I’m a pretty dry skinned person overall, and winter can be pretty harsh. I think in the coldest and driest of winter, most people experience some dry skin issues. Addressing this is a mix of proper nutrition with the help of some outside products. Here are my favorite tips…
Nutrition Tips for Dry Skin
- Water – Seriously, drink your water! Most people don’t drink enough to start with, and with the cold of winter, we tend to drink even less. Drink at least half your body weight in ounces. I like starting my day with warm lemon water (warm water with about 1/2 lemon juiced into it). It’s a great way to get your digestion going in the morning and a cozy way to start the day. Also, check out my post on why you need water.
- Fats – Fats are the building blocks for all of our cell membranes. When we are low on our essential fatty acids, the skin gets dry. Make sure you are getting a good amount of healthy fats in your diet from sources like fish, meat, nuts, oils (olive, avocado, coconut), butter, ghee, or tallow. Supplement with
a high-qualityfish oil for an extra boost (my favs: Carlson’s & Biotics [or on Amazon]).
- Collagen – Collagen is a fantastic way to support healthy skin. It helps with keeping the skin soft, elastic & smoothe. And as a bonus, it’s greats for supporting healthy connective tissues, hair, and nails as well! My fav go-to brand is Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. I especially love their Coconut Collagen Creamer in my coffee!
Products to Help Dry Skin
- Body Oils – When winter comes I like using oil right on my skin. Two of my favorites: NOW Brand Apricot Kernel Oil, Beautycounter’s Baby Soothing Oil, and Cleansing Balm [yes I use this all over my body for moisture!]. Another great product is Beautycounter’s Rosemary Body Oil.
- Face Products – I use extra hydration in the winter on my face. I love Beautycounter’s Facial Oils! They are great because no matter your skin type, they absorb and don’t leave you greasy. My fav is the #2 oil but all are pretty awesome! In addition to this, I also use the Cleansing Balm as a daily moisturizer (morning and night).
While the products I list above will help soothe your dry skin, its important to keep skin covered when you’re out in cold weather, take cooler (and shorter) showers, and to wear gloves when cleaning or washing dishes. And, of course, addressing nutrition issues like water intake and adequate fats will go a long way to help the skin heal.