Dry, flaky winter skin? The Wellness Duo answer your most pressing winter skin questions
In the northern parts of North America it’s winter, which means dry, flaky, itchy, uncomfortable skin.
What can you do to keep your skin hydrated and healthy during the brutal winter months?
Tijen Yalchin and Ashley Short are here to answer your winter skin questions so you can keep the largest organ of your body happy even when it’s -20.
1. My hands and feet see to be dry all the time in the winter. Do you have any tips on how to keep these especially dry areas moist in the winter?
The winter can be very difficult on the skin. At Earth Kisses Sky, we promote a number of wellness techniques to keep certain areas moist and nourished.
One approach we recommend is using a moist cannabis topical like our Skin Healing & Beauty Salve.
Its herbal ingredients have excellent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-acne properties which play an important role in skin health. Applying this salve on the dry, flaky and cracked areas of your skin a few times a day should help bring down the inflammation, while adding moisture to the skin. Our salve is designed to bring moisture to the skin while trapping in what is already o the skin. We recommend it’s best applied to damp skin.
You may even want to try applying some salve to your hands and feet and slipping them into gloves or socks to lock in the moisture with heat.
2. Winter can often mean dry, flaky skin all over the body. What would your approach be from an integrated health perspective to alleviate dry skin in the winter?
There are a number of ways you can bring more moisture into your environment and to your body. One helpful tip is to keep a humidifier circulating in your home or bedroom while you sleep to ensure that moisture is being infused into your skin on the regular.
In your diet, you can focus on integrating fatty acids, which keep the skin hydrated. Examples include nuts, seeds, coconut oil, avocadoes, and wild salmon.
3. I seem to get Eczema flareups in the winter. What can I do to combat them?
Eczema is a sign that your body is out of balance and often related to your gut health. “Your skin is a reflection of your expression”; when something is going on internally, it usually reflects on the skin. This happens in both adult and children. During the winter months, our skin becomes dryer and we experience eczema and psoriasis flare-ups due to the sudden temperature changes and dry air.
Probiotic foods are essential, as they help support your gut health and your immune system. Probiotic-rich foods include sauerkraut, kimchi, coconut kefir, and fermented tempeh. Fatty acids like the ones mentioned above also help boost the skin’s natural oil barrier, which is essential to keeping the skin hydrated.
Be very minimalist with your skin care regime; a lot of unnatural products like face washes, body washes, and soaps that contain harsh chemicals can elevate problems with eczema. Avoid petroleum jelly as it does not allow the skin to breathe, and prevents its natural healing process. The skin eats up everything that is placed on it as the body’s largest organ!
4. As we age skin seems to lose its elasticity, causing it to look saggy. Is there anything we can do to help this, from an integrated health perspective?
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Using the Earth Kisses Sky Skin Healing & Beauty Salve helps bring moisture to the skin. Best applied on damp skin and at night, this will help speed up the cellular repair process.
Using other topical products such as Vitamin C Ester helps produce collagen and hinder inflammation that can cause free radicals, providing a protection to the cell wall when free radicals attack. Alpha Lipoic Acid is a universal antioxidant that speeds up the repair process in cells, fights free radicals, and helps minimize lines and wrinkles, under eye bags and puffiness, enlarged pores, and acne scars while brightening the skin and making it look less dull.
Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE) is an antioxidant membrane stabilizer, helping the cell plasma membrane to rest. It is a food-grade substance that is safe to take internally. It is particularly helpful for loss of firmness to the skin, fine lines above and below the lips, and stressed, over-tired skin.
Vitamins and minerals include Vitamin A (no more than 500IU as it can accumulate and become toxic); B-Complex (no more than 50-100mg per day); Vitamin C (1000mg per day, or 3000-5000mg for those over 50); Vitamin E (200 IU per day; some days more), this can be taken topically or internally for the tone of facial muscles. Co-enzyme Q10 (30-100mg per day, as this antioxidant can be quickly depleted and must be replenished).
5. How is it possible that cannabis products could be good for many different skin issues?
The skin is the largest organ in the body, and thus is just one way that the body’s incredible endocannabinoid system (ECS) can be accessed. Cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) are found within the skin. These receptors produce endocannabinoids, which engage the endocannabinoid system, acting as a regulator of the health of the body’s main health systems. Phyto-cannabinoids, from the cannabis plant, and which are found in cannabis topicals help add more of what is already there within out endocannabinoid system.
According Joshua Zeichner, MD, a New York-based dermatologist, cannabinoids bind to a special set of receptors in the skin known as TRPV-1 receptors, where it can help feelings of heat, itch, and pain. Most commonly, topicals containing cannabis placed on the skin will produce an anti-inflammatory effect, while boosting immune function.
6. If I use cannabis-based topicals will I get high?
You will not get “high” when you use a cannabis topical that contains THC. Rather, you may feel a slight tingly sensation as THC begins to reduce inflammation within affected skin areas. The skin will absorb the topical, but the THC will not absorb into the blood stream like inhaled or ingested cannabis.
7. What role does THC play vs. CBD in a topical cannabis skincare product?
THC and CBD are two of the most important cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. They work together, while enhancing each other’s effectiveness in a process known as The Entourage Effect. THC and CBD both hold anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, which are incredibly beneficial for the skin.
THC is especially helpful for pain relief, as it acts as an immediate anti-inflammatory and provides immediate relief from skin issues. CBD has been regarded for its potential to prevent wrinkles, fight acne, and alleviate dry skin. When used together, The Entourage Effect has CBD and THC working in harmony, each increasing the other’s effectiveness and overall benefits.
The team at JustAddOil.ca combines holistic medicine, nutrition, and medicinal cannabis to provide relief from pain and help regulate the body through its endocannabinoid systems. Through their work, they contribute to the health and well-being of the whole person through their integrated clinical practice that includes acupuncture, massage, holistic nutrition, holistic medicine. Their array of infused medical cannabis products is designed to reduce pain and inflammation and promote healing. Earth Kisses Sky offers medical cannabis salve for Pain & Inflammation and Healing & Beauty. Original blog post for AlphaWomenCo.com