3 Signs Your Skin Needs Some TLC
It's a true Canadian winter out there! And if you aren't struggling with your skin, then please, tell the world your secrets!
I think we are all feeling the effects of the below freezing temperatures. Whether it's abrasive wind, dry heated homes or serious carb cravings, this season impacts our skin in many different ways.
But if you're struggling, don't suffer in silence. You can actually start to combat these common issues with food!
Skin Struggles + Suggestions
Here are 3 signs your skin may need some extra TLC this winter and what to do about it. Keep in mind that these suggestions are first steps. There are many external and internal factors affecting our skin and oftentimes, we need to dive a little deeper to completely solve the problem. But, as always, I like to work one bite at a time. The following suggestions are a great place to start!
1. Dry, Flakey Patches (or Eczema Flare Ups)
If you find your skin is flaking off, you have a dry scalp, or eczema patches are showing up uninvited, then you're definitely going to want to better hydrate your skin! Your skin is seriously dried out.
Make sure you are drinking lots of H2O. Herbal teas are a great alternative to water in the colder months. Try increasing your water intake to at least 8 glasses per day.
It's also tough during the winter months to protect our skin from the elements, but that's a big stressor. Do you wear a scarf outside? Or have one of those cool parkas that feel like a warm hug? Keep yourself covered up out there.
Eczema gets a bit more complicated, but both dry skin and eczema benefit from increased Omega 3 consumption. You can supplement with a quality fish oil, or up your intake of fatty fish (like salmon, sardines and anchovies). If you are vegetarian, you can find quality Omega 3's in fresh ground flax seed, chia seeds or walnuts.
2. Super Sensitive Skin
If you're noticing rashes, itchy skin or are prone to flushing, etc. then you definitely want to consider your skin sensitive.
It can be tricky to pinpoint the root cause of sensitive skin, but usually a good rule of thumb is to start taking a look at your diet. Do you have trigger foods that make things worse? Are you eating differently this winter? Try keeping a food journal and start to pinpoint what seems to make things better or worse. At the very least, you'll have a great roadmap for your healing journey.
You may also want to consider working with a practitioner, especially if you suspect food allergies are the cause.
3. Annoying Adult Acne
You see that you've got more pimples than usual and they keep showing up either on your forehead, jawline or around your lower lip. Similar to eczema, acne is a multi-level issue, but it's important to start somewhere. If you're struggling, it's a sure sign that you could take a look at your carbohydrate consumption.
Is it just me, or does winter make you want to eat all the carbs? But when we do, we aren't always feeding our face. Refined carb consumption spikes our blood sugar which directly contributes to increased acne production. So if you're feeling a bowl of pasta, try to balance it out by making sure there is protein + fiber + fat included on your plate. This will slow down that blood sugar spike and help keep acne at bay.
Heathy skin is all about the little things you do every day, and these suggestions are the perfect place to start.
Healthy Skin From Within Workshop
If you want to learn more about how to get healthy skin from within, then I'd love to invite you to my workshop on February 20th! We're going to dive into how to get glowing skin using food (inside and out).
Tickets are limited, so don't wait! I'd love to see you there.