Why do we all reach for the lip balm and struggle more with dry skin patches in the winter?
Well according to ayurvedic medicine, fall is Vata season which means dry, cool, windy & erratic! The atmosphere becomes cold & windy outside and dry inside as we turn up the indoor heating. When the temperature drops so does the humidity. All those external elements deplete the lipid barrier that helps to retain moisture and can contribute towards dry, flakey skin.
That's why, as the season's change, you should think about changing your skincare routine too.
Here are some tips to help the transition
1. Look for natural, rehydrating skin formulas
Ingredients like honey, found in our beefriendly products, draws in moisture from the air, this help's to keep skin hydrated.
Jojoba oil, (found in our Organic face and eye serum) stands out as it's the only oil to have a similar molecular structure to the sebum on our skin. This means It's able to penetrate more deeply.
2. Invest in a Humidifier
Using a humidifier has some serious skin benefits. Why? Very simply put- artificial indoor heat is naturally very drying. This dry air contributes to the cracking and peeling of the skin.
Humidifiers help to increase air hydration by forcing moisture back into the environment.
So if you’re cranking up the thermostat in the colder months you’ll want to crank up the humidifier at the same time.
3. Fall diet
Cut down on the coffee and alcohol, this can add to dehydrated skin, especially combined with indoor heating and harsh outdoor winds.
Focus on hydrating more. Whilst it's easy to hydrate in the summer with green juice and cool water, it's best, as the weather turns to hydrate with warm,caffeine-free, herbal teas.
We thrive when we're in sync with nature so eating seasonally just makes sense. Load up on seasonal root vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin.
Pumpkin, in particular, is an excellent source of nutrients such as Vitamins A, C, and E, along with minerals such as magnesium & Folate.
They're a good source of antioxidants that help to keep signs of premature aging like fine lines, wrinkles & age spots at bay.
Every 35 days your skin replaces itself and your body makes new cells from the food you eat.
What you eat literally becomes you.
Pumpkin soup for radiant skin
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups 100% pumpkin puree or fresh cooked pumpkin
2 cups of vegetable stock
4 cups of coconut milk
½ teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
Cilantro/Parsley/seeds to top (optional)
Sauté the chopped onion and garlic in the olive oil over medium heat until the onions are translucent.
Slowly stir in the remaining ingredients and bring to the boil.
Turn down the heat and simmer for approx 20 minutes until the soup has thickened a little.
Puree with a stick blender (if needed).
Top with a little chopped cilantro & pumpkin seeds for those extra skin benefits!
Voila - simple, nutritious & delicious!
This soup can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days and freezes really well.
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Lisa is a contributing writer for Bee-friendly. A certified holistic health coach, blogger & yoga teacher for 10 years. Passionate about health and wellness, natural remedies and plant-based nutrition. You can find her on Instagram @livesimplylisa