6 Simple Tips for Glowing Skin in Winter

Growing up in Texas and having lived in Los Angeles for the past 10 years, the word “winter” doesn’t mean all that much to me.

However, my sister moved to Chicago a few years ago and after visiting her for a few winters at this point… wow – I have a newfound respect for those of you that have to deal with that kind of weather each year.

Regardless of where you’re living, these tips will help get your skin glowing year-round.

 

1) Drink More Water

 

It’s easy to forget the powerful effects water has on your skin. Here are three complexion benefits you’ll receive from proper hydration:

First, consuming enough water results in adequate blood circulation to your skin tissue, which results in your skin cells receiving the nourishment they need to function properly and look radiant. Second, proper hydration reduces inflammation, and has the effect of calming your skin and creating a more even tone. Third, your kidneys are one of your main detoxifying organs. Even mild dehydration prevents them from effectively purifying the blood, leaving your body and skin with beauty-sabotaging toxins.

Try to make drinking one big glass of water the first thing you do upon waking, and aim to drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day.

 

2) Increase Your Raw Food Intake

 

I know, cold food isn’t the first thing you might want to reach for when it’s snowing outside. But apart from intensified energy levels and improved mental clarity, upping your consumption of raw fruits and vegetables can have profound effects on your complexion. Think outside the carrot-sticks-and-celery-box and try snacking on raw bell pepper, zucchini, radishes or jicama.

 

3) Reduce Refined Sugars

 

Curbing your sugar consumption is a must. The mechanics behind this are pretty simple: you eat refined sugar, your pancreas secretes the hormone insulin to bring your blood sugar down, and bam – that insulin increases the production of inflammation in your skin.

 

Try cutting it out for a week and see if you notice a difference in your complexion. If your diet is currently heavy in refined sugar, having a piece of fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth may seem like an unrealistic solution at first – but after a week off of it, that peach will be ambrosia.

 

4) Get Plenty of Sleep

 

They don’t call it beauty rest for nothing. Inadequate sleep eventually shows up in your face through dark circles, fine lines and a lackluster complexion. For a better night’s sleep, darken your room as much as possible, keep it cool (the typical recommendation is between 65-72 degrees Fahrenheit), and avoid the bright light of television or computers an hour before bed.

 

5) Exfoliate & Moisturize

 

Nothing dries out your skin quite like cold weather. When the temperatures drop, incorporate a gentle exfoliation routine on a weekly basis (at least). You don’t have to head for the high-powered scrubs – using a baby washcloth in circular motions does a great job at sloughing off the dead skin.

 

6) Take an Epsom Salt Bath

 

Your face isn’t the only skin that’s taking abuse during the winter months.

Epsom salt is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfur (two minerals that are fantastic for detoxification by the way). It’s actually named after Epsom, England where it was discovered in the well water.

Pour in 1-2 cups of it in a tub of hot water, have a soak and you will come out with your skin feeling baby-soft. Take it up a notch by adding a few drops of soothing lavender essential oil in the tub as well.