Winter Skin Care

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The bad news: Winter is really tough on skin.

The good news: You can take advantage of all this inside-time hunkered down to pamper your skin and give it a healthy and youthful glow.  We teamed with our resident expert to develop some useful tips to follow to look your best.

Treatments Manager, Amanda Clabaugh, has an amazing collection of at-home spa treatments from healing ingredients found right in your own pantry.

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Rosemary Citrus Body Polish

ROSEMARY CITRUS BODY POLISH
½ cup fine sea salt
¼ cup oil of choice (sweet almond, grape seed, olive, coconut)
½ teaspoon lemon zest
½ teaspoon orange zest
½ teaspoon dried, ground rosemary

Mix all ingredients together and apply to clean skin. Rinse with warm water.

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Orange Spice Foot Mask II

ORANGE SPICE FOOT MASK
1/2 cup whole oats
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 tablespoons warm water
1 teaspoon oil of choice
1 tablespoon honey
½ fresh ginger, peeled and grated
¼ cup orange juice

Mix all ingredients and apply to feet.  Leave on for 10 minutes to gently soften and warm feet.

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Here is a list of seasonal foods that are great to incorporate into your diet (many happen to be useful both inside and out):

Ancient Grains, Avocado, Bananas, Chestnuts, Clementines, Cranberries, Ginseng, Grapes, Grapefruits, Kiwi, Kumquat, Legumes, Oranges, Passion Fruit, Pears, Persimmons, Pomegranates, Pummelo, Radishes, Rhubarb, Squash (Winter), Sweet Potatoes, Tangelo, Tangerines

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Dry air, harsh artificial heat and unforgiving winter wind can deplete moisture from the skin causing irritation, cracking, and chapping.

  • Use a home humidifier to help replenish the moisture in the air around you.
  • Drink more water, and then some.
  • Protect your skin from sun damage- use at least a 15 SPF sunscreen and reapply throughout the day.
  • Incorporate a Winter-friendly skin-care regimen- Cut back on sloughing products like alpha-hydroxy acids (can cause further irritation), exfoliate regularly (especially lips and feet), and dry brush to increase blood flow and remove dead skin cells.  Additionally, use a light moisturizer regularly so as to not clog skin.  Apply moisturizer while skin is still moist after a shower/bath and reapply again during the day on hands and face.
  • Resist taking a long, hot shower. As enticing as a steamy shower sounds, it can strip the skin of natural moisturizing lipids that are especially important during the winter months.
  • Exercise regularly and make sure to incorporate a cardio routine to help increase the blood flow throughout the body.
  • Increase your intake of Omega-3’s to help nourish and moisturize the skin from the inside. Foods like Salmon, Flax/Chia/Hemp Seeds, Spinach, Kale, and Brussel Sprouts are all great skin nourishers.