5 tips for healthy-looking skin all winter long
The cold, dry winter months are a good time to change your daily skin care regimen. The low humidity dries out skin, and without extra care, this might contribute to premature aging.
‘Winter is harsh on skin for many reasons,” says Dr. Shirley Madhère, a New York City plastic surgeon with a holistic practice. "We must contend with cold outdoor air, dry air from heaters indoors, friction from rough or irritating fabrics and windburn.”
Dr. Madhère offers these simple proactive steps to help maintain healthy, radiant skin during the chilliest months of the year.
• Stay hydrated. Water helps the body flush out toxins that leave skin looking dull. If you're craving hot coffee or tea on a chilly day, be sure to consume lots of water, too, as caffeine and alcohol deplete the body of water.
• Eat a balanced diet. Maintaining healthy, radiant skin starts from within. Consume fewer fats and carbohydrates and eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, which are natural antioxidants or anti-aging agents. Foods rich in vitamin C help fight free radicals that break down collagen, a process which causes wrinkles. Foods rich in antioxidants, such as pomegranates, are vital in maintaining healthy skin
• Soothe skin the natural way. When temperatures drop, consider switching out lighter facial lotions with a more moisturizing and therapeutic Calendula-based cream. The Calendula officinalis plant, or Garden marigold, has been used topically for generations to heal skin irritations.
• Stay active. Increased blood flow during exercise helps nourish skin cells. Sweating also helps flush toxins, helping skin look more radiant. Stay motivated by joining a gym or learning a winter sport. Just be sure to change out of clothes wet from snow or sweat to avoid itching, inflammation and cracking. Although nothing can replace exercise, massages can significantly help circulation, too.
• Don’t sweat the small stuff. If you're relaxed and happy on the inside, it will show on the outside. Manage stress this season with activities such as yoga, pilates and meditation.