Winter Skin Survival Guide: What to Eat, Drink and Ingredients to Look for to Ensure Fresh Skin All Winter
No matter how many times it’s repeated, people tend to forget to consume enough water. Water is the key ingredient to beautiful skin. When you become dehydrated, skin cells shrink and lose volume, loosening the skin and increasing your propensity to wrinkle.” ACTION: Drink a minimum of eight glasses a day. In the wintertime, drink 10-12!
It’s natural to consume more unhealthy food during the winter months because you aren’t thinking of fitting into a bathing suit. Eating too much sugar can cause a process called glycation to occur where sugar attaches to proteins to form harmful new molecules called advanced glycation end products which damage adjacent proteins like collagen and elastin, the protein fibers that keep skin firm and elastic. ACTION: Consume brightly colored fruits (the most antioxidant rich include prunes, raisins, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, plums, oranges, red grapes and cherries) and vegetables (kale, spinach, brussel sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, broccoli flowers, beets, red bell peppers, onions, corn and eggplant). Consuming the right food is an excellent way to provide vitamins for the skin!
Antioxidants are a must as they help to prevent and repair damage to the body’s tissue by slowing or preventing the effect of free radicals, which start oxidation — a process that causes damage from oxygen and can lead to cell dysfunction. In addition to keeping up your diet, there is nothing more effective for dry skin than an antioxidant rich moisturizer. ACTION: Look for antioxidant rich products such as SKINSHIFT’S Antioxidant Moisturizer Formula 142 or products that have ingredients such as DMAE, an antioxidant membrane stabilizer along with Thioctic Acid (Lipoic Acid), Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Tocopheryl Acetate and Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamins E and C) and Green Tea.
Moisturizers act as an external source of moisture that prevents dry skin during dry winter months. If you want real hydration, trap moisture from within the skin with hyaluronic acid, a natural moisturizer already in your skin! Choose a high quality product with high concentrations of this special ingredient like SKINSHIFT’s Hyaluronic Moisture Treatment Serum Formula 139.
The under eye area is especially vulnerable to harsh winter weather. Apply eye cream in the morning and throughout the day to prevent under eye wrinkles. ACTION: Look for ingredients like Hydrolyzed Rice Bran Protein/Glycine Soja Protein/Oxidoreductases on our specially formulated eye cream. This powerful combo reduces dark circles and puffiness around the eyes while reducing fine lines and wrinkle.