Cold weather certainly takes a toll on the skin, leaving it dry and lacking some much-desired luster. Thankfully though, there are some quick and easy steps you can do to treat your skin to a spring clean up and have that special glow return, just in time for summer!
Clean It Up, But Keep It Cold: Making sure your skin is clean is the first step to success to a healthy complexion and radiant glow. Properly cleansing your skin not only takes care of dirt that can clog your pores and weaken your skin’s condition, but it also helps to remove the dry skin cells that tend to build up and cause impurities. Using a gentle cleanser without chemicals is key. My personal favorite is a fruit cider wash made by Frownies, which you can order online or get in our office.
Another important factor is the water temperature you use when cleaning your skin. While hot water may feel relaxing, the moisture in your skin takes a serious hit when you use it, leaving it dry. Lukewarm water is the best for your body, while cool water will create a huge difference for your face. Try it for a couple weeks and see if you notice an improvement.
Be Careful With The Creams: It is easy to get wowed by all the promises different creams and lotions boast about, but unfortunately a lot of the marketing masks what is really lurking in the products that can actually be quite damaging to the skin. Something as simple as alcohol will actually dry out your skin, and is found in most of the leading brands of creams and lotions, among a host of other chemicals that are damaging to your skin’s health.
Face it: Moisturizing is important. Our face needs moisture, but our daily lives, make-up, dirt and bacteria all fight against us. For your face, it is very important to use moisturizers that are gentle and chemical free, because the skin on your face is of the most sensitive on your body.
The Stand Out Moisturizers:
- Coconut Oil is a great daily moisturizer for dry to normal skin. It is great for the entire body and is a natural antiseptic which helps to fight off microorganisms from penetrating your skin’s barrier, as well as having anti-fungal properties, which helps battle an array of skin conditions.
- Immune Perfect by Frownies is another standout product, especially for people wanting to provide even more benefits to their moisture routine. It is an alcohol free moisturizer that is Aloe Vera based that provides 18 hours if continual hydration once it penetrates through the skin barrier. It is great for all over the face, and is especially good for around the eyes where the skin is very delicate and usually requires different products then the rest of the face. Unfortunately, many eye creams contain chemicals that actually damage skin cells, causing swelling which “fix” bags and dark circles under the eyes, but this is actually doing more harm than good. Using a pure product like Immune Perfect will help to hydrate your skin without causing damage.
Lay Off The Lotion: As I mentioned before, it is difficult to find products that really support your skin that are free from chemicals and therefore, truly benefit your skin’s condition. Lotions and creams actually do very little as far as changing the condition of your skin. For all over your body, I would suggest using Coconut oil as well, or Whole Form Vitamin E. Frownies Immune Shield is a good source, helping to promote healing and regeneration of the lipid (fat layer) of the skin. It is ideal for daily use, and even more beneficial after having your skin exposed to the sun, as it will help to keep your skin’s natural protection from the sun strong and healthy.
Inside Matters: Drinking plenty of water will help keep the skin hydrated and vibrant, as well as having a diet rich in Omega 3 oils. Omega 3 oils will help to keep your skin cells strong and stable which is the ideal foundation to build from. A plant based whole foods diet is one of the best ways to ensure skin health and to eliminate toxins in your body that are forced out through your skin.