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Fighting Against Drought Conditions – NSIDE MD

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Fighting Against Drought Conditions
Written by Brooke Larue Miceli
In South Texas, the winter season doesn’t move in gracefully. We aren’t given an entire season to modify our wardrobe, cuisine, and lifestyles. Sure, the days are a bit shorter and the air is cooler, but then the first cold front of the season arrives and throws us all for a loop! Before we know it, our skin is dry and chapped and we are missing the very humidity we scorn in summer months.

As the temperature drops, your skin is exposed to the bitter winds of winter and the body’s largest organ can become dull and dry and deepen lines and wrinkles. The dryness is made worse by indoor heating that lacks humidity and may cause extreme discomfort, irritation, itchiness, and inflammation. In order to maintain healthy and hydrated skin throughout these chilly months (or random chilly fronts), here are a few tips to help improve tone and rehydrate.

DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.
Water is vital to maintaining healthy skin from the inside out. If you are planning travel, a good rule of thumb is to drink one 8-ounce bottle of water for every hour of travel.

DO NOT TAKE STEAMING HOT SHOWERS JUST BECAUSE IT IS COLD OUTSIDE.
Hot water makes skin dryer by removing the normal protective oils. After a bath or shower, pat skin dry and apply moisturizer on to damp skin to trap in moisture. Look for natural oils like almond oil, shea butter, jojoba oil, and coconut oil that your body will absorb easily.

DO NOT SMOTHER YOUR SKIN WITH MOISTURIZER.
Excessive moisturizing can lead to clogged pores and even sagging skin. The correct formula is one that balances water and oil levels in your skin. Moisturizer should make your skin feel comfortable — not tight or overly lubricated.

EVEN IN THE WINTER MONTHS CONTINUE TO USE A MOISTURIZER WITH SPF DURING THE DAY.
Although the days are shorter, the sun’s rays can still cause damage. There’s nothing more irritating than dry, sunburned skin!

WASH YOUR FACE TWICE DAILY.
Your morning cleanse removes waste excreted during your skin’s nightly selfcleaning process. An evening cleanse removes dirt, oil, pollution and makeup. It may be necessary to switch to a creamy cleanser during winter months if a gel or foaming cleanser is used in the summer. Do not over cleanse, and always use toner to prevent dehydration from tap water residue.

FEED YOUR SKIN.
If you are on a low-fat diet, make sure you are getting enough essential fatty acids or your skin can become dull and dry. If your skin is acne prone, avoid iodized salt and sodium heavy foods. Red, eruptive skin is exacerbated by spicy foods, and an intolerance of dairy products underlies many acne conditions that appear to be cystic.

TAKE EXTRA CARE OF YOUR HANDS AND FEET.
Use gloves while washing dishes and use a heavy hand cream afterwards. Give yourself a “foot peel” by giving them a wash with inexpensive Stridex pads, coating them with Vaseline, and sleeping in thick socks.

IF YOU EXPERIENCE HARSH WINDBURN, ADD A FEW DROPS OF LEMON BALM LEAF EXTRACT TO YOUR CURRENT SKIN CARE PRODUCT.
The soothing cooling extract contains antiseptic and sedative qualities that will cool irritated skin. Lemon balm leaf extract is also great for easing depression and tension that often accompanies the winter months.

For more info: call Facelogic Spa in Stone Oak at (210) 248-9415.
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