The last two weeks have been gloomy with a few extreme cold alerts. With the cold weather, your skin can become dry, itchy and uncomfortable, which is why hydration and moisturizing is a must for your daily skincare routine. When we experience dry skin, we often think of applying moisturizer, when in fact there are plenty of other ways we can keep our skin hydrated. Here are 5 natural ways to protect your skin from the cold and dry air:
1. Drink plenty of water
Regular water intake keeps the skin hydrated and helps the kidneys flush out waste products. The following rule-of-thumb, 1 ounce of water per kilogram of weight, is roughly the amount of water you should be consuming daily.
2. Add chia seeds to your smoothies
Add chia seeds to your smoothie or soak 1.5 tbsp of chia seed with 2 cups of water or coconut water. Let it sit for 10 minutes to allow the seeds to absorb the water. Soak chia seeds prior to consumption to ensure the seeds do not soak water internally from your body.
Chia seeds are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, with nearly five grams in a one-ounce serving. They help with hydration due to their ability to absorb up to 9-10 times their weight in water. Chia seeds also contain fibre, protein, calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, zinc, and many other nutrients.
3. Consume foods highest in Omega-3 fatty acids
People who don't get enough omega-3 fatty acids - found in herring, salmon, tuna, flax seed and walnuts - should consume foods high in Omega-3 or supplement with algae or fish oil.
"Fish oil contains two main types of omega-3 fatty acids: docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). DHA keeps the brain functioning properly. And EPA greatly benefits skin by regulating oil production to boost hydration and prevent acne, and by delaying the skins aging process to stave off wrinkles. A 2005 study in the Journal of Lipid Research discovered that EPA can help block the release of the UV-induced enzymes that eat away at our collagen, causing lines and sagging skin. Because EPA is both an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory agent, it can protect against sun damage and help repair it" (Doris Day, MD).
4. Moisturize with organic and toxic free moisturizer
Avoid conventional lotions and creams that contain alcohol and toxic ingredients. Consider using natural oils and creams that help heal and hydrate your skin. I would suggest using pure organic virgin coconut oil, which boosts skin hydration by locking in moisture. You can also check your local health store or the nearest Detox Market for clean beauty products.
5. Use a vaporizer or humidifier
In the winter, we turn up the heat in our homes which dries out the air and causes our skin's moisture to evaporate. To keep indoor air moisturized and prevent your skin from drying out, use a vaporizer or humidifier.
Happy Monday and stay hydrated!