Indoor heating systems, colder outdoor temperatures, and wind can all strip the skin of its natural moisture during winter, by reducing the humidity in the air. Additionally, during colder months, wardrobe changes mean more layers of clothing that may lead to increased friction spots along seams, or chafing near the body’s most moveable joints. Our winter coverings may also make some people less likely to upkeep skin invigorating self-care habits like exfoliation, massage, and beneficial daily moisturizers and sunscreens. Finally, if longer, hotter showers and baths are the indulgences you crave on those cold, gray days, just know that these might actually be contributing to your dry skin, by robbing your epidermis of much needed moisture and oils. Oftentimes these external factors result in rashes, itching and sensitivity, dry patches, and chapped and broken skin.
In addition to external factors, in winter our natural thirst may decrease, but our body’s need for hydration does not. If you notice you need a little incentive to drink more water year round, try filling a pitcher in the fridge with filtered water flavored with thinly sliced fruits–or even vegetables! Cucumbers, carrots, lemons, oranges, strawberries, and pineapples are some of my favorites for their refreshing flavors and nutritional benefits. If you find your body just isn’t interested in cold drinks during the colder, darker days of the year, keep your tea kettle full, and convert your favorite mug to brewing herbal teas or tempting you with hot lemon and honey tonics. When citrus fruits are immersed in boiling water, their skins release essential oils, which add so much more flavor than just squeezing the juice into your mug, but just be sure to wash the fruit first if you don’t have organic citrus on hand. Here is a list (hyperlink - https://www.self.com/story/how-to-drink-more-water) of some amazing ways to creatively consume water.
Finally, while staying hydrated is important, it’s only one part of what your body’s skin barrier requires to stay smooth, healthy, and strong. Healthy fats can actually help to build your body’s defense systems, including the skin, and can be absorbed whether you add them to your diet, your nutritional supplements, or to your skin regimen! Essential fatty acids (Omega 3, 6, and 9) are the building blocks of many of the body’s necessary processes, and they’re essential because humans cannot create them on their own in required levels. Some of your favorite foods may be high in these nutritional power sources, including fish, fish oils, mono-unsaturated and poly-unsaturated vegetable oils, eggs, nuts, seeds, olives, avocados, and coconuts. While dietary sources of these nutrients are abundant, in some instances of dry, damaged skin, these nutrients may be lacking, as these symptoms have been shown to be reversed with either dietary supplementation or topical skin application of essential fatty acids!
Naad Sacred Body moisturizing oil has been specially formulated to nourish and hydrate dry skin. Free radicals caused by cellular aging and toxins, exposure to the elements, and poor nutritional and self-care habits can leave your skin dry and damaged. Naad Sacred Body moisturizing body oil is high in oleic, linoleic, and alpha-linoleic acids that penetrate deeply into your skin and lock in moisture. Replenishing the skin’s barrier helps to reduce the moisture loss that leads to dry skin and wrinkles, and helps to reduce itching and irritation.
Skip the lotion this winter and try Naad Sacred Body moisturizing oil blend instead. Its hand-selected formula is packed with fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals that moisturize and nourish your skin, leaving it smooth, soft, supple, and looking as healthy and hydrated as it feels. Spray a small amount directly onto your skin and massage evenly. Made with all vegan and organic oils from avocado fruit, sunflower seeds, macadamia nuts, apricot seed, and scented using beneficial essential oils, this formula will leave your skin smelling as good as it looks.