Winter Skincare: Next-Level Organic Beauty Regimens
Crisp winter days come with lots of great things - snowboarding trips, ice skating sessions, and hot chocolate by the fire. Unfortunately, that crisp winter air can also leave your skin feeling dry and chapped!
When it comes to taking care of your skin in the winter, it can be tempting to rush to the drug store and grab any chemical-filled product that says it can help. However, it’s never worth putting toxins on your skin in order to feel better!
At GacLife, we believe in using organic and natural products to help boost your natural beauty, such as with our drinkable Beauty beverage. Let’s look at some tips for how to take care of your skin this Winter without the added chemicals in most beauty products.
If you’re familiar with GacLife then you know how much we love carotenoids! These organic nutrients provide lots of health benefits to humans, and some of those benefits have to do with your skin.
Firstly, carotenoids actually help the skin by offering UV protection. This helps prevent skin discoloration and in tandem with sunscreen keeps you safe as you head outside. On snowy days when the sun is reflecting off the white ground, keeping your skin safe from UV rays is a must.
Another benefit of carotenoids is that they can reduce pore blockage and prevent breakouts. This is especially important in the winter when dry air causes your skin to produce more oil and lead to more acne attacks.
Carotenoids are just one nutrient that helps keep your skin clean, clear, and bright in the wintertime. You can also achieve those results by incorporating more antioxidants into your diet.
Antioxidants have a number of properties that help with skincare, making them an important part of any natural beauty regime.
Antioxidants have anti-aging properties that keep your skin looking young and bright. Antioxidants attack free radicals and prevent and correct signs of aging such as loose skin and wrinkles.
Do you like spending time on the beach? This is where having antioxidants in your diet is key to keeping your skin clear and sunburn-free. Antioxidants have anti-inflammatory properties, which means that they help reduce the redness and swelling that comes with a nasty sunburn. On top of that, this also means that they provide even more protection against photoaging and sun damage.
When your skin is inflamed, it actually prevents skin growth and makes it harder for dermis regeneration. Antioxidants help combat this by bringing inflammation down and letting the skin begin to repair itself. And, antioxidants stimulate collagen production which keeps your skin’s youthful glow.
Melanin is the chemical in your skin that causes dark spots and tanning on your body. Having an antioxidant-rich diet reduces photodamage and prevents abnormal skin coloration. What does that mean exactly? It means that when you consume antioxidants you can reduce sunspots and inhibit the enzymes that stimulate melanin production.
Have you heard of polyphenols? Polyphenols are compounds that are found in many types of plant-based foods including fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, tea, and wine. They’re another type of antioxidant that stop free radicals from damaging your cells and putting your body at risk for diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and coronary issues.
On top of that, antioxidants by definition reduce inflammation, which is often said to be the cause for many debilitating chronic illnesses. Polyphenols contain these properties as well and can help your body stay safe from developing harmful diseases.
As you look to incorporate polyphenols into your diet it’s important to know that there is more than one different kind of polyphenols.
Flavonoids are a common type of polyphenol that is found in many types of daily foods we consume. Since flavonoids are found in cherries, dark chocolate, berries, and tea, it’s easy to consume these as part of an everyday diet! Most yogurts and black teas contain flavonoids, as well as some beverages such as Gac beverages.
Phenolic acids are another type of polyphenols that can be easily incorporated into a healthy diet. These are the second most common type of polyphenol after flavonoids. They’re most commonly found in fruits and seeds.
The third type of polyphenol you’ll find in everyday foods are called polyphenolic amides. They’re found in oats and in chili peppers. If you like spicy foods, these are the ones to pull into your diet!
This is probably the easiest way to keep your skin clear and soft even during the wintertime. When you don’t drink enough water, your skin can become dry and cracked.
Don’t get confused, however, between hydrating and moisturizing. Moisturizers, while definitely helpful for keeping your skin soft and smooth, do not act the same way as staying hydrated does.
Moisturizers use oil-based agents such as mineral or plant oil or petrolatum in order to seal moisture into the skin. These sealants prevent water from leaving your skin and drying out.
They do help keep your skin feeling soft and smooth, but they aren’t actually putting hydration into your skin. Different skin types need different types of moisturizers.
And, to make matters more confusing, some moisturizers have hydrating agents incorporated to help your skin absorb water from the atmosphere and retain it in your skin.
The importance of having a healthy diet is amplified in the wintertime when what you put in your body can affect your skin and your overall health.