With winter just around the corner that means a change in our clothing choices and daily routines. It’s also a good time to take a hard look at our daily skin care regimen. During the colder months our skin becomes drier due to the drop in humidity, which causes the skin to lose water and thus moisture. There are a few proactive steps you can take to help keep your skin looking its best. Here are five tips for healthier and more vibrant skin from Elena Klimenko, M.D., a New York based integrative medical practitioner:
- Drink Plenty of Water. Not only is water important in many vital bodily functions, but it also helps the body flush out toxins that can leave your skin looking dull. Be sure to consume lots of water when enjoying indulgences such as coffee and alcohol because they deplete the body of water.
- Eat a Balanced Diet. Maintaining healthy, radiant skin starts from within. Foods rich in vitamin C help fight free radicals that break down collagen, which causes wrinkles. Foods rich in antioxidants, such as pomegranates, are vital in maintaining healthy skin. Find fun new recipes to incorporate these key foods into your diet.
- Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. When the holiday season approaches, our stress levels often rise. Unfortunately, stress can sometimes show up on our skin in the form of acne or pre-mature wrinkles. Manage your stress this season with activities such as yoga, pilates and meditation.
- Stay Active. During the cooler months it can be difficult to stay motivated to work out, however, hitting the gym can help you maintain healthy skin. Increased blood flow during exercise helps nourish skin cells. Sweating also helps flush toxins out of the body, helping the skin look more radiant.
- Soothe Skin the Natural Way. Homeopathic Calendula topicals, made from a Garden marigold, can help keep the skin moisturized.* Calendula Cream’s soothing and moisturizing texturize makes it ideal for nighttime use as a facial cream. When your lips are feeling chapped, Calendula Ointment’s thicker formula can keep your lips moisturized.* And, with colds being abundant this time of year, the ointment can help soothe a raw nose.*
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About Dr. Klimenko
Elena Klimenko, M.D., is board certified in internal medicine and operates the New York based Healthy, Wealthy & Wise Medical, P.C., medical practice. In her medical practice, Dr. Klimenko takes a holistic approach to treat her patients, integrating conventional medicines with alternative medicines to address the root of their illness. For more information on Dr. Klimenko visit: Drelenaklimenko.com
*These “Uses” have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.