Brrrr! Baby it's cold outside! Your skin is not only feeling the effects of the extreme cold and wind exposure outside, but also the drying effects due to indoor heat exposure. Not many realize that having dry skin effects acne.
So how do you make sure that your acne doesn't flare-up, causing more havoc? Here are some ways for you to keep your skin clear, healthy and happy during the winter.
- Drink a lot of spring water. Avoid sodas, juice, coffee and tea. Try to drink herbal teas instead (ex. teas containing chamomile, mint, clovers, burdock, nettles and dandelion).
- Along with AcnEase�, it is good to take zinc as a supplement. Zinc helps to rejuvenate the skin and helps the skin to grow. Zinc is necessary for stored Vitamin A in the liver to be released into the blood. So if you suffer from acne, take 15mg a day. Also try eating pumpkin seeds, which are rich in zinc.
- Keep to a diet rich in the omega 3 family of healthy fats, including salmon, sardines, anchovies, sablefish and halibut. Also, take high quality fish oil or krill capsules for supple, smooth skin.
- Try to avoid sugary sweet foods in between or after meals. Eat regular meals with healthier snacks.
- Keep the central heating in between 68 and 70 degrees, and use humidifiers in dry artificially heated rooms. You can also keep bowls of water on top of or close to radiators in order to put more moisture in the air.
- Avoid long hot baths, and do not wash with hot water on your face.
- Get plenty of sleep, as stress and fatigue causes increased production of hormones by the adrenal glands.
- Vitamin A is especially helpful for acne, so try to drink a glass of carrot juice a day, or at least every other day. You can also mix carrot juice with cabbage, apple, and beetroot juice, all of which will benefit your skin.
- Given the harsh weather conditions (wind, cold, sun), protect your skin by using skincare products that contain phospholipids (ex. lecithin) and olive oil extracts.
- If you use make-up, chose a creamier moisturizing foundation.
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