The transition from winter’s end to the time ahead of warmer, brighter days bring two concerns for us. On the health front, we try to avoid the season’s last threats of cold and flu and we assess the impact of the winter on our weight and mental health.
Our second priority is paying attention to our health and beauty for the season ahead with a focus on our skin. We want to counteract the winter blues and bring back the glow. In today’s post we look at what happens to our skin in the colder months and how to brighten it with extra layers of care and protection for the skin we are in.
Sometimes our skincare routines get sidetracked with survival habits. And when we step out on those colder cloudier days, we forget that skincare includes paying attention to our suncare. Skin Protector Plus (SPP) has you covered and so do these Moondust Cosmetics® care tips to combat sunburns, dryness and the impact of our environment.
Here’s what happens to your skin and what you can do to protect it the winter season.
Why Winter Skincare is a Must
We know that cold weather saps the moisture out of the air, and our body! Winter conditions can leave you feeling dehydrated. That can lead to itchy, dry and scaly skin and the dreaded chapped lips. All these put your skin at a risk and may leave your skin looking red, dry and feeling irritated.
3 Key ways to support your skin in winter
Prevent sunburn and damage even in the weaker rays of winter and on overcast days as your first line of care. Skin issues and sunburns can be irritated even by the UV that gets through the clouds. This means your skin may be at risk of skin cancer and the effect of premature aging. All the more reason to protect your skin against cold weather and the risks it brings.
Solutions for Winter Skincare – Natural Ingredients
SPP’s natural ingredients help to prevent sunburns and protect skin from sun exposure in any weather. The special formulation developed by Dr. Moondust, is gentle on the skin and on the environment.
It is easy to apply and to tote along for use near home, work or vacations – wherever exposure is a concern including settings with snow and its risky reflection.
Solutions for Skincare at Winter’s End – Supplements
Dr. Moondust has recommended Vitamin D supplements for general health and also important for winter skin health, since we get less sunlight in the winter. Skin may become problem prone without adequate levels of D. It may appear much more dry, flaky and chapped. Most health practitioners advise supplementation with up to 2,000 IU of D a day to maintain levels. Check with your health practitioner.
It may come as a surprise that even the modest mushroom in any of its many varieties is a source of vitamin D. It also has other important nutrients and antioxidants know to support immunity, healthy skin and other health areas in winter and year round.
Omega-3 is another winter skin dryness remedy. Taken daily by mouth as a supplement or in your food, these essential fatty acid nourishes and moisturizes from the inside out. It supports the skin’s defenses and so may help with flaky skin, acne, eczema and psoriasis.
Antioxidant-rich supplements like resveratrol can also help protect the skin against solar radiation, reduce inflammation and possibly help protect against skin cancer according to some clinical studies and research. Skincare and repair are the twin goals.
Solutions for Skincare at Winter’s End – Natural Ingredients
Moondust’s SPP has minerals and botanicals that are pleasant to use and to smell in keeping with the company seeking natural ingredients friendly to our body and the environment. The unique formulation also contributes to support health by calming inflammation as they add to the skin care routine. (Visit us on social next month to catch Dr. Moondust’s skincare routine).
In addition to the natural ingredients in SPP designed for human and environmental safety, Moondust Cosmetics recommends healthy food intake.
Cold weather and piling on food indulgences at holidays or special occasions may lead to a lackluster appearance to the skin and dryness. A diet that includes eating from the rainbow of fresh produce, quality whole foods and proteins can derail cravings and prevent dehydration from this stresses of sugar and temptation of alcohol.
Since these last two, sugar and alcohol, can dehydrate our bodies, our last tip on resisting the temptation makes great sense.
Solutions for Skincare at Winter’s End – Hydration- inner and outer
Do drink enough water to satisfy thirst and keep your body happy. This means good, clean water for the inside and moderate bathing, especially with water that is too hot, on the outside.
An indoor humidifier may also help to maintain moisture in the air during the cold, dry weeks inside. Heaters and furnaces going full blast deplete the moisture in the space you live and work in. This dry air can increase infections and reduce your immunity. An air humidifier protects not only your skin but keeps the respiratory tract from drying out, and can also keep transmission of colds and flus at bay!
Always protect your largest organ that works every moment to help you… use SPP in every season.
Next time, we ask Dr. Moondust, the scientist and cancer biologist who elucidated the human sunburn cycle and formulated SPP especially for its prevention in the sun-sensitive, about her skincare routine…
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