Winter brings lots of things. Cold weather, snow, sleet, treacherous driving and layers upon layers of clothing. It can also zap our skin of moisture and softness leaving us feeling dried up and as leathery as an elephant if we don't keep on top of a good daily moisturizing routine. But achieving glowing winter skin takes a little more than just slathering a layer of moisturizer on once or twice a day. As with all aspects of happy, healthy skin, glowing winter skin comes from within.
I have always had a tendency towards dry skin thanks to my ongoing battle with Hashimoto's Disease and, for as long as I can remember, as soon as the cool days of Fall were swapped out for the frigid days of winter, it seemed that any remnants of moisture I did have in my skin were sucked away. However, as I changed my diet, incorporated the right nutrients to nourish and support my skin and cleaned up my skincare routine, I noticed that my dry, scaly and itchy skin became a piece of my past.
Dry skin is common during the harsh and cold winter months that we experience here in Canada. Some may experience some minor dryness with some flakiness and itching, while others can experience more uncomfortable symptoms such as chapping and cracking which can be quite painful. Dry winter skin is most common on areas of the body that are exposed to the elements such as the face and hands, but it can also be a whole body problem (as it was with me).
Our skin is our largest organ and is a reflection of what is going on inside our body. A balance of oil and moisture is critical for healthy, attractive skin. Oil is secreted by the sebaceous glands and this lubricates the surface of the skin. Moisture is the water present inside the cells of the skin, and comes to the skin cells via the bloodstream. It is this water in the skin cells that keeps them plumped up, healthy and youthful looking. This oil and moisture work together ~ there must be enough moisture in the cells but there also must be the right amount of oil to act as a shield, preventing excessive evaporation of moisture from the top layers of the skin. This balance of oil and moisture can be thrown off by poor diet, environmental factors which not only include the harsh outdoor elements but also chemicals from personal care products and cosmetics and excessive bathing with harsh soaps. Nutritional deficiencies, especially deficiencies of Vitamin A and the B vitamins can also upset the balance.
Bye Bye Elephant Skin, Hello Winter Glow
Having soft, supple and glowing skin in the winter months happens when we care for our skin from both the inside through diet and from the outside through our daily skin care routine. Tackling troubled skin by simply applying a moisturizer won't be enough, especially here in the Great White North.
Nutrition Guidelines for Glowing Winter Skin:
Treat Your Skin With Tender Loving Care
Diet is critical to glowing skin but we also must show it some love from the surface, especially during these cold and blustery winter months when we're feeling a little more elephant-ish than normal. :
Garden City Essentials
Derma E Skin Care
Dry winter skin doesn't have to be a nuisance. By ensuring our bodies are supplied with the right nutrients and the right topical treatments, we can have blissfully soft, supple and glowing skin all year long.
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Jill Taylor is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist based in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. She is the mom of two pretty awesome teenagers, s very dramatic dog, a hedgehog and a snake (yikes!). Jill assists her clients in achieving true wellness through thoughtful and compassionate dietary and lifestyle coaching. Feel free to visit the "Contact" page to get in touch. Jill would love to hear from you!