It's the middle of winter here in Chicago, we've just come out of a polar vortex which kept many of us inside for days. I actually don't mind being snuggled up inside all cozy for a few days during the winter.
I find it's a great time to stay inside and focus on some self-care for my skin. Self-care is taking time to give your body what it needs to be healthy on the inside and out.
With all the dry heat inside and brutal cold air outside; our skin needs some extra TLC to maintain its hydration. Here I share some of my clean beauty tips and tricks that I have been using to combat the typical dry face I struggle with all winter; instead keeping my skin and face hydrated and soft this winter.
1. Drinking celery juice every morning
It's been about 10 months now since I started drinking celery juice every morning after reading about the numerous benefits Anthony Williams "The Medical Medium" claims it has on calming inflammation (which can show up in the form of acne and other skin conditions). While there isn't any research or medical science to back his claims, there are many people who claim to have had tremendous success in healing their skin conditions through celery juice.
My personal experience has been that by drinking celery juice first thing every morning; my skin has become so much softer, hydrated and inflammation in the form of acne has decreased substantially. I can actually go without body lotion (which was a daily must before). My skin is also coping with the dryness of this winter better than it has any other winter!
I want to also note, that beyond drinking celery juice daily; a clean, healthy diet that is filled with fruits and veggies is vital to keeping skin hydrated and glowing all year round. Check out smoothies on the go for more inspiration on packing in more fruits and veggies into your daily diet.
I like to run a humidifier at night in my bedroom and in the living area of the house during the day, it's a great way to replenish some moisture into the air. Heat is naturally drying and our skin is our largest organ is vulnerable to the effects of the air we are living in. If you live in an environment where you are going between harsh cold air and dry heated air, it will take quite a toll on your skin. A good humidifier will help to increase the moisture in the air, helping to prevent or improve any drying effects the heat is having on your skin. Humidifiers have also been shown to have numerous health benefits, improving immunity against colds and viruses. I've been using these humidifiers by Vicks for about a decade. To keep the air you breathe as clean as possible, make sure you are cleaning your humidifier regularly.
3. Jojoba oil
Jojoba oil has literally been a "face-saver" for me. Years ago I discovered it when my dry face was suffering from severe winter dryness, the painful, flaky I can't get enough lotion on it dryness. Jojoba oil is very hydrating, anti-inflammatory, while also being non-comedogenic, meaning it won't clog pores. It also contains antioxidants which may help to soothe fine lines and wrinkles. Jojoba oil is a great moisturizer that can be used on the face and body. And best of all, it's relatively inexpensive.
4. Face lotion
Finding a good face lotion is key in allowing your inward beauty to radiate out. It isn't always an easy task finding a good face cream to combat a dry face, especially if you're looking for clean products (chemical free) that don't cost a fortune. I stumbled across this face lotion and have been using it now for well over a year. It's incredibly hydrating and organic and can be used day or night, created by master herbalist It is a rich cream, so a little goes a long way, a jar will last me months. Bonus- it has jojoba oil in it, along with several other natural oils.
5. Staying Hydrated
I know I often think of hot summer days and good sweaty workouts as the times I need to be paying attention to my hydration, but the dryness of winter makes it as important to keep hydrated in the winter as the summer.
Staying hydrated is another key to having great skin and minimizing dryness. Your skin needs you to drink tons of water. One rule of thumb I like to follow is drinking half your body weight in ounces. So a person weighing 140 lbs would aim to drink 70 oz of water a day.
If you're not a plain water kind of person, know that it doesn't have to be plain water. There are lots of options that are lots of healthy options and ways to drink water. My go-to drink is sparkling water, adding lemon or lime juice for flavor. You can make all sorts of fruit infused water. Herbal teas are another favorite of mine. In the winter I actually drink tons of tea and hot lemon water during these chilly days. My current favorites herbal teas right now are hibiscus and ginger lemon. Tea is so great because there are so many flavors to choose from. I often will carry tea bags with me in my purse too, especially when I travel.
Those are some of my favorite winter skin tips. What are yours? Comment below and let me know your secrets...
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