Sure, hot chocolate and roaring fires are cozy, but short winter days can make anyone feel sluggish and sad. This time of year, when we’re all spending more time alone and indoors because of COVID, in addition to the colder weather, it’s especially easy to get down in the dumps. It helps to remember that simple habits, like the ones below, can lift your spirits in the colder months—and year-round! And of course, these tips help out with skin health, too! 😉
Let the light in.
Let natural sunlight through your windows. The sun’s rays allow the body to make vitamin D, an essential nutrient for mood health. Just don’t forget to wear sunscreen when you’re in the light, even indoors! Our Moisturizing Sunscreen
is a tried-and-true formula that we know you'll love!
Get some exercise.
The physicians at the Mayo Clinic
recommend a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity every week. In addition to promoting good heart health, exercise also eases anxiety and stress
by increasing the body’s production of endorphins (the happy hormones!). Thankfully, it’s easy to exercise even while you’re sheltering at home—you can always stream workout videos online! Exercise also increases blood flow to the skin, which promotes new skin cell growth = glowing skin! Double win!
Omega-3 fatty acids (like those found in salmon), folic acid (like that in green leafy veggies), and vitamin D (found in dairy) can all help you balance your mood in the wintertime, according to Healthline
. And don’t forget...these foods work wonders on your skin too because they help with inflammation, protection against environmental stressors and contain amino acids, the building blocks for firm skin. Feel good, look good!
Have a spa day.
Pampering the body can be good for the soul. For example, you could soak in the tub with a bath bomb and then rehydrate with our Skin Softening Body Lotion
. Or you could restore suppleness to your complexion with SkinCeuticals’ Hydrating B5 Mask
and Avène’s Cold Cream Formula Moisturizer
. Whatever you choose to do, take your time and enjoy how it feels to balance your skin and lift those spirits! .
If your sadness seems unshakeable, a mental health professional is the best person to help. But for the plain old winter blues, thoughtful self-care might just be the remedy you need. If you have any questions regarding your skin health, our team of board-certified dermatologists would be more than happy to answer them for you. Reach out to us anytime