Winter Skin Woes

Winter just began a couple a weeks ago can you believe it! It’s so chilly it seems like it’s been Winter for months! With the cold months ahead, one thing you can be sure of is dry, itchy and sometimes flaky skin. NOT a good time. Basically your skin dries out due to a lack of humidity. The air is dry; your skin is dry. It’s as simple as that.

So what can you do? Here are some basic tips that will help.

1. Moisturize- A lot! You are hopefully applying moisturizer to your face at least once a day but now maybe apply a few times if you can. At least 2. Usually you want to stay away from an oil based moisturizer, depending on your skin type of course, but for the winter, it really can help your skin. It adds a protective layer and shields your skin from the harsh dry air. The best time to moisturize your face and body is right when you get out of the shower. The warm water opens up your pores and allows the product to absorb deeper into the layers of your skin.

2. Sunscreen No, sunscreen is not just for  summer! You should be wearing sunscreen on your face every single day no matter what the weather is like, and on any other exposed areas as well. You should be wearing at least an SPF 15 but SPF 30 should really be the way to go. Anything higher than that doesn’t do much more at all, contrary to popular belief. It’s mostly marketing. Many people don’t understand that SPF (sun protection factor), means the amount of time you can spend in the direct sunlight before you have to re-apply. For example; SPF 30 means you can spend about 30-45 minutes before you need to re-apply your sunscreen. If you are just in and out of the sun throughout the day for short periods of time, applying once in the morning is efficient. So an SPF 75 etc. is not stronger. It only means it lasts a little more time protecting you before you need to re-apply.

3. Fish-Oil- This vitamin supplement contains Omega-3 fatty-acids which aids in moisturizing your skin from the inside out.

4. Exfoliate- Be sure to exfoliate your face and body at least once a week to shed a layer off your epidermis to allow moisturizers to penetrate deep into your skin.

Also remember your skin my also be dry if you’re using your heater a lot in your home. Using a humidifier is a good way to help balance the air. Try to take showers or baths using luke-warm water. I know it’s not easy trust me, I like a super hot shower but your skin doesn’t. Hot water is definitely a huge culprit in drying out your skin.

Any questions? I’m a licensed skin care therapist and I will try to answer anything I can for you. Thanks for reading!

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It’s the End of the World! -NOT

Yes we are still alive! Did anyone really question it? You know there was a little part of you that thought something may happen. Well since our lives were spared, let’s make the best of the year to come.
I have gone through many changes this past year and have been through some tough times for sure but overall life is good. I’m healthy, happy and looking forward to the future. Sometimes we stress over the smallest things in life but you’re only making it worse for yourself. Life isn’t perfect. You’re going to have bad times. If we didn’t; we couldn’t truly appreciate the good times. It’s how you deal with it that makes a difference for your own well-being. I’m sort of writing this as a reminder to you all and myself that life is short and we really should make the best of it. I know this all may sound cliché’ but it’s true.
With so much tragedy in the world, we should be thankful that we are here. Our problems are so minor compared to others who don’t have it so great. We have to stop and think about that sometimes. I turned 37 this year and I was pretty bummed out at first but I soon realized that I’m here, I’m healthy and I should be grateful for that. I am more secure and confident than I have ever been. Most people think I’m younger which is awesome for me of course. Most of it is hereditary I’m sure, but I also take care of myself. I eat pretty heathy for the most part being a vegetarian, take care of my skin and stay out of the sun as much as possible. Especially my face. Do not tan your face! Tanned wrinkly skin is not attractive people. Remember the tanning mom form earlier this year? Well, enough said.
Speaking of taking care of yourself, just remember; you are what you eat. As most of you know I am a vegetarian and I have been for almost 4 years now. It’s one of the best choices I have made in my life. I don’t push it on people but I also don’t understand why people give me such a difficult time about eating healthy and caring about myself and animals. It’s very odd. Eating healthy is a lifestyle we should all be living.
I know it may be very tempting to stuff your faces over the holiday season with all the pot luck’s, parties, cookies, etc., but being healthy should be a year-long event. A lifestyle. We all indulge once in a while but just remember, it’s not easy to get that weight off. It’s seems like beginning in October people start eating like crazy and then say they are going to work it off in January; but they don’t. Your should care about your health and body year round. Have self-control. We all know we have a huge problem is this country with weight and it’s not okay. It’s not something anyone should be proud of. People always tell me I’m too thin and I need to eat. Well I’m not too thin and I do eat. I’m just where I should be with my height and frame. I just don’t overload on processed foods and meat. Obviously every one is different and has different body shapes, metabolism, health problems, injuries, etc but that just means you may have to work a little harder than others. It shouldn’t be an excuse. We have a mentality in the U.S. that you should be proud if you are overweight and you shouldn’t be judged. It’s not okay. People need to start taking responsibility for themselves. I don’t mean any of this in a mean way as I’m just trying to get a point across.
I know it’s not easy when it seems like there’s food and treats at the office almost every day but just eat in moderation. Maybe one cookie not 10. Take the stairs not the elevator. Take a walk on your break. Park far away from the mall and walk. You’re going to walk around the mall anyway right? Why do people always need to be right up front. Use your legs!
So let’s have an amazing 2013! It’s never too late to make positive changes in your life. Take care of yourself. Live life. Be positive. Be happy. Care about others. Tell your family and friends you love them because you never know what may happen. They could be here today and gone tomorrow.