No matter your age, gender, or ethnicity the winter months can present a challenge for your skin. Whether you face winters with lows in the 30s or far below zero, there are steps you can take to keep your skin healthy and perhaps even improve it during this bitter time of the year.

Environmental Factors
Take a look at your environment. Winter typically means dry air. At home, consider using a humidifier. If that is not an option, even boiling water with medicinal herbs can provide some moisture. Don’t forget about steamy baths and showers. Soaps and bath salts made with oatmeal can be particularly soothing. You may also want to invest in a hydrating electric footbath. Footbaths can be a therapeutic treat any time of the year, but especially beneficial in the winter. Try adding some peppermint bath salts or Epsom salts for an even more healthful experience. Many office buildings are notorious for dry air. Improve your environment with a small fountain and oxygen giving plants. Remember to keep your water bottle full and stay hydrated throughout the day. Herbal tea may be a better choice for an afternoon beverage than coffee.

Nutrition for the Skin
Of course, what we put into our bodies is crucial to our health in general and particularly to our skin. A well-balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables is a must, but other foods such as yogurt, oatmeal, nuts and seeds, and dark chocolate may have properties that are beneficial to skin health. It is sometimes difficult to maintain a perfect diet, and there are those with vitamin absorption concerns. It is important to realize that not unlike all the systems of the body, what happens to our skin generates at the cellular level. Our cells dictate how we absorb and use nutrients and how our bodies function. Aging, toxins, and other environmental factors interfere with the cellular signals, which is often the beginning of various health problems. By using skin gel from ASEA, you can help promote cellular health and see healthier skin.

Exercise is important when it comes to the health of your skin. Physical activity and good old fashioned sweat help to release toxins and improve circulation. Yoga, meditation and other forms of relaxation may also help with anxiety, which can have negative effects on your overall health. It’s best to combine meditation with more vigorous workouts. Be sure to talk to a doctor before making major changes to your exercise routine or if you have health concerns.

The skin is the largest organ of the human body and besides being the most visible, it is also protecting vital internal organs. Besides taking strides to add regiments during the winter months to protect our skin, it is also important to note the enemies of healthy skin – smoking, alcohol indulgence, stress and lack of sleep, which can be as hard on your skin as a brutal winter. With a little awareness and effort, you can have a winter with beautiful skin.

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