Winter and Holiday Health Care for Your Skin

It’s prep-time  for winter and the holidays. I’m not talking about gift giving and snow shovels. Cold dry air, colds and flu, closed-in environments and stress. These are just a few of the situations that will have a drain and strain on your health, your skin and your psyche. You are, as always, in charge. You can begin now to protect your skin, hair, your health and emotional stability.

We always want to be looking our best for the end of year holidays.  It must be all those photos we know we’ll be in. So, let’s begin with keeping your skin healthy, youthful and vibrant – always the goal, holidays or not. The fall season starts to bring changes into the skin that may seem unexpected. Skin may break out, seem irritated, lose moisture or appear blotchy. This may be due to allergens from plants and trees, changes in indoor, more closed-in, environments or the stress of new schedules.

To counteract any imbalances – and begin your protection from the upcoming winter changes – you’ll want to provide the skin with fats (moisturizers), antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and cell regenerative nutrients. A diet rich in these properties is your starting point. Salmon, olive oil, dark berries, and a host of colorful foods, called the Rainbow Diet, will provide much of the nutrition your body – and skin – need. The very same nutrients in these foods are what you also want for your skin.

A topical cream with dark berries and – what? – salmon? Yes. It can be done.

I recently reformulated and perfected a serum I came up with years ago – now called Perfect Skin. It contains a blend of  organic cranberry seed, raspberry seed, blackberry seed and rosehip seed oils. These oils contain a rich amount of essential fatty acids that provide antioxidant protection and deep moisture to the skin. In this blend I include sea buckthorn extract with a unique omega-7 fatty acid that provides strength and stability for skin cells. These berry oils are rich in the antioxidants Vitamin E and beta-carotene.Blueberries



Like the Rainbow Diet, the formula contains nutrients that provide protection and healing to skin – this includes the powerful anti-inflammatory antioxidant alpha lipoic acid, a non-GMO derived vitamin E and a special  vitamin C that is functionally skin absorbent. These are dietary and skin conditioning necessities. Niacinamide, a B vitamin, is added for its ability to reduce dark spots in the skin.



Salmon dinnerSalmon is the perfect face-food. So, how do you get these benefits into your skin care? With astaxanthin extract of course. Astaxanthin, the compound giving the red color to salmon, is derived from a red algae and is a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and protects skin from sun damage (I talk about this for use in sun care and I only use Perfect Skin as my botanical sunscreen). Astaxanthin and a high amount of omega-3 fatty acids is why salmon is so good for the skin.

The fats – organic coconut and sunflower seed oils, camellia oil, shea butter, cocoa butter and lecithin, a phospholipid – are combined with all the other ingredients to create a harmonizing effect that mimics the skin’s natural protective layer. Many people, due to stress and environmental conditions, have a compromised lipid barrier and the damaged skin conditions that go along with it. This formula recreates the dewy, luscious and smooth appearance, with the immune and environmental protection, that the natural lipid layer provides. Woman Face Christmas

Then, there are the essential oils. Repair, restore, regenerate and relieve stress. Yes, relieve the stress that causes so much damage to your skin with essential oils. Read the upcoming companion blog – Essential Oils for Winter and Holiday Skin Care and Health.