Do you care about your skin the same way you care about your diet?
Chances are you read labels on the food you eat, maybe you even choose organic foods over GMOs and eat as 'clean' as you can - but what about your skin care routine?
Take a good look at the ingredients on the bottles and tubes in your bathroom cabinet. If you can't pronounce each word, or see water and alcohol on the list, you may want to reconsider what's in your daily skin care routine.
Your skin is an elaborate defense mechanism designed to protect your body from invasion, making it extremely important to take care of it. It grows from the inside out, progressively pushing older layers of skin cells toward the surface. The top layers of skin are mainly composed of dead cells. With cooler temperatures outside and rising thermostats inside, your skin can have a hard time retaining the moisture it need. This can cause skin rejuvenation to slow down.
Our skin often suffers during the fall and winter months when skin cell rejuvenation declines and indoor heat strips skin of its natural oils. When the chill sets in and you notice your skin is drier than usual, try these tips:
Avoid the temptation to take long, hot showers. The heat strips skin of its natural oils and can cause inflammation. Try a warm shower and keep the door closed to retain humidity. Soak in a warm, aromatic bath, read here to learn the many ways your body will benefit.
Replenish dry skin with hydrating oil based body oils. Your skin will 'drink' it up and the oils will encourage new cell growth while leaving your skin looking fresh!
You already know that all Zeeta Body Oils contain essential oils that penetrate through the outer layers of skin to the nerve endings and sebaceous glands. They can also warm (or cool) the body. A few of our favorite warming oils for dry winter skin relief are Gratifying Grapefruit, Sun Kissed and Take a Load Off . Everyones choice for an oil to cool down is Chill Out. No Worries body oil is a close runner up to keep skin and body cool during the warmer times of the year.
Since the skin is also an excretory organ, eliminating up to one-quarter of all our bodies metabolic waste, it's good practice to use natural skin care products and to dress in clothing made of natural fibers, especially when exercising. This will avoid blocking this important excretory process. I know that it's tempting to sport fun patterned leggings made from recycled plastic products, but your body may not benefit from this as the environment does.
My last bit of advice on this topic is to drink plenty of water. We tend to drink more water when it's warm outdoors but our bodies need hydration just as much during the cooler seasons as they do in the summertime. Some science suggests that we should work towards drinking one ounce of water for ever pound of body weight - this is a general rule that will work for most people - ultimately, it's up to you to determine how much water helps you to feel your best.
Snuggle up in your cotton joggers with a cup of herbal tea and stay cozy, hydrated and feeling your best!
If you have additional tips to share, please leave a comment below.
Keep it real,