This time of year can be rough on skin with harsh weather, air conditioning, and heating leading skin to appear dry, dull and prone to breakouts, or flakiness. You may want to reach for richer moisturisers, oils, and serums for a beauty boost to avoid winter skin, but don’t forget what is going on inside. Glowing healthy skin starts from within, and diet and lifestyle are important to support this. Older skin cells are constantly shed and replaced by younger ones and a steady supply of key nutrients is essential to support this rapid growth. It’s important to feed the skin the vital nutrients it needs to stay healthy, as well as incorporating lifestyle changes which can optimise your skin health.
Here are our top winter skin care tips:
- Hydration: Tea, coffee and alcohol do not count sadly! Even mild dehydration will lead to skin looking dry and dull. Ensure you are drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated, this will help to plump up the skin and support collagen production, as well as flushing toxins out of the body.
- Exercise: Keep active through the winter. Those who regularly exercise have been shown to have better collagen production, and increasing your heart rate and blood flow helps to deliver more oxygen and vitamins to the skin cells, as well as flushing out any cellular debris.
- Collagen Powder: Collagen supplements can help skin to look soft and supple. Research shows collagen helps to improve skin appearance, decreasing lines and wrinkles, dryness, and scaling. It can also help to lock in moisture, a study found it helped to improve skin elasticity and hydration, which is vital at this time of year.
- Antioxidants: Antioxidants protect and defend the body from damage, they support our skin by countering unhealthy cell damage. Pack your diet with colourful fruits and veggies that contain powerful antioxidants to help protect your skin. Vitamin C rich foods like berries, sweet potato, greens, and more promote radiant skin and help the healing and repair of skin, it’s also vital to help our bodies produce collagen. Vitamin E rich foods including almonds, avocado, and hazelnuts are also beauty essentials.
- Healthy Fats : Essential fatty acids act as a natural moisturiser for your skin, keeping it supple and improving elasticity and helping us to avoid winter skin. Find Omega 3 in oily fish, flaxseeds, walnuts, or a good quality supplement. Omega 3 encourages the production of anti-inflammatory compounds which may help with inflammatory skin conditions.
- Reduce Sugar: High sugar foods in the diet start a process called glycation where sugars attach to proteins and form advanced glycation end products (AGEs), these naturally build up in skin as we age, but the more sugar in the diet, the more we have. They cross-link with collagen and elastin, making the tissues weak or inflexible, leading to wrinkles and sagging.
- Turn the Heat Down: It can be tempting this time of year to bathe in boiling hot water or linger in hot showers, but very hot water can strip the skins natural oils and have a drying effect. Try to use lukewarm rather than scorching water to protect the skin.
- Rest: The less sleep you get the more likely you are to have under eye bags. Not getting enough shut eye leads to fluid pooling under the eyes, leading to puffiness.
- Stress Less: Chronic stress can cause many health issues, and can make skin more sensitive and trigger skin problems. Get enough sleep, do things you enjoy, and take time to relax.
Try and incorporate these winter skin care tips to help your skin look its best this season. For more support with winter skin try our Primal Goddess blend. We combine a good dose of collagen powder with hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, nutrients, and herbs which offer the skin extra protection to help you look, and feel your best.