When we’re doing the mad dash around the holidays, going in and out of stores means transitioning from cold, dry air to heated, enclosed spaces — not a great combination for cold and flu season, nor is it good for your skin.
Here are some tips to help you be kind to the largest organ in the body:
- Avoid strongly scented soaps and detergents.
- Quicken bathing time, and use warm versus hot water. Gently pat dry.
- Moisturize with either ointments (oil-based), creams (oil and water-based), or lotions (water-based), per your doctor’s direction. Seek help if you have a rash.
- Shave safely. Moisturize, then shave with the direction that hair grows. Replace dull razors.
- Use an SPF 30 sunscreen (or higher) on your face, neck, and hands if exposed — even in winter.
- Bundle up for warmth, but so you can still move.
- Don’t smoke! Doing so can narrow the skin’s blood vessels, which depletes the skin’s nutrients and oxygen. Smoking also damages collagen, elastin, and can contribute to wrinkles.
- Eat healthy, including fruits, lean protein, veggies, and whole grains. Skip the bad fats, refined carbs, and packaged meals that can be high in sodium.
- Try a home humidifier to replace air moisture that’s lost in winter.
- Take a breather and know when to slow down. Sleep, too, is restorative. Stress takes a toll on the body (and skin).
By Lisa Miceli Feliciano