Winter is cold. It’s dry, and it makes touching any light switch or furry pet a game of static shock roulette. The harsh winter can be a challenging season, especially for your skin. It’s your largest organ, and it does more jobs than we give it credit for. So, in light of your hard-working skin, I wanted to share a few really easy ways to take care of it! (Some of them, you might not even know about!)
Few things are worse than dry, chaffing, cracked skin. Especially in the winter. Once the damage happens, it can be a challenge and a half to fix it. So, especially with regard to your skin: prevention is better than cure.
1. Know Your Products!
Your super-floral “oatmeal” cream may actually be doing more harm than good. Especially if it has “parfum” or “sodium lauyrl/laureth sulphate” in it. These ingredients are irritants, and SLS is a sinister culprit for damaging the protective layer on your skin, making it more prone to crack and become damaged. (read: counterproductive). If you don’t know what something is, don’t put it on your skin. Read the labels on things. Don’t have time or not sure you’d recognize a bad product if you saw one? Check out the ThinkDirty App. It lets you scan product bar codes and gives you a ranking scale for how “bad” something is to be putting on your skin! Right now, it’s only available for IOS, but beta testing is in process for an Android version! Looking for some new alternatives? Check out:
2. Drink Water
General dehydration might be one of the root culprits of your dry skin. And when conditions are more harsh than usual, your body needs more water overall to stay adequately hydrated. Not convinced? Here are 5 Things You Might Not Know About Water!
3. Let Your Skin Breathe
It’s normal that if we have a blemish or skin issue, we want to cover it up. But sometimes, the products that we use to cover it up can make it worse in the end. Your skin needs a rest, especially the skin on your face! Make sure that you’re giving it enough time away from makeup or cosmetics, even the good ones! It is not healthy for your skin to be under a full face of makeup seven days a week. Not going anywhere on one of those days? Then make it a makeup vacation day! Even if you are going somewhere, you shouldn’t feel compelled to wear makeup every time that you leave the house if you don’t want to.
Dry scalp/skin? Try a mask of avocado oil; it helps to reduce irritation and soothes sore skin. It’s even good for eczema problems!
4. Get Balanced!
Some issues that crop up on your skin are actually indicators of deeper issues in your body systems. When your body exhibits symptoms that are not usual for you, or are uncomfortable etc, don’t ignore them! Your body uses these symptoms to tell you that something needs your attention. Not sure what the issue is? It could be a bioenergetic intolerance to a detergent, cream, food etc, or it could be an indicator of candida overgrowth in your body. If you’re not sure, find out what can be done about candida (yeast). Have a look at the Service Menu! There are is a package specifically for the skin! (yay!)
Winter Survival Tip:
Trying to stay away from the dreaded winter germs (they have been tenacious this year)? Be consistent not just with your vitamin C intake, but also with your hand hygiene. Have you been out to the store? Did you touch the carts? Wash your hands! Do it! Did you go to the ATM? Wash your hands! Did you touch a debit machine or cash? Lots of other people have touched those things! Wash. Your. Hands! I promise that lots of people who are at the store or the bank have germs that you don’t want, or have just been around people who have germs you’d rather not have too.
Already caught the germs? (Don’t worry, it happens to everyone. That’s why we have immune systems). A few home remedies you can try: gargle with salty warm water (it should taste kind of like warm sea water) 2-3 times daily. Drink apple juice with a pinch of salt in it. Nap. Drink lots of water. Lots. There are lots of supplements and things that you can try. if you’re looking for specific ones, you can always ask me during your appointments, I’d be more than happy to share what I usually keep on hand. But if you’re really sick, go to the doctor. It’s ok. That’s why they are there. Don’t wait around if something is really wrong.
Special Thank You!
Thank you to everyone who supported us as we participated in the February 21 Coldest Night Of The Year Walk in support of The Refuge! You were so great! It wouldn’t have been possible without you! I was so encouraged by all of your support! And if you were following along with my Instagram or Twitter profiles, you would have seen some crazy leg waxing that took place in celebration of surpassing the fundraising goals. It was such a good night, and the staff from the Refuge and their dedicated volunteers and students were incredibly hard-working! Wow!
If you wanted to walk. but didn’t get a chance to this year, make sure you do next year, because it will be even better! 🙂
Have a great week, and I look forward to seeing you at your next appointment!
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Take care, and have a great day!
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