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Olive oil is our best ally against the cold, snow and frost. Here's how to use it

Winter has arrived with arrogance and is being felt, even on our skin. Face and hands are put to a severe test. The extra virgin olive oil can give lipids to the skin, to protect and nourish

The low temperatures are certainly not the best friends of our skin.

When the climate is harsh, or alternate days and very cold days myths, is necessary to prevent damage to the skin.

Why in winter the skin tends to dry out?

Our body has mechanisms for prodigious perform its functions and meet the needs of ordinary and extraordinary that relate to life, adapting to the external environment.
In winter, in order to maintain a constant body temperature, the body puts in place a mechanism known as vasoconstriction: the peripheral blood vessels constrict, so that less blood flow in the outer zones of the body. This is to prevent heat loss, that is holding back the blood and the heat inside: the goal is to operate at its best the vital internal organs: heart, liver, lungs, kidneys, intestines ...
The outside of the body (in this case, the skin and extremities) will then get by with less blood than usual. And, therefore, with less nourishment.

That's because the skin in winter sees decrease its functionality: less blood flowing means less oxygen and fewer nutrients that reach the skin and sebaceous glands. The effect will be a decrease in the hydro-lipid film and therefore less able to protect.
Perceive our skin thinner, more sensitive, drier and more exposed to the elements.
You can also create microcracks epidermal and, in more severe cases, cuts and painful injuries, such as fissures that appear at the ends of the fingers.
Hands are particularly susceptible to problems, since the wash more often than other parts of the body, and this only delipidizzarle further, exposing more

What is the solution? One: grease the skin. With the right fats and the right way.

How to protect or treat skin assaulted by the cold?

Many are natural fats that are good for your skin. One of the best is just our beloved olive oil, can riapportare lipids to the skin, to protect it from water loss through evaporation and nourish it, preserving the elasticity.
Olive oil is an excellent protective shield for the hands and lips, and for all other areas of the body and face that "pull" or are damaged by cold. A shield that still allows the skin to breathe.

Here are some practical tips on how to use olive oil to protect the skin when the climate is harsh.

Face

Before going to bed, dip your fingers in olive oil and wipe it with a gentle massage, especially on dry or sensitive areas (lips, around the eyes, cheeks, etc.). It can also be massaged all over your face, if our skin is very dry. Be careful not to get it going in the eye.
Allow to work for the oil alone for ten minutes, then apply moisturizer over the usual, all over your face.
Our cream will blend well to oil, allowing the oil itself to be more easily absorbed by the skin.
This treatment should be performed every night, and can be repeated in the morning before leaving home.
Typically the skin quickly incorporates the oil, especially if it is very dry. But if you perceive your skin too "greasy", just wait 10-15 minutes for the oil to be absorbed along with the cream. If even so the sentissimo too greasy, just lightly dab your face with a tissue, just before you leave home.

Hands

For the hands treatment is analogous, and the amount of oil can be increased.
Before going to bed, well ungiamole oil, insisting in the grooves, on the back and on the nails. Then we apply a cream (any hand cream or body) to help the oil to soak.
This should be the last thing to do before going to sleep (also to avoid touching anywhere with greasy hands!)
In the morning, the treatment can be repeated.
Recall that the fact that the skin is oily is a positive, it means that your skin is slowly absorbing the oil. But if you just can not bear to leave fingerprints of oil, just rub your palms and fingertips with a handkerchief before leaving the house (on the back no, it is better to leave it to absorb grease and oil slowly).
When we go out, we try to wear gloves to protect the skin further.

Supply

Move towards a diet rich in vitamins and minerals can certainly come in handy, because their deficiency can make your skin more fragile and therefore more easily attacked.
Eat fruits and vegetables in winter, raw and cooked, will help us to tolerate the winter making good vitamins, minerals and other nutrients (essential not only for the skin but also to support our natural defenses by seasonal ailments).
Olive oil, with its contribution of unsaturated fatty acids, fat-soluble vitamins (like vitamin E) and other antioxidants can help to ensure the long-elasticity of the skin and its defenses.
Need to limit red meat, preferring legumes, fish, poultry, eggs. Also useful to introduce spices instead of salt, and slightly increase this season the consumption of dried fruit.
It 's always advisable to drink at least 1.5-2 liters of water a day, because the moisture must be supported with external and internal, without which our efforts would be in vain. If we did not want to drink water, we can opt for hot drinks that, in addition to give a little 'heat and relief from a cold day, can facilitate the process of hydration (and winter is perhaps the most pleasant to drink).

by Diana Malcangi
14 february 2015, Technical Area > Olive & Oil

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