As piece in the holistic mental health puzzle, taking care of your skin is an act of self-care that should never be neglected. Self-care encourages us to take time for ourselves, build self-esteem and reduce depression and anxiety. Cold, dry air and frigid temperatures can wreak havoc on our skin. Here are a few simple beauty tricks to nurture you skin while taking some well deserved time for your self.
Reduce your caffeine intake: Not only can excessive caffeine increase anxiety and trigger a manic episode of bipolar disorder; it can be rough on your skin. Caffeine is a diuretic and can dehydrate our entire body including the skin. Reduce your caffeine intake and increase your water consumption to get your skin back glowing.
Apply sunscreen: The sun can irritate your skin and cause it to be dry and flaky. Even though you may not see the sun as much in the winter, it is still important to apply sunscreen daily. Using a moisturizer that contains SPF can reduce irritation and prevent further sun damage.
Introduce some oils to your beauty routine: Rose hip oil and sea buckthorn oil are natural wonderful additions to your skin care regimen. Both oils are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and essential fatty acids, which can restore and nourish irritated skin.
Use hyaluronic acid after a shower: Hyaluronic acid has been around for years, often promoted for its ability to reduce signs of aging. We are born with a high hyaluronic acid content as babies that slowly depletes while we age. Using a moisturizer or serum with hyaluronic acid can give our skin a dewy and glowing appearance.
Use a humidifier inside: Like many other animals, humans tend to hibernate during the winter months, spending more time indoors. The dry indoor air can cause trouble for our skin, to fight this, try using a humidifier while inside to introduce more moisture in the air.