Friday, September 18, 2009

I Love This Time Of Year!

It is the time to go see the trees starting to change colors here in Michigan.

But it also the time to start to renewed energy to your skin before the winter winds start blowing.

Dry skin is a very common skin problem and is often maddening during the winter when the humidity is low.

Here are some tips to help skin feel more comfortable during winter or anytime the air is dry.

1. Use a humidifier - If you dont' have one get one. With the windows closed and the heat on the air inside your home becomes very dry in the winter, making the dryness and itching of eczema even worse. Use a humidifier to place moisture in the air.

2. Say "No" to Hot Baths & Showers - Taking long, hot baths drys the skin and become more severe in the winter months. Try showering or bathing every other day instead of daily. Also try the short, lukewarm baths or showers routine, then when you get out pat yourself dry and moisturize right away. Appling lotion or body creme while you're skin is still damp.

3. Switch to an heavier moisturizer - (if you already battle dry skin) or a heavier lotion moisturize for other skin types.

Examples:

If you use the Pure Aloe Jelly for acne prone skin - try the Oil Free Moisturizer.
If you use the Oil Free Moisturizer for oil skin - try the Gentle Moisturizer.
Using the Gentle Moisturizer for normal to dry skin - you may want to switch to the Intense Moisturizer.

The heavier a moisturizer the more effectively it protects against moisture loss.

4. Before Going Outside in Winter - Apply a heavy layer of moisturizing broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher to the face, hands, and any other skin that may be exposed. This will act as a barrier to help protect against the harsh elements and is especially important if you will be outside for any length of time. Sunscreen is important in winter as the sun’s reflective powers are great year round - 17% on the sand and 80% on the snow.

Hey grab those gloves!

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