Body and Soul
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BEATING THE ELEMENTS
Winter is here! And living in this dry, cold and, of course, sunny climate (we are in Sun Valley) brings with it a whole new set of skin challenges for your skin. -Laurie Christian
Protecting | Apply sunscreen thoroughly and often.
While it seems like common knowledge, wearing sunscreen during the winter months is extremely important, as important as wearing it to the beach or on a hike during a hot August day. Goggle tans are no longer cool, so wearing sunscreen every day is one of the best things you can do for your skin. With advances in skin care technology, there are now sunscreens made for all skin types—moisturizing, oil free, organic, all-natural and even mineral-based. The most important factor is to apply thoroughly and often. People typically only apply 25-50% of the amount needed for protection. The recommended quantity is one ounce (a full shot glass) of sunscreen to cover exposed body areas sufficiently. It’s important to use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
Moisturizing | Keeping skin hydrated can be a challenge.
As the seasons change, it’s also important to modify your skin care routine. There are many things you can do to keep skin looking its best and feeling soft and moisturized. During the summer months a light lotion may be just fine, but during the winter months you may want to use something a little heavier such as a cream or oil-based moisturizer. Look for non-pore-clogging oils such as avocado, primrose or almond oil. And, if you think an oil-based moisturizer or cream is too heavy for your skin, there are all kinds of oil-free moisturizers that work great, too, with ingredients such as aloe, green tea, hibiscus and cucumber, which all absorb easily and instantly into the skin, refreshing and protecting the skin from dehydration.
Eating | What you put in your body is just as important as what you put on your body.
While moisturizing topically is an important way to keep skin looking and feeling good, what you put in your body is just as important. We all know that eating right and exercising have positive effects on your overall health, but they are also imperative to great-looking, healthy skin. Foods rich in antioxidants, such as blueberries, strawberries and raspberries, are rich in vitamin C, which helps to increase collagen vital to younger looking skin. Essential fatty acids found in oily fish, such as salmon and sardines, are also a great way to keep skin moisturized and hydrated. EFA’s (essential fatty acids) help reduce inflammation in skin and help to retain skin’s moisture. Nuts, seeds, avocados and olive oil also contain large amounts of EFAs and also include vitamins E and A, which help protect your body and skin against environmental pollutants and sun damage. Almonds, walnuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds are also great sources for these rich oils. Dark leafy vegetables such as spinach, watercress and romaine lettuce are great sources of antioxidant vitamins A, C, E, and the mineral iron, an essential for keeping your blood healthy and your skin bright. Green tea is also bursting with antioxidants which help fight viruses and slow-aging. As proof positive of the potency of these food choices, it is common to see antioxidants, Omega 3 fats, EFAs and green tea as some of the top ingredients in anti-aging lotions and creams.