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It’s that time of year where we close our windows, layer up on clothing and perhaps light a fire or two. We go out a little less and with holiday celebrations, perhaps we eat a little more. A pound or two of weight gain might be the end result and we’re not here to judge! What we are here to tell you however, is that all those closed windows, dry heat and indoor time might actually cause problems other than weight gain and that is, the problem of dry skin. So, today I am going to share how to “fatten” up for winter in a good way by making friends with fat. Yes, I said “friends” with fat. Here’s how.

Winter weather is hard on our skin. The lack of humidity in the air combined with the harsh weather outside often leads to dry, itchy and red or flaky skin. When that happens, it’s important to make friends with fat. By fat, specifically I am referring to good quality facial oils that are rich in antioxidants and fatty acids that help to repair and maintain skin’s natural barriers. Facial oils like those containing jojoba, argan, almond, or coconut, safflower or olive oils are what you want to look for. They are going to give your skin the ability to both repair and prepare against further damage.

This might sound crazy and I admit it but dry skin is not actually from a lack of water in skin. Studies comparing water content in dry skin to normal skin found no significant difference between them. Healthy skins contains on average between 10 and 30% water. So, what’s the real issue? The main reason our skin becomes so dry in winter is because the outer layers are damaged. That damage comes as a result not just of winter weather but also from sun damage caused during the warmer months and due to hormonal fluctuations that happen throughout each month. Additionally, the continued use of the wrong type of skin care products, many with extra (and often irritating) unnecessary ingredients, just adds to the ongoing problem of dry and flaky “winter skin.”

I recommend the use of facial oils in combination with your moisturizer to create and maintain that skin barrier which both protects and leaves your skin feeling smooth and healthy. Whether you use a single pure oil, or a blend of oils like those I recommended above is a personal choice. What I most want you to remember is to be consistent in what you use, in how often you apply it and even consider the time of day you complete your regular skin care routine. Finally, it’s very important that you also avoid the use of fragrant oils like lavender, eucalyptus, citrus, or mint. These oils might smell enticing but do not have the same benefits and can be very damaging, often containing additional compounds that act as irritants and are potentially phototoxic to your skin.

Whew! That’s a lot of information to absorb. And speaking of absorption, now you don’t have to be afraid of FATS because we are talking about good fats,  and fatty acids that you can introduce into your skin care routine this winter without worry. It’s ok to absorb a little fat this year….whether around the holidays or the whole winter long!

Take good care of yourself and everything else will surely follow. Have a beautiful day and for all your skin concerns, message me, klara@healthybeauty.ca

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20688147

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18494884

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18503460

Klara - Brining "Klarity" to the science of understanding your skin!

Klara Zaeni is a Skin Care Professional with over 13 year experience researching, working with and understanding the science behind healthy skin. Cutting through jargon, Klara brings "klarity" to helping women over 40, offering sound advice that's based on scientifically proven medical products and expertize. Klara accepts no money from cosmetic companies, personally selecting only those products she is 100% confident in using. Choosing to empower and educate her clients, and as a woman over 40 herself, Klara is the "real deal" when it comes to understanding how to help you both look and feel great.

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