Every Winter, my usually combination skin gets SO dry. The cold air coupled with central heating plays havoc with my skin and it’s no fun.
The best way to combat dry skin is through your diet. I’ve said this many times before, but the skin really is a mirror reflection of what’s being put in your body (or isn’t!). I must confess, my diet hasn’t been the absolute best recently, and it really shows. I feel constantly dehydrated despite drinking loads of water. So, what is one to do?
1. Hydrate from the inside out This seems like a no-brainer but time and time again I see that most people aren’t sufficiently hydrated, signs of which include increased thirst, dry mouth, dry skin, dark coloured urine and headaches.
Water is always your best bet when it comes to meeting your body’s quota for fluid. Try and avoid tap water which is full of chemicals and hormones and opt for filtered water, or even better mineral water in glass bottles. If you find plain water a little bland, try adding a squeeze/slice of lemon, lime or orange for added zing or try my delicious infused water recipe.
Coconut water is as popular as ever and can help to hydrate due to its rich content of potassium, sodium and chloride. Be careful of drinking too much though as it does contain sugars.
Smoothies can be a great way of boosting your vitamin and fluid intake, however can contain a lot of sugar especially if using lots of fruit, and can therefore be quite acidic. Try adding water rich (and low sugar) vegetables such as cucumber, celery and iceberg lettuce for a super hydrating green smoothie. If adding fruit, watermelon, grapefruit, strawberries , kiwi and oranges are a good bet.
Hydration Drink And if you are still struggling my cheat drink would be to have a Complete Hydration sachet (this is also great for combatting a hangover !)
Foods: Even if you are drinking sufficient amounts of water you skin can still feel dry and dull. That’s why it’s so important to eat well too. As well as celery, cucumber and lettuce, other hydrating vegetables include courgette, green cabbage, cauliflower, aubergine, carrots, peppers and spinach (spinach is my personal go to for adding to smoothies) so consuming these on a regular basis can really help to hydrate the skin from the inside. In order to keep your skin supple and firm to need to consume sufficient
Vitamin C and Zinc to support collagen and elastin production.
Omega 3 fatty acids can also help to keep your skin supple and smooth, so increase your intake of salmon, mackerel, avocados and flaxseeds.
2. Avoid Toxins Winter skin is a lot more delicate, so be gentle with your skin care regime. Choose gentle cleansers and moisturisers designed for sensitive skin.
I recommend Arbonne’s Calm Range for the best results Dietary toxins can be found in processed foods, foods containing pesticides as well as artificial flavours and preservatives, sugar and soy. Stick to whole, unprocessed and organic foods wherever possible. Environmental toxins can also be found in cigarette smoke as well as pollution, both of which have drying effects on the skin.
3. Use masks I’m a big fan of masks. Quick and easy to use and they can really help provide added moisture. The one I use to get a quick injection of moisture is Intense Hydration – but you can always make your own too. Ingredients like avocado, almond oil, jojoba oil, yoghurt, honey, banana, oats and coconut oil are a great start. Mix together a few ingredients using an oil base, leave on for 30 minutes and wash off to leave your skin refreshed and hydrated.