(The Best Years in Life)
Although summer may be approaching, late winter to early spring still brings
harsh weather that threatens the health of your skin. Dry, cold air steals the
protective layer of oil that keeps your skin moist. The lack of oil causes dry,
itchy skin that is prone to cracking. Any trauma to the skin could cause flare
ups of conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Even being indoors does not help
because heaters dry out the air too, robbing your skin of moisture. Although you
cannot completely prevent dry skin, you can minimize the potential trauma and
reduce the likelihood of flare ups and cracking.
Bathing Tips to Protect Your Skin
Few things feel as wonderful as a long hot shower or bath on
a cold day. Unfortunately, this is exactly what you should not do if you want to
keep your skin healthy and moist. Bathing time should be kept to a minimum.
Using lukewarm water instead of hot water is also preferable.
Avoid using soap to wash your face. Soap lather is harsh and drying. A face
cleanser specific to your skin type gets the best results. You do want to wash
off any dirt or make up to keep your skin clean.
When you get out of the shower, be sure not to hurt your skin by harshly drying
yourself off with a towel. A better way to get dry is to gently pat yourself
with a towel. This prevents damage to your skin and helps to maintain moisture.
Only pat dry your skin until it is slightly damp, not completely dry, and then
Natural ways to moisturize your skin
Putting on moisturizer helps give your skin back what it
loses from wind and cold weather. Some people with conditions like psoriasis and
eczema find that wrapping their skin with a plastic wrap after applying
moisturizer makes their skin extra soft. Try leaving plastic wrap on for 30 to
When shopping for a moisturizer, look for the most natural moisturizing
ingredients. Almond oil and cocoa butter are two excellent skincare ingredients
perfect for extra dry skin. They both smell delicious and are available at
natural food stores. Aloe vera is another cold weather-friendly natural
ingredient. It moisturizes, tones and soothes irritated skin. Aloe vera plants
are easy to care for and give you access to fresh aloe any time. You can also
buy aloe vera gel or juice.
What to wear for healthy skin
Tight clothing rubs against your skin and could cause the
trauma that leads to flare ups. It can also irritate otherwise healthy skin.
Certain fabrics, including polyester and wool, increase itchiness.
Do your skin a favor and wear clothes made out of breathable fabrics that are
soft to the touch. Looser clothing causes less irritation even if you sweat.
Use a humidifier
A humidifier is an easy way to keep your home or office
skin-friendly. A moisture level of between 30 and 50 percent is ideal. You can
measure the humidity in your home or office with a hygrometer.
Care for your lips
Dry lips are almost begging to be licked, but if you want to
protect your skin apply lip balm instead. Licking your lips can make them more
dehydrated because saliva is alkaline. If a lip balm doesn't do the trick, try
taking an extra soft toothbrush and gently brushing away flakes. To prevent dry
lips, use lip balm every time you eat, drink or go outside.
Following these tips leads to healthier skin with fewer cold weather flare ups.
You should also remember to apply sunscreen even when sunlight is weaker during
overcast days. Snow reflects up to 80 percent of sunlight so even if the sun is
barely shining, pack on the sunscreen.
Sárka-Jonae Miller is a health and fitness expert. She began working in the
fitness industry in 2000 while pursuing a BS in journalism at Syracuse
University. She became certified as a personal fitness trainer and group
exercise instructor in 2003. She has also received training in massage therapy.
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