We expose our skin to a lot on a daily basis, probably without considering the impact it can have. As we are in the midst of a cold snap, Wholefoods nutritionist, Nicola Murphy, shares some tips to maintain healthy skin throughout the winter months.
Hydrate the skin: Central heating, heating in cars and buses, and the harsh cold air all contribute to dehydrated skin in winter months. Drinking plenty of water is vital to moisturise the skin from the inside and it helps to flush toxins away too. Sufferers of exceptionally dry skin may benefit from taking a supplement of Higher Nature Aeterna Gold Hyaluronic acid during the winter months. It is naturally found in the body as part of connective tissue. Hyaluronic acid holds up to 1,000 times its own weight in water, so is vital to retain moisture in the skin.
Good fats: These are essential and act as another internal moisturiser, preventing flaky, dry skin. Consuming oily fish, nuts, seeds, and avocados will all help to boost the intake of essential fatty acids. A daily dose of Eskimo Omega 3 fish oil with vitamin E will ensure that your skin is well moisturised.
Exercise: There is nothing like exercise. It acts to boost oxygen and blood flow to the skin, bringing important nutrients and removing toxins from skins cells. Working up a sweat will naturally remove toxins. Make sure you drink plenty of water afterwards. It is also important for active people to look after their iron levels. Spatone Apple is a 100 per cent natural iron supplement. Optimum iron levels result in high performance.
Grab your beauty sleep: While you sleep at night, your body repairs the cells in the body, including the skin. Skin cells can be damaged by stress, UV light, dust and pollution causing the skin to become dull, dry, and pallid. Lack of good sleep can also lead to dark circles under the eyes and sagging skin. Aim for seven to eight hours per night and reduce your caffeine intake so that it is not interfering with your sleep.
If you are struggling to fall asleep due to repetitive thoughts use A.Vogel Dormeasan or Rescue Remedy Night Spray. Dormeasan tincture contains valerian and hops. Taken just half an hour before bedtime, it can help if you have trouble sleeping, encouraging a more natural sleep and helping you to wake feeling refreshed.
Sunshine and fresh air: Sunshine, of course, will provide essential vitamin D and your skin needs oxygen as well to remain healthy. As there is not much sun in Ireland, you can supplement with Quest Vitamin D3-2500iu. Open doors and windows where possible and get out for walks during lunchtime and weekends. Central heating and air-conditioning are enemies of the skin. Placing bowls of water near radiators and gas fires can also prevent the air from drying out too much.