Keep your skin healthy in win­ter from the in­side out

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(NC) It seems that no mat­ter how many lay­ers we put on our body dur­ing the win­ter months, our skin al­ways feels the bit­ter bite of the cold. When the tem­per­a­ture starts to drop, the hu­mid­ity level de­creases as well, leav­ing skin feel­ing parched. The Canadian Health Food As­so­ci­a­tion (CHFA) has a few tips to keep your skin hy­drated and healthy dur­ing the cold, dry win­ter months: First, a hot shower cer­tainly gives us a break from the cold out­side, how­ever it doesn’t do any favours for our skin. The hot wa­ter can ac­tu­ally dry out the nat­u­ral oils and the longer you stay in the shower the more th­ese oils de­plete. Make sure you shower in luke­warm wa­ter and al­ways use nat­u­rally hy­drat­ing prod­ucts that are free of BHA and BHT, ph­tha­lates, parabens, silox­anes, and sodium lau­reth sul­phate. “We tend to only look for skin prod­ucts in drug stores and at the cos­metic counter,” says CHFA pres­i­dent, He­len Long. “But you can also look in your pantry and in health food stores to find ex­cel­lent nat­u­ral mois­tur­iz­ers. Co­conut oil, for ex­am­ple, acts as an emol­lient, pro­vid­ing a soft­en­ing and sooth­ing ef­fect. An­other op­tion is grape­seed oil, which is an ef­fec­tive, light­weight mois­tur­izer and con­tains vi­ta­mins, min­er­als, pro­tein, GLA (an omega-6 fatty acid that is found mostly in plant-based oils), and vi­ta­min E—all nu­tri­ents your skin will ben­e­fit from.” When we think of im­prov­ing the con­di­tion of our skin, var­i­ous creams, mois­tur­iz­ers, soaps and cos­met­ics come to mind. But it’s worth re­mem­ber­ing that beauty truly does ra­di­ate from the in­side out. A nu­tri­tious diet which in­cludes healthy fats and colour­ful vi­ta­min-rich veg­eta­bles and fruits, is es­sen­tial to main­tain­ing hy­drated, healthy skin. Specif­i­cally, healthy fats, such as the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and flaxseeds, can help skin main­tain its elas­tic­ity. An­tiox­i­dants like vi­ta­min A, which are found in yel­low, or­ange and red veg­eta­bles, are ideal for this pur­pose. Fur­ther­more, a vi­ta­min A de­fi­ciency can ac­tu­ally cause skin to be­come dry and rough. It may seem like com­mon sense but it is true that your skin’s hy­dra­tion is linked to your body’s hy­dra­tion, so make sure you are drink­ing eight to 10 glasses of wa­ter a day. More in­for­ma­tion on this topic, which in­cludes a list of health food stores in your com­mu­nity, is eas­ily found us­ing the “find-a-re­tailer” tool on­line at chfa.ca. www.newscanada.com

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