Five tips for healthy skin
The cooler weather can affect how your skin looks and feels so if your skin has been feeling a bit dry or irritated it could be a good time to adjust your skin care routine. The good news is there are quite a few simple changes you can make without breaking the bank.
1. Take shorter, cooler showers
Hot showers might feel like they’re washing your cares away but they’re actually having the opposite effect on your skin. Hot water strips your skin of the protective oil that helps it retain moisture so basically - the longer and hotter the shower - the more moisture your skin loses. Turn the temperature down and stick to shorter showers - your skin will thank you for it and you’ll save on water and electricity bills too.
2. Moisturise after your shower
Applying moisturiser while your skin is still damp helps lock in moisture and nourishes your skin far better than if you were applying it to dry skin - use a moisturiser with rich natural emollients like jojoba oil (listed on labels as Simmondsia Chinensis Oil).
3. Drink plenty of water and eat food that’s in season
Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and eating seasonal water-rich foods like nashi pears and blueberries, and also by incorporating more fresh vegies into your diet. Toxins entering your body via your food an also affect your skin so look for food that is organic or has had minimal spraying, wherever possible.
4. Avoid harsh products on your skin
Many soaps, cleansers and body washes contain chemicals to make them lather and foam, as well as antibacterial ingredients and preservatives that can irritate and potentially damage your skin including SLES, (Sodium Laureth Sulphate), CapB Parabens (methyl paraben, propyl paraben and ethyl paraben), Triclosan and synthetic dyes. Less is more; look for products that contain as few ingredients as possible, avoid the nasties mentioned above and if you’re extra sensitive or have allergies then you might want to try products that are fragrance free.
5. Eat healthy fats
Replenish your skin from the inside out by incorporating healthy oils into your diet. Coconut oil is great for cooking as it can withstand high temperatures, extra virgin olive oil is ideal for salad dressings and it’s a good idea to eat oily fish (sustainably caught sardines and tuna) or take fish oil or flax seed oil supplements.
The Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Pesticides in produce is here: http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary/
Commonsense Organics offer a great seasonal produce guide for New Zealand here: http://www.commonsenseorganics.co.nz/yk-files/52a071bf82026faaff1acde05f4bf7c6/Commonsense+Organics+Seasonal+Guide+.pdf