While winter can be a beautiful time of year with a change in season and the chance to layer up, it can also have an impact on the appearance and texture of our skin. Typically, as the cooler months arrive our skin can become dry and damaged, caused by the drop in temperature and increased exposure to artificial heating.
If you are starting to feel the effects of winter on your skin, it might be time to change up some of your everyday routines to help it adapt.
Here are some top tips to maintain your glow this winter.
One of the oldest yet most important tips is drinking enough water. Although it can be hard to keep track throughout the day, your skin must be receiving enough H20 to stay plump, hydrated, and glowy. If you spend a lot of time working at a desk, make it more desirable by purchasing a brightly coloured carafe & glass combo. Or if you struggle to remember at home, try filling up a bottle for each room you spend the most time in.
Not so into plain water? Make it fun by adding a twist of lemon, cucumber, or apple. If you are one to reduce your intake due to the cold, opt for room temperature or boil up that kettle and consume in herbal teas.
Nourish your body
While we can treat our skin from the outside, true overall skin health comes from within. Ensuring you have a balanced healthy diet helps to nourish your body from the inside out. Winter is a great time to introduce seasonal fruits and vegetables into your diet such as pumpkin, carrots, and sweet potato – All high in antioxidants and are the key to cell development and a healthy skin tone.
You may also choose to include a health & beauty supplement, such as the INTU WELLNESS Sleep & Skin Renewal*. This super powder contains ingredients such as Astaxanthin which is a potent antioxidant, 65 x stronger than vitamin C. This ingredient not only reduces the damage of free radicals but also increases skin elasticity and hydration. In addition, it contains zinc, biotin and vitamin C which supports healthy skin, hair and nails, and of course collagen which is a highly published favourite of the beauty industry.
Sleep as we know is necessary for our mood, mindset and of course the appearance of our skin – They don’t call it beauty sleep for no reason!
So, let’s talk about magnesium! A mineral that is widely known for helping improve sleep quality. Our bodies require it to function, as it is involved in hundreds of our biochemical reactions – It helps with energy production, repairing DNA and regulating our nervous system.
Our INTU WELLNESS Sleep & Skin Renewal* formula uses magnesium glycinate, a highly bioavailable and absorbable form. That paired with ingredients such as Lemon Balm and Passionflower, helps to deliver a deeper, more restful sleep while reducing stress and nervous tension. When we sleep, our body functions better and as a result, our skin will look fresher.
While hopping into a steaming hot shower after a cold day sounds great, this can often lead to an increase in dehydration on your face and body. Try having room temperature showers, keeping them short and sharp to minimise the time your skin has to dry out. If that is not for you, try rubbing jojoba oil on your skin before you jump in. This will help stop it from drying out while also giving it a little hit of moisture.
Using a hydrating oil post-shower such as coconut or almond oil while your body is still damp, allows your skin to soak up all its hydrating properties penetrating deep within the skin.
If your skin is feeling dry, don’t be afraid to add a hydrating face mask to your skincare routine. Research shows that hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. So keep your eyes peeled for masks that are rich in hyaluronic acid to help with that extra added boost of moisture.
Finally, slowing down and being intuitive to your beauty needs is an excellent way to help you learn to listen to your body and understand what it needs. Taking a moment out to reflect, relax, rest and reset can help us make better lifestyle and health choices. Only then, can we feel and look our best. We call it Intuitive Beauty.
*Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional. Supplements should not replace a balanced diet.