We feel cold, but we don’t mind it, because we will not come to harm. And if we wrapped up against the cold, we wouldn’t feel other things, like the bright tingle of the stars, or the music of the Aurora, or best of all the silky feeling of moonlight on our skin. It’s worth being cold for that. ~Philip Pullman, Northern Lights
Winter is a beautiful time of year. Unfortunately my skin doesn’t have the same attitude about the cold temperatures and biting wind. The constant fluctuation between the cold outdoors and the dry, warm heat of the indoors deals havoc on our skin. To combat these conditions we have 3 ways to feed, heal and deeply nourish the skin.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
“Dehydration makes your skin look more dry and wrinkled, which can be improved with proper hydration” –Kenneth Ellner, Dermatologist, WebMD
Water is essential for your complexion and your health, make sure you are getting the recommended 5-8 glasses per day. Remember, alcohol depletes the water in your body, so if you imbibe this holiday season, drink even more water!
Lipids perform by locking natural moisture into the skin. Lipids work best when applied soon after soaking, bathing, or showering. At this time, your skin will retain some of the moisture from the water, and a lipid-based moisturizer will provide a barrier to excessive moisture loss.
Areas of the body should be treated differently, the thin, sensitive skin around your eyes is not the same as your legs because of tissue and fat layers that lie underneath. Get specialized nourishing products to really focus on your problem areas. Our favorite for the eyes and face are found here. A great recommendation for the body is this one.
Starting from the inside, out we need to provide our bodies with vitamins that will amp our skin’s ability to renew itself with protective antioxidant vitamins, and restore moisture for fewer fine lines or damaged skin. Omega 3’s, Avocado oils and Vitamin C infuse needed nutrients into the skin allowing for radiant, glowing skin all winter long. 2-3 times a week boost the health of your skin with a night-time treatment of RAO essential oil that will help to restore much needed hydration to the skin.