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10 Skin Care Tips for the Holidays
It's that time of year; parties, company dinners, family get-togethers and you want your skin to look great through the whole season. Here are some helpful tips to keep your skin looking great for the holidays:
A dip in the pool can trigger a skin reaction
Swimming is a great form of exercise year-round, especially during the cold and/or wet weather season when venturing outdoors becomes a less attractive option.
All About Cleansing
Proper cleansing with the product that is suitable for your skin can make a huge difference in your skin's appearance.
All About Moisturizers
Who doesn't want smooth, hydrated, healthy skin? From basic formulas that claim to keep skin moist, to concoctions that promise an end to aging skin and wrinkles, the choice of a skin moisturizer can be overwhelming.
Antibacterial soaps and cleansers
Antibacterial soaps and cleansers are becoming increasingly popular, particularly among those whose work brings them into frequent contact with the public. Triclosan and alcohol are common active ingredients.
Basic hand and nail care ...
Do not poke around in the space between your nail and the nail bed. It is easy to enlarge the space in between, making the gap more susceptible to infection. Keeping your nails trimmed neatly and washing your hands thoroughly are all you need to do to keep your nails healthy and looking their best.
Body washes are a great help for dry skin
You may not realize that prolonged exposure to water in the shower or bath can leave your skin feeling dry and irritated. Water can deplete and impair the skin's natural mechanisms for retaining moisture and ultimately lead to dry skin.
Cleansing for acne-prone skin
Oily skin requires specially formulated cleansers that easily rinse off. You may want to consider trying products created for acne-prone skin, as many of these are also suitable for oily skin.
Colder weather conditions bring dry skin
Sebaceous or oil glands moisten and protect your skin from dryness, and they are mainly found on the face. Since there are very few sebaceous glands on the arms and legs it's important to regularly moisturize these parts of the body, particularly during the winter or if you live in a dry climate.
Combat dry skin with hydration
If your eczema flares-up or you experience the irritating effects from dry skin during the winter season, the key to finding relief is to keep your skin well hydrated throughout the day.
Do you have dry skin?
If you are over the age of 50 or frequently work outside, you may find yourself with dry and itchy skin. Choose a moisturizing cream rather than a lotion to replenish your skins moisture levels.
Do you have eczema?
A bath or shower is usually an enjoyable part of our daily routine, but if you have eczema, it can be an unpleasant experience.
Dry air worsens dry skin
If you have dry skin, you may want to use a humidifier in your home to add moisture indoors. Setting the humidity level between 40 and 50 percent can help alleviate some of the symptoms. During the winter months, the hot dry air produced by the furnace causes your skin to feel especially dry.
Dry and cracked skin on your feet?
There’s a relatively simple solution! Apply a generous amount of thick moisturizer to your feet, cover them up in plastic food saver wrap (i.e., Saran Wrap), then pull on a pair of socks for a couple hours.
Dry and rough skin on your feet?
Dryness, flaking and cracking skin on the feet, especially the heels, are common signs of neglect that warrant our regular attention.
Dry hands begone!
If your hands are dry, you may want to try the following pre-bedtime ritual. Soak your hands in warm water, dry them partially, apply a thick moisturizer and pull on a pair of light cotton gloves.
Dry skin from winter weather
Harsh winter conditions tend to interrupt your skin’s ability to retain adequate hydration levels. Daily maintenance with moisturizers is essential during colder weather in order to avoid getting trapped in the dry skin cycle.
Dry skin? No hot baths!
Don't take long hot baths because this can exacerbate dry skin, especially during the winter months. Instead, try short lukewarm baths or showers. Body washes with lotion are now available for an added level of protection from dryness.
Fighting Dry Skin Through the Winter
Winter is here and many of us relate winter weather with suffering from itchy, dry skin. Chapped lips, dry, cracked hands, flaking skin; all signs of the season
Finding the Right Moisturizer for You
Dry skin on the face area tends to be rare, as the sebaceous glands which produce oil are abundant in the face area, and especially in men. However, these glands weaken as we age, and the cheeks and jawline may begin to become dry.
Finding the Right Skin Foundation for You
There are a wide variety of skin foundations, each with specific strengths. This guide should help you find the perfect skin foundation that is right for your skin..
Have a hangnail?
It's easy for that annoying bit of torn skin around your nail to catch on something and become painful. To remove a hangnail without causing further injury, soak your hand in water for a few minutes to soften the skin and then clip the hangnail as short as possible.
Interesting facts about your skin
It takes about 52-75 days for skin cells to grow from the bottom up and then they’re shed on the surface. The average adult is covered with about 21 square feet of skin that weights about 7 pounds. Skin makes up about 12%-15% of your total body weight.
Keep it clean!
Studies show that eczema is aggravated by household dust, dust mites, moulds, pollen and animal dander.
Keeping Yourself Moisturized
Dry skin is a problem not just in the winter with its cold temperatures, and howling winds, but dry skin can come from using harsh cleansers, having too hot a bath or even getting on an airplane.
Maintaining soft and smooth skin
When drying off after a bath or shower, don't towel-dry too vigorously and always apply lotion or body oil while your skin is still damp. This will help seal in moisture and leave your skin feeling smooth before it has a chance to dry out completely. If your skin is particularly susceptible to dryness, look for body washes that contain lotions - they will clean and conveniently moisturize in one step.
Managing itchy skin ...
Dry or sensitive skin, eczema, insect bites and contact allergies can cause itchy skin. A traditional way to soothe the itch is to add oatmeal to your bathwater.
Mature skin requires special care
Generally, skin starts to exhibit signs of aging after the age of 25, when your body begins to produce less estrogen.
Menopause and skin care ...
As you go through menopause, it is very common to find that the skincare products you once relied on are no longer as effective.
Moisturizing Basics
The skin is composed of three primary layers, the epidermis, the dermis, and the hypodermis. The epidermis is the outermost layer of the skin, which provides waterproofing and protection from various infections.
Need help selecting a cleanser?
Look for silicone-based surfactants like dimethicone that tend to be non-irritating, non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores) and hypoallergenic. It’s important to maintain a routine of twice-daily cleansing to eliminate accumulations of grime and excess oil.
New advances: The use of peptides in skin care
Recent biotechnological advances have led to the development of promising peptides that are both synthetically and naturally derived. Peptides consist of protein fragments that have a variety of effects on cell function.
Proper use of hand sanitizers
For those times when you're not able to wash your hands with soap and water, antibacterial hand wipes or alcohol-based hand sanitizers can be convenient alternatives. While not as effective as good old soap and water, these products can help out in a pinch.
Recommended Cleansers According to Skin Type
If you have dry skin, we recommend the use of hard-milled face soaps and gentle synthetic detergents. Mild cleansers are especially useful for you as your skin is prone to irritation, especially during the winter months where humidity is low.
Skin changes associated with menopause
The start of menopause also signals changes for your skin. The drop in estrogen results in the loss of skin elasticity and reduced collagen production (causing the skin to appear "looser"), which leads to drier skin and increased wrinkles.
Sun damage is a primary cause of wrinkles
Premature aging of the skin is most often the product of years of unprotected sun exposure combined with your genetic makeup.
Take care of your hands!
We often spend a lot of time (and money) trying to make our faces look their best, but our hands need attention too. Your hands will clearly reflect the care that you have given them.
The benefits of nighttime moisturizing
Moisturizers are designed to reduce water loss from the epidermis (the outermost layer of the skin). Basic essential components of moisturizers include emollients and humectants.
The Role of Moisturizers
The truth is that moisturizers are a growing component of daily skin care and account for one of the most common over the counter products sold in the world.
Time to winterize your skin!
The extremes of cold weather and indoor heat can be particularly harsh on your skin. When the cold weather sets in, use a heavier (oil or cream based) moisturizer on your face, hands, body and feet to compensate for the drying effects of the season.