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Beauty / Health and wellbeing | 15.07.2017

Winter Skin: 7 small tips that will make a big impact

Winter skin can be like a teenager.

If your skin’s anything like mine, it tends to wig out and be unpredictable, moody and angry, and it feels like there’s nothing you can do to calm it down or fix the problem. The air in winter literally sucks moisture out of your skin leaving you uncomfortable, tight and itchy.

I wrote a blog post recently about what happened when I went to the doctor and she mentioned I had rosacea. I didn’t believe her. It turns out I’ve had to eat my words – she was right!

Over the last few weeks, my skin has been the worst it's ever been in my life. I’ve also have an impaired dermal barrier. If your skin is slightly red and inflamed and breaking out in small pustules on the cheeks, forehead and nose, it could be a case of hormonal rosacea and just like a teenager, sometimes the best and only remedy is a bit of love and nurturing. 

As the owner and creator of a skincare company, I’ve been trying to make sense of this and look for positive solutions. It’s certainly helped me develop a greater sense of compassion for people who suffer from skin conditions. I am red faced to say the least! 

So, here are my recommendations and what I’ve been doing for my unhappy, dehydrated winter skin.

1. Pare everything right back to basics

You may need to eliminate some skincare products, cosmetics and fragrances to work out if they contain irritants and sensitisers. Eliminate any inflammation foods like sugar and processed grains from your diet as well. Add a good probiotic to balance out your gut microbiome. See your naturopathic practitioner for a suitable recommendation.

2. Hydration is key

For now, I have just been using the Ultimate Hydrating Collection - cleanser, toner and moisturiser in the morning and the same at night, although replacing the moisturiser with the Antioxidant Facial Oil after cleansing and toning in the evening. For additional moisture and layering, you can't go past the Marigold Hydrating Creme. If your skin is super inflamed and irritated then this is your go to product. I’ve had to cut out all my favourite serums bar the Age Defiance Eye Serum.

3. UP the oils internally 

Flaxseed 2 tablespoons a day.
Evening Primrose – 4 caps a day.
Fish oils – 3 servings a week of high omega fish. Choose certified organic farmed salmon or the daily catch if you live by the sea.
Nuts – Contain all your necessary omega’s 3 and 6. 

4. Chicken soup for the soul 

Pull out the pressure cooker and throw in some organic root veggies. Sweet potatoes, carrot, spinach, celery and kale all contain skin food vitamin A. Soup is a simple and effective remedy for warding off the flu as well. Omit the chicken if you’re vegan. After a recent visit to my naturopath, I discovered that I really needed to increase my saturated fats to balance out my hormones. This means I’ve started to eat some meat in the form of fish and chicken and have butter in my bulletproof coffee

5. Vitamin proof yourself

As well as vitamin A, up your vitamin D intake – If you’re south of the equator then you will need supplementation. UVB rays are your friends for producing vitamin D and you won’t be getting any this time of the year. Oily fish, cod liver oil, eggs and mushrooms are great sources of D.

Vitamin C is always your companion, especially in the winter months. It's essential for the skin and helps to protect against damage from free radicals found in the environment. It assists with the formation and synthesis of collagen which keeps your skin firm and plump. Citrus fruit, dark green leafy vegetables, berries, capsicum and tomatoes are great food sources. Add the Vital C Elixir to your skincare regime.

6. water water water

Internally, stay hydrated and make sure you are still getting your 2 litres of water a day. Swap out too many coffees for herbal tea. Or check out my winter warming beverages. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice to alkalise your gut or if you’re finding it tedious to drink water.

7. Create the right environment

The addition of plants and a humidifier to your work place or home can help add moisture to the air and filter stale air.

Does your skin act up in winter too? Share your woes (and remedies) with us and you'll go into our bi-monthly draw to win $150 worth of Mukti Organics products or you could win an ultimate hydrating collection.

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