Winter Skin

Lower temperatures also means lower humidity.  While we often hear complaints about the high humidity in the DC region, when winter hits we start looking for skin lotions.

The best way to keep you skin moist is from the inside.  Drink extra water in the winter. Also, wet skin absorbs deeper than dry skin.  So when you finish your shower and BEFORE you dry off apply a mild oil onto your skin..one without additives.  Baby oil is good or an unscented lotion.  Then towel dry and reapply a lotion.  I like to use olive oil with an added aromatic oil.  If you can drink it, it must be safe for the skin, eh?

Try getting a humidifier for your bedroom.  Sleeping in too dry air can cause morning headaches and non-restful sleep.  Pay particular attention to your feet in the winter.  Be sure to scrap away dead skin and moisturize.

Use a moisturizer every night on your face, neck and hands just before you go to sleep.  Lack of activity will promote absorption.

If you suffer from winter eczema,  when you shower use soap only on the exogenous zones – arm pits and perineum.  Soap is irritating to skin and very drying.  Use only mild soap.

Am trying to keep up with my walking resolution.  Will report in at the end of the month.

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New Year Resolution

Every year we make a resolution to improve our lives. Sometimes we succeed and sometimes not. This year I read an article suggesting we ask those who love us to give us a resolution. It has to be done in a loving manner and the giver must be ready to receive a suggestion. But, it also should be done with honesty and a positive twist. So, for my readers, I ask that you leave more comments on my blog  and share it more on FB and Twitter. Let me know what health topics you would like to have me address this year. I promise to do the research and give it my best.

My resolution is to get out and walk everyday..even in the rain and snow. I’ll let you know how it progresses. I am reading a book titled “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson. It is an old book..about his experience walking the Appalacian Trail in 1996. I remember that year the DC area had record snow falls and the beginning of his hike was filled with snow in Georgia. He has inspired me to return to my walks and hikes. Hiking in the woods is filled with alternating moments of peace and terror. You never know what is around the bend until you get there.

Happy New Year to each of you. 2012 is a blank page – fill it with whatever brings you joy.

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