RELIEVING DRY SKIN by Vickie Kline

As winter approaches and the air begins to dry out, our skin dries out too. During the fall and winter, your skin may show signs of being dry, flaky, and rather unattractive. Aging, low humidity, too many hot showers, and cleaning products all cause your skin to be dry. Regardless of the reason, there are simple home remedies you can use to hydrate your skin and help it look healthy and beautiful.

If you have dry or chapped hands due to washing dishes, try sprinkling baking soda in your dishwater. If your hands are chapped, but not from washing dishes, try using vinegar. Wash and dry hands thoroughly, apply vinegar, then put on a pair of soft gloves and leave overnight.

If you have a dry skin problem on more than your hands, add baking soda to your bath water and soak. Use one cup of baking soda in a full tub of water. Soak for 30 minutes and then let your body air dry. A handful of cornstarch or instant oatmeal will also work wonders in your bath water. Or, if you’re brave, coat yourself with oil before retiring for the night. You may feel uncomfortable sleeping like this, but will awaken with healthy, glowing skin. Vegetable, sunflower, or peanut oils offer relief from dry skin. (If this doesn’t sound like something you want to do, add a few drops of the oil to your favorite body lotion and apply all over. You’ll get more of the softness without all the mess).

To help put moisture in the air, you can boil water on the stove or purchase a humidifier. Anytime you create steam, you’re putting moisture in the air and relieving dry skin caused from lack of moisture. Other things that will help are to take cool or lukewarm showers. It may not sound appealing, but your skin will thank you. Hot water dries out your skin by drawing out all the natural oils. And, be selective about soap. Anything containing heavy perfumes or scents may dry your skin. Once you get out of the shower, use body lotion while you’re still damp. The lotion will help your body retain the water present on your skin and seal in the moisture.

I don’t like to think about it because I enjoy my red wine… but, alcohol inside or outside can make your skin dry. Whether drinking an alcoholic beverage or using a product on your skin that contains alcohol, you can help prevent dry skin by decreasing usage. Work toward beautiful skin this winter by treating it right.

Strive to be healthy!

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