Spring is here! Hooray!!
We’ve finally made it to the end of another long, somewhat odd, winter and can start enjoying the warmer weather. We pull ourselves out of hibernation to bask in the long sunny days and breathe the intoxicating scent of blossoming flowers. As we take that first beautiful breath of the fresh spring air, it begins: red, puffy eyes, a runny nose and a general onslaught of allergy symptoms as our body attacks itself. The truth is, as much as we love this season, we could live without the allergies, inflammation and irritation that it can cause. While most seasonal allergies affect the respiratory system, many of the symptoms also affect our skin. Those of us with blotchy, sensitive skin are usually the first to notice the effects of the change in season. Here is the ÀTOI guide to taking care of your skin despite any allergy induced havoc.
- Alkaline Water: Drinking water is so important for all skin types, but especially for a complexion that is sensitive and irritated—and the right water makes such a difference. Alkaline water actually helps to balance the acidity in the body which minimizes blotches and redness.
- Avoid Fruit Drinks and Soda: Liquids like fruit juices and sodas very acidic and contribute to blotchy, uneven skin.
- Easy on Acidic Food: Oranges in particular, but any citrus, even apples and tomatoes are not good for sensitive, irritation prone skin. They, along with vinegar, are too acidic and can be very troublesome to those suffering from redness and certain types of acne.
- Avoid Dairy: Too much dairy, especially cheese, can cause eruptions and coarsen the skin over time. Fortunately there are now a variety of non-dairy cheese choices; most of the more palatable ones come from cashews or walnuts.
- Green Tea/Calendula Compress: Green Tea and Calendula have excellent healing and anti-inflammatory properties. Make a tea for drinking to calm down the system internally and use as a cool compress to soothe any irritated skin, especially around the eyes. First, fill a tea ball with equal parts loose green tea and loose calendula. Put distilled water in medium pot and bring to a boil. Place the tea ball in the boiling distilled water, lower the heat and let simmer for 25-30 min. This will make a whole kettle of tea. Drink 2-3 cups to calm you from the inside out and put the rest in a glass pitcher in the fridge. You can even drink a few glasses of this mixture cold. Then, with the remaining tea, create a cool compress. Dip non-sterile rolled cotton in the tea mixture and place on the irritated areas. Take the compress on and off every few minutes for about 15 minutes. You’ll soon see the redness and puffiness in the eye area disappear.
- Avocados: Avocados are rich in Vitamins that work to quickly regenerate, heal and hydrate the skin, making it a great addition to the diet of anyone suffering from either dry or sensitive skin.
- Brown Rice: Brown Rice has a high concentration of B Complex, which calms both the stomach and the complexion.
- Squash Pasta: Believe it or not, gluten can be as hard on the skin as it is the stomach. If you’re a die hard pasta lover, try replacing conventional pasta with zucchini or butternut squash cut into pasta-like spirals. Cook the “pasta” in Spectrum Cold Pressed Apricot Oil with 3-4 Scallions, Artichoke Hearts and Peas for a simple, tasty, skin-friendly dish!
No matter what season it may be, you can have beautiful skin. It just takes a few dietary adjustments and a conscientious choice to be gentle and kind to your skin, especially when it’s irritated.
Now get out there and enjoy some nice weather!
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