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A Thick Skin

Q: All winter long, my skin has been dry and cracking. I never understood the term, “tired skin” until now. Any ideas for how I can waken my skin back up?

A: The cold and wind chill of winter takes a serious toll on our skin. The season’s low humidity strips your body of its natural moisture leaving it rough, dry, tight or cracked—sometimes even all of the above.

Lotion is an obvious must but, to give your skin even more hydration, swap your body lotion with coconut oil. Packed with anti-oxidants, coconut oil is a glorious addition to your beauty routine. This miracle oil can repair damaged hair, treat dandruff and even be used as shaving cream. As soon as you step out of the shower, take a small dollop (a little bit goes a long way) of coconut oil and lather it all over. This all-natural alternative to lotion will keep your skin soft and moisturized all day long.

Softer skin also comes from the inside, namely what food fuel your body is burning.  Commonly dubbed “the good fats”, foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids have been strongly linked to better overall skin conditions. Add omega-3 fatty acids to your diet by loading up on tuna, wild salmon, walnuts and flax seeds to fight wrinkles and balance dry or oily skin.

Water is also key to healthy skin. During the summer, sweat and the heat encourage you down water but, throughout the winter, we frequently neglect replenishing our fluids. Dehydration leaves your skin looking dry and wrinkled so up your water intake for the winter to help even your skin tone and refresh your skin’s appearance.

Small changes can also have a big impact on the state of your skin: shorten your time in the shower; when bathing, avoid using very hot water; swap out your body wash for a mild soap like Dove Winter Care Beauty Bar; bundle up and avoid exposing bare skin to the cold.

Combined, these tips and easy-to-make changes will leave your skin soft and ready for spring!