Skip a trip to the beauty counter because you already have what you need right at home for healthy skin! Want to make your own chemical-free DIY exfoliators, masks, cleansers and toners? Then we have the best recipes for you. All types of weather can be rough and tough on the skin in different ways. If you find yourself using hand sanitizers often, that’s also a reason behind drying your hands. Exposure to extreme temperatures and certain elements can make skin feel dry, flaky, itchy and overall dull.
Did you know dehydration is a bigger risk in cold weather? Heat makes us feel thirsty, so we’re more inclined to drink. Cold weather is sneaky because we lose heat and moisture in our bodies without realizing it. Stay hydrated by drinking at least 64oz of fluid a day. The best sources of hydration are:
- Low to No Caffeine Tea
Be wary of caffeine, alcohol, salty and sugary beverages, which can also cause dehydration.
BEST FOODS FOR YOUR SKIN
There are plenty of foods you can eat for healthy skin, but did you know many are also good when applied to your skin?
Take a look at your facial cleansers and there’s a good chance that the ingredients contain milk. The vitamins, minerals, protein and fats found in full-fat milk can help keep skin moisturized while rejuvenating, repairing and soothing skin. Lactic acid found in milk is an alpha-hydroxy acid, which helps exfoliate dead skin for youthful and glowing appearance.
Raw honey is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, making it great to fight acne and scaly skin. It’s also a natural exfoliator to help strip away dead skin cells. Honey draws moisture into the skin because it’s a natural humectant.
Oats contain saponins to help gently exfoliate dead skin without intense scrubbing. They are also anti-inflammatory, making oats great for itchy, scaly and irritated skin. Starches and beta-glucans in oats soak up water to attract and trap moisture on skin, making it extra soft.
Ground coffee not only makes an excellent exfoliator, but also tightens and energizes dull winter skin to make it glow. While drinking too much caffeine can be dehydrating, coffee can help tighten skin and promote blood circulation when used topically.
Cucumbers are loaded with antioxidants like Vitamins A and C to help repair damaged skin cells. They are also very cooling, which feels great on irritated skin.
This green fruit is loaded with healthy fats that protect, nourish and soften skin. Vitamins E and C in avocados are powerful antioxidants that protect and replenish skin cells, while lutein maintains skin integrity.
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TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR SKIN
The first line of skin defense is limiting exposure to harmful elements that can zap moisture:
- Avoid long contact with hot water from showers or hand washing
- Be careful using soaps or cleansers that contain alcohols or perfumes
- Keep exposed skin covered outdoors with gloves, scarves and hats
- Use a moisturizer before going outside and after washing with hot water
- Use a humidifier if the thermostat will be turned up indoors
- Get a good night’s sleep to help the body repair itself