Winter Skincare Secrets
Tuesday 26 January 2016
Charlotte Clarke

Winter weather is one of the most difficult times for the health of the skin. Harsh cold winds combined with low humidity levels combined with indoor heating and hot showers, steal the moisture from the skin leaving it feeling sensitive, dry and looking dull.  

We asked Vidhi Patel, a qualified nutritionist and homeopath at Minerva Research Labs, to share some easy day-to-day tips that will give you glowing supple skin regardless of the weather:  

Drink water, even if you are not thirsty
We tend to drink less water in the winter because we turn to hot drinks like green tea, coffee, cocoa and tea, but don’t forget that your skin needs hydration from the inside in all climate conditions. A little warm water with a slice of lemon can be very refreshing and hydrating at the same time. This ritual can be done first thing in the morning as well as multiple times during the day. This will help your body reach an alkaline Ph which in turn helps to cleanse your skin from the inside out.  

Eat foods for the winter 
By eating the right foods suitable for the climate can actually help your skin stay hydrated from the inside out. Eating foods high in water content can help hydrate your skin. Try water rich fruits and vegetables like; pomegranate, grapes, papaya, passionfruit, watermelon, cantaloupe, apples, oranges, kiwi, celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and carrots. It’s also important to make sure you’re getting enough vitamin C and zinc to support the healthy production of collagen and elastin levels in body. Consider an omega-3 supplement, or consume more fish or flaxseed to give your skin the building blocks it needs to stay supple and smooth from within. Supplementing with PURE GOLD COLLAGEN® daily helps to care for the skin during winter as it has the perfect balance of stable Vitamin C and zinc that the skin needs during this weather.  

Check your water temperature and moisturise immediately
Hot showers and baths are always more comforting in the winters but they can be harsh on the skin as they tend to dry the skin out at a faster rate. Cleanse the skin instead with lukewarm water to avoid stripping the skin of its natural oils. Make sure you moisturise right after you wash to lock in any moisture. Applying moisture to damp skin helps seal that dampness/moisture into the skin. Keep a bottle near the bathtub, shower, and at every sink and use liberally every time you wash. This should become a habit rather than a luxury.  

Change your facial cleanser in winter
Try and use a cleanser containing Aloe Vera, natural fruit acids or Lemon. Aloe Vera has the power to restore as well as seal moisture within the skin layers and has potent healing properties too. It is an anti-oxidant that speeds up the process of cell-renewal by counter acting oxidative stress. Aloe Vera also helps in removing dead cells, thereby accelerating cell regeneration, repair and delays ageing process. 5. Sunscreen, not just for summer! - People like to enjoy the some sun during winter but little do they know that exposure to the sun can hasten ageing process. Therefore, one must use an organic superior quality sunscreen 15 minutes prior to going out. If you stay out in the sun for more than 30 minutes, reapply the sunscreen.

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