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Loving Your Winter Skin

Jan 31, 2013 10:36AM ● By Tanya Joy Brueckner

Well into the winter season, we can only hope that we have the complexion of Snow White, Princess Tiana, Princess Mulan, or even Pocahontas. Unfortunately, in this day and age the prevalence of synthetics in our products used on our skin and the pesticides or herbicides used on the crops that go into our produce is extreme. Things such as artificial colors, flavors and fragrances can wreak havoc on bodies. We are not biocompatible with these synthetics and often times the “anger” from them will come out of our biggest organ—the skin. Heat is also an issue, unless you use a radiator for heat, our heat sources can be very drying to the skin.

If you are not convinced yet that skin is permeable to environmental, topical, and food sources, think for a minute about the nicotine patch. This is a “sticker” attached to our skin that delivers small, controlled doses of nicotine into our system. Another example is the birth control patch. Again, the hormones are delivered to your body by means of a tiny patch on your skin. It is quite amazing when you really think about it.

Therefore, if the skin can absorb harmful synthetics and pharmaceuticals can be taken through the skin, then clearly nutritious topicals can also be introduced to the skin to enhance skin health and beauty.

The secret to loving your winter skin can be really simple. Looking at the ingredients that you use on your skin is the first and most important step. Make sure they are free of synthetics, pesticides, artificial color, fragrance, food and carcinogens. The best products that you can use are ones with pure, organic plant ingredients. One product line with these qualifications is called Ajara Skincare. This line is also an Ayurvedic product, an ancient natural healing lifestyle.

Other simple tips include:

  • Always use sunscreen.
  • Avoid irritating synthetic clothing.
  • Don’t take long, hot showers. The heat can remove important moisturizing oils creating itchy, dry skin.
  • Apply moisture right after you get out of the shower. A good choice is organic coconut oil.
  • Use a humidifier or cool mist to add moisture to the room. Make sure the humidifier is clean of mold and bacteria.
  • Get enough vitamin D. During the winter months, most of us do not get enough of the vitamin D that our body needs. Consider taking a supplement.
  • Wear sunglasses to prevent squinting and getting wrinkles around the eye.
  • Use topical antioxidants after cleansing and before moisturizing.
  • Use a natural oil salve on the lips to prevent chapping.

By following these tips you can help ward off dry, sensitive skin and end up loving your winter skin.

Tanya Joy Brueckner is a licensed esthetician with Envision Personalized Health.

To learn more about Ayurvedic or organic skin care treatments and products contact Tanya for a consultation and free skin analysis.

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