It is March and the days are getting shorter and the mornings and evenings cooler. The change of seasons can be harsh on your body and your skin, leaving you feeling dry and itchy. Everything from cooler, less humid weather and overly hot baths to hanging out too long in dry, stuffy indoor environments can deprive your complexion of moisture and wreak havoc on your skin. But with a few preparations and deliberate actions you’ll go into winter feeling strong, healthy and with a lust for life!
Boost your Immune System with the right foods
The colder months have different demands on our bodies and some nutrients become scarcer. You might feel like hibernating and eating lots of comfort food, but you’d be better off supplying your body with the nutrients to boost your immune system and fight off disease. The interesting phenomena is that the foods your body now needs, are also the vegetables and fruit that are now in season.
Zinc is a much-needed mineral that is used by the white blood cells in our immune system. You’ll find zinc in seafood and pumpkin seeds.
Digestive flora is believed to have a huge influence in how your whole body functions if you keep your gut strong the rest of your body will follow suit. Foods that will aid in this is sauerkraut, leeks, garlic, onions, sweet potatoes and green leafy vegetables.
Vitamin D helps the body to absorb and digest calcium, which in turn is essential for bone health. Vitamin D also plays a vital role in activating our T-cells, which in turn are the body’s soldiers that fight of all invaders. Foods rich in vitamin D are full-fat milk, cheeses, oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, herrings, and mushrooms can synthesise a form of vitamin D.
Vita-Earth Ionic Detox Therapy Powder is a Natural Mineral and Dietary Supplement that has numerous benefits and will help the body’s natural detoxification of unwanted chemicals, toxins and pollutants, including numerous viruses, bacteria and some parasites.
Exercise your way into better health
Aim to exercise at least 30 minutes daily. Moderate exercise like a brisk walk, cycle, or running, is perfect to keep your circulation going and blood flowing to your extremities. Remember to layer when exercising in the cold and the layer closest to your skin needs to be breathable to allow moisture to escape. If you are lucky enough to live near the sea, well, it has long been thought that sea frolicking has many health benefits. Using seawater for medical purposes even has a name: thalassotherapy. Some experts also claim that Magnesium-rich seawater can aid in relaxing your muscles, reduce stress, and help induce sleep. Cold-water swimming also activates production of certain hormones like the endorphins, adrenalin and cortisol, and these have therapeutic benefits for some musculoskeletal conditions. Frequent exposure to cold salty water has also been shown to increase the body’s immunity. So there you have it – go take a dip!
Get your beauty Sleep
Winter is the perfect time to catch up on some extra sleep and the best way to do this is with a good bedtime routine. Relax in a warm bath with a ¼ cup of Epsom Salts for at least 20 minutes every night. Your body will absorb the magnesium and sulphates that the salts provide that will help regulate the activity of enzymes, reduce inflammation, and help with muscle and nerve function. Sulphates also help improve the absorption of nutrients and flush toxins.
Staying hydrated is key
Your body might need more water during the change of seasons and the harsher winter months. Drinking enough water during winter will boost your energy as water helps the blood transport oxygen and other essential nutrients to your cells. Water also hydrates your skin cells and plumps them up, making your skin look younger. It also flushes out impurities and improves circulation and blood flow, leaving your skin clean, clear and glowing.
Protect and Prepare your Skin
Exfoliate – It doesn’t matter how much moisture you give your skin, the moisture and nutrition can’t penetrate the dead skin cells. Ginkgo’s full body exfoliation will leave your skin with a healthy natural glow, and more ready to absorb the much-needed moisture for winter.
Shorter showers – Though you might feel like taking a long hot bath or shower, especially in the winter months, this could leave your skin feeling even drier.
Protect from the sun – Even though temperatures are cooler, you need to continue to protect your skin from the sun as well as the wind with a good SPF (sun protection factor).
Daily skincare – You might want to change your skincare and use a mild cleanser that is non-drying, and a moisture rich cream. Ginkgo Spa Skincare Treatments all include a personalised consultation.
Take advantage of our Spa Specials and be prepared for winter this year!