Winter is Here! And that dry skin. You know, that horrible, moisture-draining annoyance where it’s almost impossible to completely close your fists without them feeling sore, tight and/or cracked. (Oww!) So, what can we do to help heal the biggest organ that we have? Or, at the very least, how do we make something as simple as closing our hands more bearable and less painful?
When the temperature drops and humidity goes below 30%, it causes flaking, cracking and bleeding skin, chapped lips, and even sore red patches. As we get older, it’s harder for us to produce sebumreplenish lost hydration.
Here are 5 ways to combat that dry skin:
1) Dress accordingly! Sounds simple enough, right? There is a rule of thumb for these cold months: Three Layers. When working outside, playing out in the snow, or walking long distances in freezing temperatures, it’s important to make sure that you’re giving your body the protection it needs.
Layer one should be “made from synthetic fibers, wool, or silk instead of cotton.” Apparently, “cotton has a tendency to trap moisture and become soggy, rapidly increasing the danger of the cold”, says Steve Ellis, Corporate Health and Safety Director via ORR Safety.
Layer two should be something like a fleece to keep the trapped, warm air close to your body.
The third layer is your armor, your shield, your front line of defense. It will keep you insulated while fighting off the elements.
But, don’t forget the accessories! Hats, leg warmers, ear muffs, and… gloves. Your gloves are SUPER important for trapping in warmth and keeping hands mobile. Make sure to keep materials in mind - while softer fabrics feel nice and more flexible, pleather gloves or ones with rubber grips will help keep them from getting soaked when you find yourself in an epic snowball fight!
2) Avoid direct heat by stay as far away from your fireplace as possible. Okay, okay- it IS really nice sitting in front of a cozy fire. But at least try your best to avoid it when your skin is at it’s driest. Sitting in front of a heat source or open flame can cause moisture andcause additional dryness.
3) Use a humidifier. When the humidity drops, it’s essential to surround yourself with a bit more humidity to help rehydrate your skin. add moisture into the air to combat painful and irritating skin conditions that dry, cold weather create.
4) Don’t take steaming hot baths or showers. (Don’t hate me! Really!! I love a long hot shower at any time… and a nice long soak in the tub is almost ritualistic to some. Just hear me out.) Hot baths or showers can actually dry your skin out. Similar to sunburn, hot water can cause skin inflammation, redness, and itching. Not only that, but it can disturb the skin’s natural moisture balance and rob you of the natural oils that keep your skin healthy.
The American Academy of Dermatology suggests you do the following: “Close the bathroom door. Limit your time in the shower or bath to 5 or 10 minutes. Use warm rather than hot water. Wash with a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser. Apply enough cleanser to remove dirt and oil, but avoid using so much that you see a thick lather. Blot your skin gently dry with a towel.”
5) Immediately after bath or shower, while your skin isbarely damp, apply a moisturizer. According to the Mayo Clinic, “When applied immediately after bathing, is able to trap some of the water still on your body and use it to hydrate your skin”.
Furthermore, The AD, Inc. suggests using a cream jojoba oil or shea butter hydrating and moisturizing effects. This is just one reason why Hawaiian Healing Skin Care’s Pure Revitalizing Face and Body Cream not only contain jojoba oil AND shea butter recommended by the AD, but also includes 17 additional natural and organic ingredients rehydrate and moisturize the skin. perfect combination of nature’s finest - to rehydrate and rejuvenate the damage
Ben Franklin stated: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” So even if you haven’t experienced the painful result of ‘Cause… ain’t nobody got time for that, am I right?! , do what you can to prevent it.Make sure to treat your skin with the respect you deserve, and the result wi be a more radiant, healthy, hydrated, beautiful you.
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