Take care of your skin this winter
It seems we are well and truly heading towards winter again! The clocks have changed, the nights are definitely drawing in and – confession time – my heating has gone on.
The office I work in also has heating and air-conditioning, and – like many others I’m sure – I find that this combination of factors leads to dry skin and chapped lips. The good news though, is that there is no need to suffer! There are plenty of lovely natural products which can help with dry, wintery skin.
1. LOOK AT IT FROM THE INSIDE
Skin is not moisturised purely from the outside: Much of the vital lubrication it needs is actually provided from within. This means that at this time of year, when we start to find our skin drying out, we need to look at essential fatty acid supplements. Essential fatty acids are so called because they are essential for the health and wellbeing of the body. The most important to look out for are an omega-6 fatty acid called GLA, and those all-important omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA.
Both omega-3 and omega-6 are important for looking after the health of the skin, so the best supplement to look out for is a complete Essential Fatty Acid (EFA). A good complete EFA product will contain a blend of:
• Fish oil – to provide the all-important EPA and DHA
• Starflower oil – for its GLA content
• Flax oil – which provides both omega-3 and omega-6.
Using these oils daily is something I advocate not just for myself throughout winter, but for all my clients and customers as well!
2. CONSIDER YOUR MOISTURISER
Everyone will have a favourite moisturiser, but I genuinely believe there is nothing better for your skin in winter than a good vitamin E oil.
Firstly, oils are easily absorbed by the skin; so rather than providing just surface moisture, they travel into the layers of the skin and provide deep moisturisation – which will improve the long-term look and feel of the skin.
Secondly, vitamin E is known to be an important antioxidant – helping to protect the cells against the damage associated with pollution, the sun and ageing. This is why so many facial preparations contain vitamin E.
Combining these two benefits in one lovely skin oil is just one of the reasons I advocate using a vitamin E oil on the skin every morning and evening. The other one? Well – it costs less than most expensive creams, out performs those expensive creams AND a bottle tends to last for ages!
Written by Jenny Logan DNMed (Jenny is a nutritional therapist who has worked with clients in health food stores and private clinics for over 20 years).