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Read on to find out how to protect mind, body, and skin during the colder months.
GIVE YOUR SKIN A BOOST
When the weather cools, and the air gets dry, it’s important to take steps to lock moisture into your skin, so you don’t get dry and chapped.
The way to achieve this is by stepping up your skincare regime. Winter is not the time to skimp on skincare, and your usual light lotion might not be adequate.
In the morning, opt for a rich cream, and at night choose a hard-working moisturiser.
Once a week or more, apply a rich mask that contains collagen. Collagen is a wonder ingredient that helps to heal redness and dryness brought on by the cold, plus it gives the skin a boost of much-needed moisture.
You may expect an onslaught of cold and flu infections this winter, so we recommend you take our 6 steps to boost your immune system:
Concentrate on getting the right nutrients.
Take steps to stay hydrated.
Get plenty of rest.
Consume plenty of vitamin C during the winter, as well as other potent antioxidants, most of which can be found in fruits and vegetables. (Top tip: opt for produce that’s rich in colour, as the deeper the tone, the higher the number of antioxidants!)
Stay Warm. The drop in temperature during the winter can affect your body’s ability to fight off infections, so be sure to keep your house well heated and get out the snuggly blankets!
Consider visiting a thermal spa to give your body a boost of warmth and relaxation.
Follow these steps and there is a good chance you’ll get through the cold winter months without as much as a sniffle.
DON’T NEGLECT YOUR ARMS, LEGS AND FEET
Cold weather does more than dry out your skin and make you chilly—a far greater concern is that it can narrow your arteries and blood vessels, in turn restricting blood circulation and reducing oxygen to your heart.
Because of this, your heart is forced to beat faster to circulate blood through the constricted vessels, and, as a result, there is an increase in your heart rate and blood pressure.
Blood circulation is essential not just for now but for later in life, as high blood pressure often leads to heart failure. Therefore, it’s crucial you do everything you can to ensure your blood is circulating as it should and to look out pins and needles, the dreaded tell-tale sign of poor blood circulation.
HOW TO PROVIDE PROPER BLOOD CIRCULATION
Exercise is an excellent way to get your blood flowing. Try for at least 30 minutes of reasonably vigorous exercise.
Go for regular massages during the winter. Massage is a great way to stimulate blood circulation and the lymph vessels, so be sure to book yourself a massage (or three!) this winter.
Try and drink more water, as dehydration leads to poor blood circulation.
If you’re a smoker, it may be time to stop, as poor circulation is one of the most damaging side-effects of tobacco.
THE WINTER BLUES
It’s not uncommon to suffer from the blues during the cold winter months. And while scientists are unsure what causes Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), the official name for the winter blues, they all agree that there are steps you can take to escape the winter relatively unscathed.
Get out in the sun as much as you can and allow as much natural light as possible in your home, as sunlight is a natural mood booster.
As well as helping with blood circulation, regular exercise has been found to treat mild to moderate depression, so make regular workouts a habit.
Don’t keep yourself hidden away just because it’s chilly! Seek out friends who make you feel good about yourself, which will give your mood a natural boost.
Eat well. Poor nutrition can make you feel sluggish and down while eating a balanced diet will ensure you have all the vitamins and micro nutrients you need to keep your mood elevated.
All this may be a lot to consider, especially since winter can be one of the busiest times of the year, especially with the run-up to Christmas but it’s important to take care of yourself. Plus, you’ll be so much better off when Autumn finally comes around.