Eco & Earth's Guide To Healthy Winter Skincare
Cold winter weather can be harsh on your skin but even if you live in a gentle climate, shorter days and more time indoors can take its toll on your epidermis. To help you care for your skin in inclement weather, here is our guide to healthy winter skin!
7 Common Myths About Winter Skincare
Before we get into maintaining healthy winter skin, there are a lot of myths about the impact of cold weather on your skin, your body's largest organ. Here are some of the most common misconceptions:1. The winter sun can’t damage my skin.
The truth is that UV rays from sunlight can always be harmful to your skin. In snow, rain, or shine, you should be aware of how much of your skin is exposed to the sun. Sunscreens may provide protection but can also contain harmful ingredients.
Be sure to use sun care that is safe for the environment and your body. Otherwise, cover up to protect your skin from the sun.
2. Lip balm always protects your lips from winter chapping.
A good quality lip balm can be protective. However, many are loaded with chemicals that not only dry your lips but are harmful to your health. Scented lip balms may even have undisclosed ingredients. Learn more about the dangers of added fragrances.
Instead, use a lip balm with clean and fully disclosed ingredients!
3. Hot baths are good for your skin.
Many people believe that soaking in a hot bath is good for your skin. In reality, hot water, in either a tub or shower, can dry your skin out. We recommend you limit baths and showers to 15 minutes. Check out more tips for taking a safe and effective detox bath.
4. Your skin is better protected indoors than out.When you are indoors, the quality of your air can impact your skin’s health and that depends on several factors. How do you heat your home? Is it well-ventilated? Do you have an air purifier? Do you chemical-laden air fresheners?
Even when it’s cold outside, open your windows regularly if only for a few minutes to ventilate your home. You can use either an air purifier or plants to clean your air in the winter.
5. Rosy cheeks are a perk of cold weather
While this sort of “natural” check coloring seems fine, red skin is your body’s way of warning you that something is wrong, like dry skin, a rash, or allergies. It might also indicate over-exertion like exercising in cold temperatures. Heed the warning and relieve your skin.
6. Covering your face in winter weather always protects your skin.
With the frequency of mask-wearing today, this is not always true. Your skin needs to breathe, and bacteria can swiftly build up on masks and other items, like scarfs, to irritate your face or causing “maskne.” And, if you are using detergent or soap loaded with harmful chemicals, these fabrics can also expose your skin to toxins.
7. You can stop shaving your legs and keep your routine the same.
Shaving your legs regularly helps to exfoliate your skin. If you give up it up for the winter, be sure to exfoliate your legs so they don’t become dry. Otherwise, returning to shaving may chafe your skin!
Now that we’ve cleared some of the top myths out of the way, let’s talk about how we can preserve healthy skin through the winter.
Healthy Skin Starts Inside
Beautiful, glowing skin starts inside your body. Maintaining good health can help keep your skin radiant all year long!
Eat The Best Foods For Your Skin
Did you know that what you eat could harm your skin? Experts claim that certain foods can lead to acne, collagen depletion, puffiness, skin dehydration, blocked pores, and/or dehydration. They include alcohol, sugar, trans fats, deep-fried foods, coffee, excess sodium, and milk or milk products that contain hormones.
Instead, eat a diet rich in skin-boosting nutrients, such as berries, leafy greens, turmeric, citrus fruits, and green tea. Foods that contain essential fatty acids, like salmon and avocado, also help to keep help your skin hydrated and even.
Maintain A Healthy Gut
Since food affects your skin, it should come as no surprise that there is a link between gut health and skin health. Gastrointestinal problems may be connected to skin problems. Studies show a link between small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and rosacea, and inflammatory bowel disease and skin diseases.
Additionally, probiotics have been found to improve dermatitis, eczema, and even acne. We recommend finding an expert in gut health to help you select the best pre- and probiotic formulas for your body.
The Best Vitamins For Good Skin Health
According to the Linus Pauling Institute Micronutrient Information Center, certain supplements directly benefit your skin.
- Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant for your skin and helps fight oxidative stress, which can lead to aging and wrinkling. Supplementing vitamin C may help prevent damage from UV rays.
- Vitamin E should be taken along with C, for the fullest antioxidant benefits. You can also use vitamin E topically for added UV protection.
- Vitamin A can be beneficial on the skin when used over time to smooth lines and wrinkles. However, the form of vitamin A added to many high-end skincare lines and sunscreens can be toxic, including retinyl palmitate and retinoic acid, both of which where shown to increase the development of tumors and cancers in lab studies. We recommend you avoid products with these ingredients.
Get Proper Hydration
We tend to drink less water in the winter so it’s important to keep hydrated. While there is mixed information on whether drinking water directly benefits your skin, we know that proper hydration is helpful for all sorts of bodily processes, including clearing out toxic elements.
However, the water from your tap and certain brands of water may contain chemicals that are harmful. Stay safe by drinking filtered water, avoiding plastic bottles, and knowing the source of bottled water you purchase. And be sure to bring water with you whenever you exercise or exert yourself in cold weather.
Protecting The Outside of Your Skin From Winter
You should be careful about what goes on your skin and choose products that are free from chemicals that can damage skin cells and your overall health.
Maintain Your Skincare Regimen
Don’t neglect your skincare in winter. Choose skincare products that are nourishing yet gentle. You may want to use a slightly stronger moisturizer, especially if you find red skin, dry patches, or other hints of winter weather damage on your skin. And be sure to moisturize your whole body, not just your face!
One simple and healthy solution for your skin is shea butter, which is a healthy fat derived from nuts of the shea tree. It has many benefits: anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, anti-aging, and soothing for irritated skin and dry patches. It may even help stretch marks. See our full line of shea butter moisturizers by Shimirose.
If you are looking for a moisturizer with a bit more power, we recommend Baume de Nuit Solid Night Balm. This balm is crafted with cocoa butter and apricot kernel oil and is designed to hydrate your face while you sleep. It’s also 98.9% organic, employs zero-waste packaging, and affordable!
For a multipurpose solution to winter skin woes - including chapped lips - try the Lavender Balm by Ontkorganix. It can be used on minor burns, itchy skin, and rashes and is safe and gentle on baby bottoms. It even works to remove eye makeup.
Masks, Scarves, and Other Fabrics
However you feel about masks, there are times that you might have to wear them if you don’t have another type of facial protection. And in the winter, you may be likely to throw a scarf around your face.
When fabric comes into contact with your face, it carries germs as well as particles from your laundry detergent. Keep your skin safe by using chemical-free products for laundering these items.
If you are using a fabric mask and have sensitive skin, it might be best to hand wash it with a plain soap bar that does not contain unnecessary ingredients or preservatives, then hang dry. Use a small spray bottle and add a few drops of lavender essential oil to colloidal silver and carry with you to disinfect your mask.
Keep your masks in a clean zippered bag when you’re out to protect them from bacteria from your bag, car, or other places. If possible, do not wear one mask for long periods. Instead, bring several with you to change off.
Winter skin doesn’t have to be a disaster. Keeping to your daily skincare regimen with cleaner products and maintaining skin-supporting health habits will keep you radiant and glowing all year long!