Suffering from Dry Skin This Winter? These Tips Can Help
Dry skin is common in winter. Low humidity in the air causes skin to lose moisture rapidly, and wind, cold weather, and indoor heating can further irritate the skin, causing it to become dry, flaky, and itchy. You may find it necessary to change your skincare routine and even your diet during colder months. If you’re suffering from dry skin this winter, these tips can help.
Avoid Long, Hot Showers
It may be tempting to crank up the hot water during colder months, but hot showers can strip the skin of its natural oils and harm the skin’s natural barrier. Limit showers to ten minutes, and keep the temperature to around 84 degrees.
Choose Skincare Products Carefully
Avoid regular soap, which has an alkaline pH and can dry out the skin. Choose both facial cleansers and body washes that are pH balanced to match the skin’s naturally acidic surface.
If your skincare routine typically involves exfoliation or a scrubbing face wash, you may want to take a break from these products during the winter.
Apply moisturizer while your skin is still damp to help it absorb properly. As with your cleansers, you may need to change moisturizers during the winter months. An oil-based moisturizer will help create a protective layer on the skin that will retain more moisture. Choose moisturizers with natural ingredients, such as cocoa butter, olive oil, shea butter, or jojoba oil. Watch out for ingredients that can make dry skin worse, such as alcohol and fragrances.
Take a Good Look at Your Diet
Good skin care products and moisturizers will help to a point, but skin health starts on the inside. The health of your skin is a direct reflection of the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other nutrients you put into your body — along with how well your body actually absorbs and uses those nutrients.
Try limiting or eliminating foods that are bad for your skin. These include inflammatory foods, such as sugar, vegetable oils, fried foods, processed meats, and dairy products.
Increase your intake of foods that help fight inflammation, including berries, leafy greens, green tea, broccoli, turmeric, chia seeds, and healthy fats, especially omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fats are primarily found in fatty fish, as well as walnuts and flax seeds. If fish is not a regular part of your diet, consider taking an omega-3 supplement.
Eat foods that boost collagen. Collagen is important for the health of all connective tissues in the body and helps skin remain youthful and supple. Studies have shown that taking supplements consisting of collagen and essential vitamins and minerals resulted in better skin hydration and elasticity, as well as an improvement in the appearance of wrinkles.
Add Bone Broth to Your Diet
Bone broth is also particularly beneficial to the skin. Not only is it highly anti-inflammatory, but it’s also an excellent source of collagen and gelatin, which supports skin, hair, and nail growth.
The high gelatin content in bone broth can also help heal damage to the digestive tract, also known as leaky gut syndrome, which can prevent the absorption of important vitamins and minerals that improve skin health. Gelatin also contains high levels of the amino acids glycine and proline, which play a critical role in healing wounds and helping the body build collagen.
When choosing a bone broth, pay attention to ingredients and the cooking process. Many prepared broths are highly processed and high in MSG, preservatives, or other unhealthy additives. A lengthy cooking time is also necessary to extract the necessary minerals and collagen from the bones and connective tissue.
At Osso Good, we make bone broths and paleo soups with organic ingredients that are nutrient dense, gluten-free, Whole30 Approved, and Certified Paleo. We are very proud to make our own bone broth in small, controlled batches to ensure the quality is always consistent and the taste is always amazing.