There are so many things to love about winter but feeling run down isn’t one of them. The colder months require some updates and additions to you health and beauty regime to make sure you look your best and have plenty of energy to get you through the party season.
Top up your Vitamin D
Did you know that even in the summer us Brits struggle to absorb anywhere near enough vitamin D – let alone in winter? This essential vitamin is a fat-soluble but is naturally present in very few foods and one of the main ways our bodies get it is when ultraviolet rays from sunlight strike the skin and trigger vitamin D synthesis.
But on cold, dark days it’s impossible to get the necessary daily dose just from being outside and even a winter sun holiday doesn’t make that much difference because your body can only store Vitamin D for up to three weeks.
As it is essential for bone health and cell development so it’s extremely important at this time of year that we invest in a good supplement. Try Nature’s Best Vitamin D3 capsules for adults and Well Kid jellies for kids.
Keep your skin nourished
Cold weather is harsh on the skin so you need a more nourishing skincare regime. Invest in serums and creams that lock moisture in and help defend your face against the elements. We find this is the time to bring out the face oil and Votary’s Neroli and Myrrh is fantastic. It helps to revive and replenish lacklustre skin in minutes. Apply straight onto clean skin, followed by a moisturiser and SPF for added moisture.
But it’s not just your face that suffers. Lips are often one of winter’s first casualties. We use the Organic Pharmacy Antioxident Lip Balm and Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Balm to keep ours soft and plump.
And don’t neglect your arms and legs just because they aren’t tucked away in tights and sweaters or you’ll live to regret it come party season. Exfoliate twice a week with the likes of L’Occitane’s Utra Rich Body Scrub followed by lots of moisturising with good old Aveeno cream and you’ll have lovely silky limbs to show off at Christmas dos.
Combat the effects of central heating
While it’s lovely to be cosy and warm inside, central heating is not good for us. Coming from a cold environment into an overly hot one plays havock with out skin, dehydrating it and leaving it dry, sallow and sensitive. This means drinking as much water as you would in July even if it’s freezing outside to combat the effects.
As central heating sucks the moisture from your skin, the aim is to put it back in. While this can be done topically with great moisturisers – we love Dr Murad’s Perfecting Day Cream with SPF 30 and Crème de La Mere Soft Cream – the best thing is to work from within. Fish oil supplements packed with Omega 3, 6 and 12 will make a huge difference. We take Clean Marine’s Krill Oil and Viridian Nutrition’s Omega3, 6 and 9 daily. Also up your intake of Zinc which is essential for cell regeneration and try a collagen boosting supplement such as Purelogical, which we love because it helps to keep our skin feeling nourished.
Keep colds at bay
Scientists now believe that up to a quarter of our genes are seasonal – and that those controlling our immunity become more active in cold months than during summer days, helping us to fight off illnesses such as flu. However our centrally heated homes and piping hot showers can really disrupt that natural balance throwing our bodies out of sync.
Help keen you immune system strong with supplements such as Lamberts Immuno Strength. We give this natural, fruit based product to all the family (pop some in the kid’s orange juice at breakfast) and it seems to keep the bugs at bay. We add to this a good multivitamin like the ones from Higher Nature who do a great range for both adults and kids, and a spoonful of Manuka Honey, know for it’s antibacterial properties and ability to fight off germs.
Get out and about
As tempting as it is to stay inside and get all ‘Hygge’, getting out in the fresh air is scientifically proven to be important for your general wellbeing. There are the obvious benefits such as exercise and taking in the fresh air, but getting out and about can also help your mental state, especially if this is not your favourite season.
Spending time outdoors is a recommended treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which is sometimes called “winter depression.” Outdoor light exposure may help your mood even if it’s cold and cloudy.
So simply wrap up and head for the countryside or a local park where you can enjoy the cold, crisp days that winter has to offer.