SKIN, SPORT

TIPS FOR HAVING A GORGEOUS SKIN IN WINTER

Keeping your skin moisturized is especially important in the colder seasons. Often, a sufficient care is forgotten and cold and dry air outside with heated dry air inside can stress out your largest organ in no time. Athletes and outdoor activists are in great risk of suffering from dry skin or rashes as they spend more time outside, sweating, taking showers..

We have created a list of tips for proper skin care in winter and explain what is important for athletes.

 

 

What does the skin need?

 

It is quite sensible to adjust your skin care routine according to the season. In winter, for example, the skin can dry out very quickly due to the dry heated air indoors and cold but also dry conditions outdoors. At cold temperatures, the skin cream may be slightly more greasy. It’s a good idea to use salves and facial oils instead of your average moisturizer in winter. Especially the hands and lips can dry out quickly and small cracks can cause inflammation. Use rich cold weather creams with high fat content, luxurious facial/body oils or simple coconut or shea butter for your face and body.


Tip: Always apply oils to damp skin so that they can lock in the moisture!



The needs of athletes

 

Whether running, skiing, skating, etc, in the cold snow or swimming in the indoor pool, athletes face extreme conditions everywhere. Essential for healthy glowing skin is a cream/oil that helps to regenerate wind- and cold-stressed cheeks and hands. Skiers can also be exposed to strong sunshine, so sun protection products are mandatory for them. Rich creams that contain natural plant oils are particularly effective. 

But face and hands are not the only body parts to pay attention. Your feet, too, can get very dry and cracks are the result. Regenerating baths and special foot creams help to avoid drying out. Either soaking your feet or taking a bath in Epsom or other mineral salts have many health benefits, including soothing muscle pain and aches, providing itch relief, decreasing swelling and boosting your bodys levels of magnesium and sulphate. Epsom Salt has also a knack for improving circulation. This makes Epsom Salt a great choice for basic bath salts, foot soaks, medicinal baths, and sore muscle soaks. Salt baths are great for stressed and dry skin or rashes and eczema as they nourish you with essential minerals, exfoliate gently and have therapeutic effects due to essential oils usually added to these bath salts. 


Tip: To save your skin in winter, you should take shorter, warm showers instead of long hot baths. You should not bathe more than twice a week in the cold season. It is recommended to use salt/oil baths and not bubble baths, as these contain surfactants and fragrances, which can cause dryness and irritation.

 


Healthy alternatives are important for athletes


Doctors warn of skin diseases. Extremely dry and stressed skin is particularly vulnerable. Itching, eczema, psoriasis and neurodermatitis can be the result. If you want to be safe, you should use pure natural products. Skin absorbs all the substances that are applied. For this reason, one should pay particular attention to pure and natural ingredients. Especially athletes, sweating and showering more often, might want to consider using all-natural products for skin care. 

After sports and shaving, pores are opened and your skin has to deal with micro cuts. Here you should pay particular attention to what is applied to the body so that it does not cause any more harm. Natural oil and butter based deodorants are as effective as they are nourishing and moisturising. 

 

Tip: Read labels carefully and do your research! Even those creams labeled “pure” and “natural” can contain hazardous chemicals like formaldehyde, parabens or synthetic fragrance. These, unfortunately can do no good for you. Choose skin care that has less fillers and more actives! Oils, butters, essential oils – names that you can pronounce 😉



What else should be considered

 

Clima: Many illnesses are either caused or aggravated by poor indoor air quality. Some of the symptoms of either too high or too low humidity levels include, upper respiratory congestion, wheezing, fatigue, dizziness, nosebleeds, and watery eyes. Heated homes and offices cause dry skin, too humid air otherwise gives way to viruses. If air in your home seems too dry, the easiest way is to use a humidifier or diffuser. You can add aromatherapeutic essenial oils. 

 

Nutrition: A balanced diet with many vitamins and sufficient fluid intake also helps to maintain a healthy skin. Don’t exaggerate with water intake, raw fruits and salads though. In winter, soups, stews and casseroles from root vegetables and legumes are the best since they hydrate you from the inside! Choose warm porridge instead of muesli with milk, tea and coffee instead of iced soft drinks, and red wine instead of cold beer.



5 tips for healthy skin in the cold season:


–  Skin is particularly receptive in the evening. Therefore, skin care is most effective before bed. Use serums and facial oils.
– Creams and deodorants penetrate the body through the pores. Natural ingredients prevent subsequent diseases.
– Try taking showers without soap or gels that destroy natural sebum and steal moisture from skin. Natural exfoliators like oats, honey, ground coffee etc, are better for you holistically. If needed, apply soap and shower gel only sparingly and use mild care products especially for the head to avoid dry flaky scalp.
– Self-made salve from beeswax, coconut butter and jojoba oil are alternatives and work just as well.
– In winter, use products with more oil, since the skin is generally drier. Moisturizing properties do not come from adding moisture to the skin, but by locking existing moisture in, and this is what oils do. 

 

 

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Liina Kurs

A multipotentialite with many superpowers like holistic healthcare, nutrition, professional cooking, photography, natural bulding materials, environment protection, gardening, arts, travelling the world, I embrace and teach spiritual practice, excercise, food and mind connection, importance of healthy and nurturing relationships, virtues of wisdom and openmindedness. I encourage simple and natural living. I also create functional skin care that embraces sustainable wellness.