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9 Top Tips for Healthy Skin Care During Winter

Snow is probably outside your door right now. You must be all bundled up in your sweater and jackets. For the winter season, everyone is always prepared from the cold and warming themselves. So is your skin ready for the cold weather or the freezing snow?

8 Top Tips for Skin Care During Winter

Here are the things you can do to take care of your skin this winter.

  1. Don’t forget to moisturize – having extra dry skin, especially during winter can trigger keratosis pilaris, it’s a condition that makes you skin rough. Use oil-based moisturizers to add a protective layer to your skin. It can help retain moisture, better than water-based one’s, lotions or creams.
  2. Protect your hands – the skin there are thinner, compared to other parts of the human body. Whenever you go outside during winter don’t forget to wear your gloves to keep your hands warm and moist. Use alcohol-free sanitizers and soap to avoid having chapping, parched hands.
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  3. Use honey on your skin – mix it with sugar as a scrub to soften stubbornly, dry, rough patches on your knees and elbows. Honey and sugar increase the blood circulation to your skin, this is helpful especially during winter when your body heat is diverted to your core.
  4. Hydrate for your skin – Drinking water helps dehydrated skin. In the winter where most of the time your skin is dry, it’s best to drink water from time to time to keep it hydrated and moist.
  5. Gently exfoliate – Use cleansing milk or mild foaming cleanser and alcohol-free toner for your face. Harsh peels mask and astringents or alcohol based toners can strip vital oil from your skin. Avoid drawing out moisture, so use them a little less often.
  6. Avoid super-hot baths – This might be tempting especially during winter but pass up from this. Intense heat from taking a shower or bath can break down the lipid barriers that actually helps to moisturize your skin. Experts advised taking a warm bath and staying in water in a short amount of time.
  7. Don’t forget your feet – Before you sleep, softly scrub your feet using a pumice stone or a hydrating scrub to remove dead skin cells and calluses. Then apply generous amounts of petroleum jelly or glycerin, instead of your normal lotion. You should also wear socks overnight.
  8. Wear the right pajamas – Use clothes made from tightly woven fabrics likes cotton or cotton flannel. The softer the fabrics you use for your sheets and sleepwear the better.
  9. Use your gloves – Protect your hands from getting cold and getting dry. After applying your lotion and moisturizer in your hands, glove up.

So when winter comes your skin is ready with the help of these tips. Don’t forget to keep these and follow the tips too!

Chicken Brussels Sprouts with Rosemary Puree – Phase 3

A drizzle of pan juices ties everything together to make a complete meal that perfectly suits this winter season. Generally speaking, our chicken brussels sprouts with Rosemary Puree made it to our Phase 3 delectable meal.

Chicken Brussels Sprouts with Rosemary Puree

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 pound Brussels sprouts, cut in half from top to stem
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • sea salt
  • Fresh-ground black pepper
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 4 chicken drumsticks
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crumbled, or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 4 cups drained and rinsed white beans (from two 19-ounce cans)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley

Directions:

  1. Heat the oven to 450°. In a medium bowl, toss the Brussels sprouts with 1 tablespoon of the oil, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 of teaspoon pepper. Set aside.
  2. Put the chicken pieces in a large roasting pan and toss with 1 tablespoon of oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  3. Arrange the chicken pieces about 1 inch apart, skin-side up, and roast for 25 minutes.
  4. Add the Brussels sprouts and continue cooking until the chicken and sprouts are done, about 12 minutes longer. Transfer them to plate and leave to rest in a warm spot for about 5 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, the garlic, and the rosemary over low heat, stirring, for 3 minutes.
  6. Raise the heat to moderate and add the beans, 1/4 cup of the water, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Cook, mashing the beans to a coarse puree, until hot, about 5 minutes. Stir in the parsley.
  7. Pour off the fat from the roasting pan. Set the pan over moderate heat and add the remaining 1/4 cup water. Bring to a boil, scraping the bottom of the pan to dislodge any brown bits.
  8. Boil until reduced to 1/4 cup, about 4 minutes. Add any accumulated juices from the chicken and a pinch each of salt and pepper.
  9. Spoon the white-bean puree onto plates and top with the chicken, the Brussels sprouts, and then the pan juices.

5 Healthy Tips this Winter Season

Most of us dreaded the Winter season because it impedes us to do our daily routine and most often, it left us with no choice but to stay indoors. Winter not only destroys our exercise routine but, it can also be awful in terms with our skin, nails, and hair. Not to mention most of our favorite fresh foods are scarce during winter. These challenges can be overwhelming as we continue our fast metabolism diet journey. How do we overcome this seasonal challenge?

5 Healthy Tips this Winter Season

In this blog post, we give you 5 healthy tips to survive the Winter season and what to do when you a flu strikes.

1. Have a Proper Hydration

Because of the coldness we felt during the Winter season, we tend to drink less water. But what we don’t know is that we need to drink water as much as we need on summer. Our skin is very dry during the winter season, so it’s important that we properly hydrate ourselves.

Stay with your routine of drinking water half of your body weight (in ounces) per day and add a lemon or lime for some variation. Read more about benefits of drinking water here.

2. Exercise regularly.

You might feel incredibly lazy in physical activities like workout because of the gloomy weather, but that’s not an excuse to skip your workout. If you cannot run outside, run on a treadmill instead. If you don’t have a treadmill, turn on your speaker and go dance! Your workout will become a whiz before you even realize that you’re now sweating profusely! Be creative and find ways to exercise indoors.

3. Eat and Embrace Winter Veggies

Don’t get discouraged if you are not able to eat your favorite veggies this season. It’s a perfect time for you to start exploring new and delicious veggies for a good diet. You can try Jicama, Kohlrabi, Endive, and Spaghetti Squash.

4. Indulge with Soups

Get the amazing benefits of soups this Winter season! This is the perfect opportunity for you to demonstrate your delectable soup recipes and warm our tummy and heart. Season it with herbs and spices to add more aroma and taste. Make your place smelling good with this. Check out our soup recipes here. You can pair it with a cup of your favorite hot chocolate in Phase 3, or herbal teas in any phase.

5. Sleep Longer

Did you have problems achieving your ideal sleeping time? Winter season is the perfect time to get a good night’s sleep. Our body naturally responds to the environment’s darkness and gloomy weather, making you feel tired and sleepy. So instead of fighting it, give in and relish a good night sleep.

Winter season can be tough for our fast metabolism diet journey, but with sheer determination and persistence, we can overcome it and enjoy this season while keeping ourselves healthy.