Friday, February 21, 2014

Avoid Winter Skin Irritations

With winter burying us at what seems like a weekly basis  (more often for some)  lots of us need to focus a little more on our skin. Dry Skin is a common issue in the winter, especially when we are staying inside more and more.  We have extreme temperature changes that can wreak havoc on our skin. When the temperature drops, so does the humidity. The dry air strips your skin of moisture, leaving it thirsty. You need to replenish it.
Hot showers and moisture stripping soaps are not the answers. 
Choose mild, moisturizing soap when showering (handmade is best because the glycerin has not been removed).  Avoid commercial made soaps labeled "Moisturizing Bar" or "Bath Bar", as these are not truly skin conditioning SOAP.  When you are done, lightly towel dry leaving a little bit of the moisture on your skin.  Seal in that moisture with a rich, healthy body lotion or cream. 
Be sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables to keep your PH balanced. (Off-Balance PH effects many skin conditions)  Green tea can also be very beneficial for this.
Avoid going out into wintery weather without some kind of moisture barrier on all exposed skin. Don't forget your lips. 

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