Winter is rough on our skin. Low temperatures and moisture draws moisture from the skin’s surface, often resulting in a dullness or dry texture. As we move towards warmer months, many of us want to achieve that healthy glow-from-within look. Keep reading for some simple tips to liven up your skin and support a healthy, youthful glow.
Swap harsh skincare for gentle non-toxic options
Harsh washes and scrubs may be damaging your skin’s delicate barrier. Switch to a gentle, naturally-fragranced line to bring out your natural glow and soothe problematic areas. Clean skincare is created with nourishing ingredients like aloe vera, jojoba oil, and essential oils, all of which contribute to a smooth texture while protecting your skin from the environment. Whatever issues you look to control with your skincare, there’s a natural option available. Shop gentle skincare in store!
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- Support your skin through nutrition
Our skin is a window into problems or imbalances within the body. A diet high in sugar, sodium, and processed foods may contribute to acne or excessively oily skin. According to Healthline.com, consider incorporating these foods into your diet for healthy skin:
- Fatty fish: seafood such as salmon, mackerel, and herring are rich in omega 3 fatty acids, a necessity for supple, glowing skin. Omega 3 reduces redness and inflammation to reveal your healthy skin. These fish also contain zinc and vitamin E, both of which are important in reducing inflammation and protecting your skin’s barrier.
- Avocados: avocados are an excellent source of healthy fats, which works to keep your skin hydrated and flexible. They are also rich in vitamin E, known for reducing inflammation and protecting the skin from oxidative stress.
- Sweet potatoes: sweet potatoes are rich in beta carotene, which protects your skin from sun damage. Carrots, spinach, and cantaloupe are other great sources!
- Broccoli: broccoli contains zinc and vitamin C, with protect the skin from UV light and reduce inflammation.
Drink plenty of water
You may have noticed that when you feel dehydrated, your skin starts to feel tight and you lips become chapped. This is because your skin is lacking water. Water is important in keeping your skin supple and maintaining its elasticity. Drinking plenty of water may also help reduce scarring and slow the development of wrinkles. As a general rule, aim to drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day for healthy skin and body functions.
Apply sunscreen every day (yes, even in the winter!)
Sunscreen is said to slow down the aging of skin. Applying at least SPF30 before leaving the house protects the skin from harsh UV rays and supports healthy, youthful skin. It’s important to apply each day, even in the winter, to reduce the risk of skin cancer. We offer a variety of natural sunscreens in store from brands like Badger and Alba. Stop by the store to shop!
Finding ways to manage stress can improve the appearance of your skin. Some skin disorders like eczema, psoriasis, and even acne are known to flare up during periods of stress. Cope during stressful times through gentle exercise, meditation, or other mindfulness practices and you may be surprised by the glow that comes of it.