Eat essential fatty acids – Chia seeds, nuts, and of course, green vegetables all contain EFA's. Healthy fats are necessary for moisture retention in skin cells and anti-inflammatory benefits, to minimise the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dryness and damaged skin. Walnuts are another good choice as not only are they a healthy source of dietary fat, but contain melatonin (the sleep hormone), supporting a good night of beauty rest, critical for youthful skin.
Hydrate from the inside out – Your skin is a reflection of what is going on internally, and thus, dry and dehydrated skin can often indicate you simply need to drink more H20. Drinking first thing is crucial after a good nights sleep, to rehydrate our cells (tip: make a habit of starting the morning with a tall glass of warm lemon water). Carry a water bottle to ensure you are drinking throughout the day, and set hourly reminders on your phone to take a sip until it becomes second nature. If you prefer warmer drinks during the winter, don't worry, herbal teas most definitely count toward your liquid intake! As caffeine and alcohol are dehydrating, excessive consumption is best avoided when striving for a clear, dewy complexion.
Hydrate from the outside in – After a warm (not boiling) shower, pat skin dry and apply your face and body moisturiser. Dermatologists recommend this as the best time, as the product helps “seal” in some of the moisture from your shower. Keep your products near the shower and by the sink (for your hands), and apply generously each time you wash. Take it up a notch by applying pure rose water to your face just prior to moisturising – known for its cleansing, calming and hydrating actions.
Improve circulation – Dry Brushing is a fantastic way to keep your blood flowing and lymphatic system working. Blood flow is important in order to supply oxygen and nutrients to our organs and tissues, and promote cell growth and repair. lymphatic drainage can help keep your skin glowing and supple by eliminating toxins and maintaining adequate fluid levels. Ensure you dry brush prior to showering on dry skin, using light pressure, starting at your feet and always moving toward your heart.
Pamper yourself regularly – the harsher weather is the perfect excuse for frequent self-care rituals, so schedule them in your calendar weekly! I like to set a reminder to do an exfoliation and face mask Friday nights, but choose a day that works for you. If you feel like getting creative try a DIY mask utilising natural moisturising ingredients such as honey, lemon, avocado, bananas, papaya, oats, coconut milk, ACV, jojoba oil, cacao, rose water and aloe vera. Mix 2-4 ingredients together to create a paste, apply to skin for 10-30 minutes before rinsing with warm water to reveal beautiful, supple skin!
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