Skin Care - General
Moisture to the Air
Consider investing in a humidifier for your home to combat the
drying effects of heaters and furnaces. Add a few drops of
your favorite essential oil to the water to increase the
healing power of the hydrated air. Try lavender, rosewood, or
Bathe in Lukewarm Water
Hot water and soaps that contain detergents and anti-bacterial
ingredients can dry out your skin. Bathe in lukewarm water and
choose a mild soap or body wash containing moisturizer,
glycerin or plant oils. Apply body oil while still damp to
help seal in the moisture after bathing and then gently pat
your skin dry with a soft towel.
Best Moisturizer -
The best way to hydrate the skin is to soak in lukewarm water
for 15 minutes.
Diet and Skin Care
Increase your intake of essential fatty acids found in whole
grains, nuts, seeds and certain types of fish. Cook with olive
or canola oil and use olive or flaxseed oil in salad
dressings. Drink at least eight glasses of water a day to stay
hydrated and moisturize your body from the inside. Greasy
foods take a toll on your skin; try to eliminate saturated
fats and fried foods from your diet.
General Skin Care
The skin is the largest organ of the body and often the most
neglected. Taking good care of your skin should be part of
your daily routine. Intact skin is our best defense against
bacterial invasion. Winter weather often results in dry, itchy
skin. Here's some advice on relieving irritation and revealing
soft, smooth skin. Remember, a good skin care product doesn't
have to be expensive to be effective.
Lotion While Damp
Lotion is much more effective for dry skin treatment if you
apply it while your skin is damp after bathing rather than
when your skin is totally dry.
When choosing a moisturizer, look for healing ingredients such
as plant extracts, plant oils, sea algae, lanolin, glycerin,
Vitamins A, B, C, and E and pure aloe vera. Lotions with
mineral oils, perfumes or alcohol may produce an allergic
reaction or have a drying effect on the skin.
Shaving Moles Is a
Moles should never be shaved off. There is always a
possibility of infection, excess bleeding, or scarring. The
only safe alternative is to see a dermatologist.
Avoid sun exposure during the peak intensity hours - between
10 am and 4 pm (10:00 - 16:00). The risk of burning also
increases at higher altitude.
Udderly Helpful Skin
Two of the best products for easing dry skin, IMHO, are
manufactured for healing cow's udders. Try Udder Cream and Bag
Balm when your skin feels like alligator hide.
What's a Hygrometer?
Purchase an inexpensive hygrometer to measure the humidity in
your home. Lowering your home's heat and using a humidifier
will keep your home in the comfort zone and help prevent dry
skin and hair.
Winter Skin Tip
If your skin tends to be dry and itchy in the winter, turn
down the heat in your home. You'll be a lot more comfortable
in a cooler house.