Oh Hi Winter!

So Winter showed up here in New York City, kind of announced herself so people knew she was in the building, but then came in with a whole lotta baggage.  Snow, sleet and rain.  Well damn…HIIII!

You know what else Winter brought with her…dry air and low humidity.  You know what that means, our skin will become dry, itchy and flaky. UGH!  But this is an easy fix, we just need to change our diet and skincare routine.  Let’s start from the inside out. 

First, I drink plenty of water.  Especially warm water.  It’s hydrates you and promotes blood circulation.  Also, having toxins in the body can lead to pre-mature aging. NOPE!  Drinking warm water breaks down fat deposits and removes toxins from the body while repairing skin cells to increase elasticity. 

Second, I make sure I eat foods that promotes major skin health.  Here are some of the food I incorporate into my diet.  Here are a few items from Dr. Axe…great article BTW.

Berries, especially Blueberries. “They have been shown to delay aging and promoting longevity. Most research on the health benefits of blueberries focuses on their cognitive benefits, protecting memory-associated regions in the brain from oxidative damage and slowing age-related damage to brain cells.

Blueberries are rich in anthocyanins, a compound credited for its anti-aging effects, limiting cellular damage caused by of free radicals and preventing a large array of ailments.”

Did someone say DARK CHOCOLATE?! “The 2010 Dietary Guideline Committee concluded that adding moderate amounts of dark chocolate in addition to a healthy, balanced diet can provide anti-aging benefits. Since dark chocolate is high in calories, eating a small piece of chocolate with the highest percent of cacao (70–90 percent) is enough to help slow the effects of aging, according to research published in Antioxidants & Redox Signaling.”  

Nuts.  I’m nuts for nuts!  “Eating nuts as part of a balanced diet can add years to your life by helping prevent chronic disease, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and cognitive decline. Nuts contain both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, and both compounds have been associated with reduced heart disease and type 2 diabetes risk. Because all vascular factors have been related to cognition, nuts may have the potential to slow cognitive decline in older adults.

Some of the best nuts to consume for anti-aging include chestnuts, walnuts, pecans and more.”

SalmonSalmon has high amounts of astaxanthin, a super antioxidant and carotenoid known for its unique anti-aging benefits. Astaxanthin is produced by algae, bacteria and fungi, and it concentrates higher up the food chain as these primary producers are consumed for food.

In a study, this substance inhibited oxidative damage to DNA by reducing C-reactive protein and strengthening the immune system. Astaxanthin increased HDL cholesterol and decreased triglycerides by improving circulation of blood. Astaxanthin’s clinical success extends beyond protection against inflammation and oxidative stress, making it useful to prevent or slow the signs of aging.”

Avocado “Avocado has been in the spotlight recently as a superfood, containing phytochemicals and important essential nutrients to prevent the negative effects of aging. Avocados are packed with monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants, which are key compounds into keeping your arteries healthy and young.”

Third, I use all natural products to keep my skin supple and glowing.  I started making my own products because I didn’t want to put toxins (remember we’re trying to flush those out with the warm water) on my skin.  I see a HUGE difference.

It’s so important to exfoliate during the winter.  Dry skin flakes and promotes wrinkles.   By exfoliating, it removes the dead skin and makes room for fresh skin cells.  HELLO glowing skin!!!  We make a great Face and Body Scrub.  It also has oils and butters for moisturizing.  This is my go to in morning when I’m pressed for time. 

MOISTURIZE!  Winter is relentless on skin and will dull and crack it.  We don’t want that!  You need to keep that glowing skin moisturized 24/7.  Do this as soon as you get out of the shower.  You want to lock in your skin’s natural moisture to help the skin stay hydrated.  Our Whipped Face and Body Butter is great for this time of the year.

 Making these steps will help you keep your skin in good health all Winter long!  

Francesca DeCapita