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Keeping Winter Woes At Bay 

It is bound to happen. The leaves are changing and before we know it there will be snow. We pull out our bulky sweaters, down jackets, boots and mentally prepare ourselves for the upcoming months of slush and latent streets.

Over the years I have found it a challenge to find ways to ward off winter skin. The cold weather zaps moisture and dries out your skin, leaving a lackluster complexion. We all love that effortless summer glow, right? So why not keep that glow all year? Maintaining that radiance may be easier than you think, so I wanted to share some of my favorite ways to sustain healthy and glowing skin through the cold and dry months.

Drink, Drink, Drink!

For starters, it is important to remember how much our skin is affected by temperature shifts and seasonal changes. As fall and winter commence, our skin is consistently zapped of moisture. I always remind myself to drink, drink, drink! A lot of times we fail to consume an adequate amount of water, but H20 is one of the biggest tickets to hydrated, smooth and clear skin. For those who know me, they know I am never without my water bottle in the office or at home. It helps me to track my water intake and keeps me sipping all day without even thinking twice (I always put a few squeezes of lemon into it too). By guzzling down the required daily H2O, it will keep skin hydrated, plump, increase elasticity, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and rids our body of all the toxins that build up over time – and even better, we avoid winter’s inevitable gift of dry, itchy skin!

What Goes In

With fall in full swing and winter approaching you know the holidays are just around the corner, and let’s be honest what fun are the holidays without the holiday treats? As hard as it is during the holidays to walk away from that cookie with a chocolate chip smile, avoiding treats loaded with refined sugar can make a huge difference in your skin. You do not need to completely abstain (because I know I can’t!), but moderation is key. I try to focus my daily routine around nutrient dense foods such as fruits and vegetables, to ensure my body is getting all the natural vitamins and minerals it needs (plus, it helps to stave away those sugar cravings). I also love eating seasonally, meaning concentrating on consuming fruits and vegetables that are fresh and in season. Just as we change season to season, our produce changes as well. They retain more nutrients in their prime season. For example, in the winter citrus fruits are plentiful, which are very high in vitamin C, something we all need to keep those colds and flus at bay. You should also consider including an omega-3 supplement to your daily routine, as it can be very beneficial for hydrating skin and for that extra glow. Be mindful of what goes in your body and your skin will be sure to reward you.

Cleansing

On a different note – admittedly, when I think about the cold weather months, a nice hot bath or a long shower is the first thing I look forward to after a lengthy day. Even so, I limit myself during the winter months because hot water can be extremely dehydrating and can strip skin of its natural oils. Enjoy a boost of moisture by massaging a Body Oil immediately after toweling off and when skin is still slightly damp. I use the Arya Essentials Body Oil to help retain moisture and keep my skin soft and supple.

With that said, it is vital to spend time purifying our bodies and giving them the treatment they deserve. When I do indulge in a long shower or bath, I take the time to exfoliate as it increases circulation which helps fight cellulite and rids dry skin. The body should not be the only focus, exfoliating your face is an extremely important step to combat winter skin. Exfoliation gets rid of dead skin cells that tend to clog and dull the complexion. The removal of those skin cells speeds up the skin renewal process allowing healthier skin cells to take place. This restores radiance ,and helps with fine lines and wrinkles. Not to mention, exfoliation allows your moisturizers to penetrate deeper and be more effective. When I incorporate this step on a consistent basis into my beauty routine, it improves the tone and texture of my skin, stops breakouts and reveals a youthful and fresh complexion.

As you get ready for the upcoming months of short, bitter cold days and holiday events, incorporating these steps into your winter routine will keep your skin glowing from head to toe. Winter here we come!

All my best,