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Healthy Skin in the Winter

By Ashley Chapman 

Whether you reside in an area that has snowfall, high winds or a mixture of both, your skin takes a toll. While everyone's beauty regimen varies, it is important to know that it should change depending on the season. Taking care of your skin is vital in both appearances and your health.

Moisturizer

Finding the perfect moisturizer for your skin is important for the winter months. If you suffer from sensitive skin or you are prone to breakouts, it might take some time and research to find the best one. It is typical to have two different types of moisturizers, one for your body and the other for your face.

Why is that?

Well, your face chemistry is a bit different from your body and that means that the oil balance on your face may need more or less moisture than the rest of your body. If you are prone to breakouts, using a body lotion on your face may make your breakouts more common. Being aware of the type of skin you have is important. The main skin types are normal, dry, oily, combination, and sensitive. You can find moisturizers that cater to a specific skin type that can improve both the condition and feeling in your skin.

Healthy Eating

Eating healthy is not just for keeping a healthy weight.  What you choose to eat may either improve your skin health or make it worse. It is important to pay attention to your skin, as it may tell you when you are allergic to a certain type of food. Choosing healthier options, such as foods that are not fried or greasy may help with lowering acne breakouts.

Along with selecting foods that are prepared without oil, try to choose foods that are high in water content and low in sugar. Some of these food options may include:

  • Watermelon
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumbers
  • Celery
  • Spinach

These foods are high in water content, which will help with hydration, but also are rich in vitamins and can improve your overall skin health.

Staying Hydrated 

Choosing foods that are high in water content can be your first step in staying hydrated. However, it is important to be aware of foods and drinks that may increase your body to become dehydrated.

Foods that you may want to stay away from or eat in moderation may include:

  • Donuts
  • Muffins
  • Candy
  • Other foods high in sugar
  • Processed foods (such as bread, microwavable meals, breakfast cereals)

The benefits of staying hydrated include lower irritation in the skin as well as lowered inflammation. It's always a good idea to eat things in moderation, as too much of anything can become unhealthy.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Newtown Square, Pa.

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