Winter is here and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon, at least for the folks north of the equator. But it’s not all bad, there’s lots of fun you can have ~ ice skating, skiing, tobogganing, and lots more activities among which a good snow-ball fight – a must every winter. The cold can be good, but not so good on what it does to your skin, overall complexion and health. Here’s a way to Live Better this winter with my winter survival health and beauty tips:
1. Increase your Vitamin D
Sunlight has its benefits. When you walk outside in the sunshine, vitamin D is produced within your body. Deficiency of Vitamin D is often a cause of depression. There are reports that women and men with vitamin D deficiency are 2 times and 1.6 times more likely to develop depression (source)
2. Eat more orange foods to get rid of dullness in skin tone.
Do you find your skin looks more dull and looses its vibrancy in the winter months? That is a very common problem for many.
3. Your skin prefers oil-based ‘ointments’ vs. water based creams in the winter
Find an ”ointment” moisturizer that’s oil-based, rather than water-based, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion.
(Hint: Many lotions labeled as “night creams” are oil-based.)
But choose your oils with care because not all oils are appropriate for the face. Instead, look for “nonclogging” oils, like avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil, or almond oil. Shea oil — or butter — is controversial, because it can clog facial pores. Olive oil is a little heavier on the skin, but it would still protect your skin and nurture it properly.
Coconut oil or butter is our favourite around here. It prevents dryness and is rich in antioxidants, and delays wrinkles, and sagging of skin which normally become prominent with age. And smells as though I just came back from the beach ;). But these remedies are not for everyone, try it on your skin once and see if it builds up too much moisture. Also, if your skin is too dry and you wash your face with strong soaps that remove your natural oils, you will find that you may get a bad reaction with a sudden change of routine. You could introduce just a small amount at first, and see how that works out for you.
Aside from natural oils, I do love the Suki line of face and body care lotions – I have my heart set on this Suki balancing day lotion with natural organic oils – I’ve tried it at my friend’s and it’s amazing!
So my friends, remember to take care of yourself and your family this winter. Be good to your body and skin!
I already applied some coconut oil on my face this morning and have been in the sunshine outside today (although probably not long enough, so I should have some cod liver for dinner I suppose! (which I don’t mind actually ;) and now I’m off to have a glass of Arthur’s Carrot Juice (thanks sister for the few bottles you’ve given us – you were the first inspiration for this post ;) xoxo
Live Better, is my new segment I will try to post on Wednesdays (and I’ll try to sandwich it between a cute craft and another fun post so I don’t become over-health conscious over here ;). I personally love health and beauty tips that are fun to know and learn about. I will focus on adding 3 tips under a theme of the week that will help you to live better, or even some random nutritional or health related facts. If you have something that you think my readers would find interesting, please email me and I’ll give you a shout out. xo
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