eliminate. Two of the biggest culprits are alcoholic and caffeinated beverages, such as soda, coffee, and beer. They cause dry skin because they’re known diuretics, which cause frequent urination and deplete your body of much-needed water and nutrients.
Hydrate Your Skin With Food
Water is one of the simplest hydrating drinks but many foods combat dry skin as well. These Most Hydrating Foods can act as a dry skin remedy to keep your skin soft, supple, and hydrated.
Eat More Seeds
Chia: Chia is a hydrophilic seed, which means it can absorb large quantities of water. This essentially produces a mucilaginous gel-like coating around the seed which can be very hydrating to the body when consumed.
Flax Seeds: Researchers discovered that women who consumed half a teaspoon of omega-3-rich flaxseed oil a day increased skin hydration by 39 percent after 12 weeks. Their skin also felt significantly less rough and was less sensitive.
Apply a Hydrating Mask
Apply a DIY winter hydrating mask once a week during the dry winter season. Try this recipe.
- ½ Banana, smashed
- 3 tsp. of raw honey
- 3 tsp. of sour cream or yogurt (with fat!)
- Blend ingredients
- Apply to face
- Let sit for 15 minutes
- Rinse with cool water
Keeping hydrated is crucial for health and well-being. With these helpful and tips and recipes you can easily combat dry skin and keep your skin hydrated through the winter season.
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