Six Tips on How to Keep Your Skin Healthy and Glowing in the winter months!
Winter can be a daunting month for many. While it brings the excitement of holidays and a new year, it also brings unpredictable weather, shorter days, and less sunshine. Due to drier weather and less Vitamin D from the sun, skin can become dull and dry. To keep your complexion glowing and healthy, follow our top tips to ensure your skin shines all winter long.
1. Focus on your diet.
Diet is the most important key to keeping skin healthy. Try incorporating fatty fish into your winter diet. Fatty fish- such as mackerel, salmon, and herring, are rich in Omega 3- great to keep skin moisturised and feeling firm and supple. Omega 3 also has the potential to reduce inflammation. As fatty fish have such a high Omega 3 content, having a few fish suppers in the winter can really improve skin health.
Avocados are a great source of Vitamin E, much like almonds, and are high in healthy fats. The fats and vitamins available naturally in avocados aid the skin’s flexibility and moisture.
Adding other vegetables to your diet, such as broccoli and bell peppers, are great sources of Vitamins C and A. Vitamin C is great for collagen production in the body, keeping skin firm and promoting cell renewal. Vitamin A can support the immune system and good vision so foods rich in Vitamins C and A are especially important during winter.
2. Getting enough Vitamin D
In the UK, Vitamin D deprivation is common. A survey had shown that 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 5 children in the UK suffer from low Vitamin D levels (Source: Patient). Therefore, it’s so important to keep Vitamin D levels at a regulated amount using supplements. Vitamin D supplements will be available from your local health shop but remember to visit a GP if you feel you need professional advice.
To keep your skin’s natural glow, remember to moisturise regularly. Try using both a night and day cream if you can- the day cream being lighter on your skin, and the night cream providing richer moisture overnight. Don’t forget to moisturise your whole body too- including dry patches such as knees, ankles, elbows, and the soles of your feet! These can become particularly dry during winter especially.
4. Massage Your Face to Improve Blood Flow
Facial massages can improve blood flow in the skin, delivering oxygen to the cells through even distribution and removing waste products that serve no purpose to overall skin health. Try massaging your face once a day for ten minutes with some of these techniques:
- Rub your temples in a circular motion.
- Massage your face upwards, from the neck up to your forehead. Use your palms and fingertips to massage the skin in upward motions.
- Use your index and middle fingers to press beneath your cheekbones. Slowly move your hands up your face to your temple using pressing motions.
5. Try A Homemade Face Mask
Homemade face masks can be a fun way to improve overall skin health from home. Try using superfruits proven to improve skin health, such as:
- Strawberries- strawberries can remove impurities from the skin, as well as tighten pores and give the skin a natural glow.
- Peaches- not only are they great in a smoothie, but they’re also great for your skin too! Peaches contain alpha hydroxy acids, which is a great natural moisturiser and can prevent wrinkles from developing.
- Banana- good for dry skin, with medicinal properties that can smooth and soften damaged skin too.
6. Hydration is Key
Don’t forget to drink 2 litres of water a day to keep your vital organs hydrated as well as your skin. Dehydration can cause itchy, dry skin, and potentially increase signs of ageing. Dehydration can also cause headaches, tiredness, a dry mouth, and light-headedness. All things to avoid! Keep a bottle of water always filled with you and don’t forget to take regular drink intervals.
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