Cold Weather is Actually GOOD for Your Skin

Ladies, are you sick of Jack Frost nipping at your nose?  Well, don’t be.  There are actually some perks to those biting winds and the cooler temperatures. It can actually benefit your skin in other ways and help with anti-aging.  Yes, you are reading my words correctly.  I said help with anti-aging.  Say what?  Cold weather is Actually GOOD for your Skin. 

Yes, winter weather can suck the moisture out of your skin, leaving it dull, dry and flaky and also cause chapped lips, but chillier mornings can also give us softer, younger looking skin.  Read on ladies, read on.  Contrary to popular to believe, the winter months can benefit your complexion.

Here Are 6 Ways Cold Weather Can be GOOD for Your Skin

1. Cleaner air

Winter means goodbye to all the bad air quality and high ozone levels so common in the spring and summer months. The crisp, clean quality of cold air makes this time of year a great time to be out in nature, taking long walks and deeper breaths of fresh air and rejuvenating the skin.

2. Cold weather rejuvenates the face

Think of the rejuvenating effect of splashing your face with cold water in the morning – it keeps your skin tight, vibrant and radiant. Well, cold weather works in the same way with your skin.

It’s why cold showers benefit the skin. Cold water tightens your cuticles and pores, which will prevent them from getting clogged. The chilly water can ‘seal’ the pores in the skin, preventing dirt from getting in. Hot water has the tendency to dry out our skin.

3. Color in your cheeks

Moderately cold temperatures train your blood vessels to be responsive – causing redness in the checks. It means you can leave your blusher at home. So get out in the cold for that bright-eyed, rosy-cheeked, all-natural look.

4. It clears your pores

Cooler weather can act as a tonic or astringent – reducing clogs and keeping pores less visible and refined. Cold weather also slows down and prevents the secretion of sebum, which waterproofs the skin and hair, keeping shine at bay and reducing acne.

5. Puffiness becomes a thing of the past

Cold weather promotes blood circulation in both the face and body – reducing inflammation and swelling to the eyes and face.

6. You sleep better

Getting a good night’s sleep is vital for skin health – reducing circles under the eyes and making sure your complexion stays glowing. Lots of us suffer sleeplessness in the summer heat. Coldness mimics the body’s natural drop in internal temperature, which occurs around two hours after we hit the sack. Therefore, most sleep scientists believe that a slightly cool room contributes to a full night’s rest

Ladies, there are the cozy sweaters, colorful scarves, fuzzy earmuffs to we adore during these colder temperatures.. But one more thing to keep your skin beautiful during the winter times is by eating certain healthy foods and applying others topically no matter how cold it gets.

Eating Certain Healthy Foods or Applying Others Topically Help Skin Stay Beautiful During Cold Temperatures Also

Make a Snack of  Healthy Fats  

We don’t want to admit it, but we love fat.  But I am not talking about the kind you find in a cake and french fries, but rather the healthy fats found in walnuts and avocados.

These foods contain omega 3 fatty acids, which aid in heart health and weight loss.  However, ladies, did you know they can also give you healthy skin? They help reduce inflammation and prevent collagen breakdown.  Let me break this down for you, translation, fewer wrinkles.

Need an idea for a healthy snack?  Simply mix 2 tablespoons chia seeds into your favorite dairy-free yogurt for an added 5 grams of omega 3s, or sprinkle some flax seed into a mid-day cup of oatmeal.

A belly friendly food as well as for your face is an avocado. Avocados contain monounsaturated fat and are rich in vitamins A and E.

Vitamin E enhances your skin’s collagen production (translation: smoother skin) while sealing in vital moisture. Try this avocado face mask and let this double-duty powerhouse work its magic on your dry, winter skin!

Tea Time

Baby it’s cold outside, why not curl up with a warm cup of tea? While you might not be as thirsty in the winter as you were during the summer heat, staying hydrated in the winter is equally important.

Drinking 8-10 glasses of water and tea per day can help flush out toxins, prevent the skin from drying, increase cell turnover and keep your skin young and fresh.

Herbal teas are a great way to stay hydrated or you can choose a green tea variety to help reduce inflammation for extra beautification.

Just be sure to combine drinking plenty of water and/or tea with applying plenty of topical moisturizers.  Moisturizer helps hold water in the skin’s top layer, so it works hand in hand with water. This translates into great glowing skin despite the harsh winter weather!

What is Your Moisturizer of Choice?

My moisturizer of choice is Arwyn, my personalized facial cream from AlpStories.  Get your own customized moisturizer by visiting our website by simply using our beauty wizard feature.

Try to Eat One Orange Food and One Green Food

No M & M’s do not count ladies, sorry.  Halloween is over, but that doesn’t mean orange is out just yet.  Try orange veggies such as:

  • carrots
  • squash
  • pumpkins
  • sweet potatoes

All of which are full of carotenoids.  Carotenoids increase our defense against the sun and damage from UV rays (remember it is important to always use sunscreen for protection, even in the winter!).

They also help prevent acne breakouts and flare-ups that can make your skin blemished and blotchy. Try a pumpkin yogurt mask for a little winter skin pampering.

Green foods such as kale and spinach, are full of vitamin C, which can act as your food equivalent of the fountain of youth—vitamin C helps to repair skin by building collagen and helping to ward off those pesky wrinkles. Eat at least one orange and one green food every day and your skin will thank you!

Eat at least one colorful fruit every day.

Fruits such as blueberries, blackberries, and cranberries are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants not only fight damaging free radicals in your body, but they also can fight those winter skin blues too! Antioxidants help protect your skin against damage caused by the sun and harsh weather conditions in the winter.

Blueberries have the added benefit of containing compounds that slow wrinkles and the effects of aging. Think of antioxidants as your youth elixir, keeping you beautiful, ageless and energized no matter what the weather has in store. An apple a day could keep those wrinkles at bay.

So ladies go ahead and let jack frost do his job.  Cold weather is Actually GOOD for your Skin. 

Healthy eating, healthy skin, healthy you!

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