Winter Skin Care

5 Tips to Help Bring Back the Moisture to Your Skin

Dr. Mallory Harris, ND

  • Invest in a humidifier

    • Not only is our skin getting exposed to low humidity from cold air outdoors, but it is getting exposed from our furnace use indoors.
    • The use of a humidifier can help prevent your skin from drying out by adding much needed moisture in the air.
  • Hydrate

    • If you are dehydrated, your skin will be too!
    • Try to consume 2 L of water per day-that equals out to 8 cups of water.
    • Coffee, black tea and green tea count as a minus one!
    • Motivate yourself by infusing your water with something tasty & nutritious like cucumber, mint and lemon/lime.
  • Eat Omega’s

    • Essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6 play an important role in building healthy cell membranes including our skins outer lipid layer.
    • They are called essential because it is essential we get them from our diet, we cannot make them ourselves.
    • Increase your consumption of the following foods for softer, smoother skin: fish, chia, flax, hemp, oats, avocado, nuts, olive oil, coconut oil, sunflower seeds, spirulina.
  • Read your labels

    • Avoid the following drying/ irritating agents in your skin care products: alcohol, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, lye, synthetic dyes & fragrance.
    • Look for skin care products with the following hydrating/ healing agents: aloe, tocopherols (vitamin E), chamomile, calendula, rose hip oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, castor oil, zinc.
  • Exfoliate and Moisturize

    • Often times, you can use what you have around the house!
    • Exfoliate and moisturize at the same time with a combination of sugar, olive oil and ground oats or ground coffee beans and coconut oil.
    • Sugar and ground coffee beans are too harsh for the face-instead, make a DIY face mask using coconut oil, honey & ground oats.

Common Skin Complaints & Gut Health

Read my blog on the importance of gut health when it comes to common inflammatory skin complaints such as acne, eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.

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