Take Care of Yourself
The weather is getting colder. The leaves have turned colors and are beginning to fall off trees. These things can only mean one thing … We’re at the end of football season! It’s also time to start thinking about your skin. Men are more likely to suffer from dry and itchy skin due to cold weather than women are. Why is that? Because women are more aware of how to keep your skin healthy. Remember last year when you were outside in that cold, dry, windy weather? Did you put any cream on your body and hands? Of course not, that’s why your strong, chapped hands cracked and started bleeding.
It’s More Than Skin Deep
Your skin is an organ that performs many essential tasks for your body. Your skin protects your body from the more than 9 000 different pollutant molecules in viruses and bacteria. It also protects you from the winter sun’s rays – specifically ultraviolet light – that can damage cells. Healthy skin regulates your body temperature to keep levels constant and helps you react better to important changes around you by feeling pain or pressure. Strong skin will also make you less susceptible to minor nicks and scratches.
Be Your Skin’s Best Friend
The skin should regulate its own moisture content for you to have the best level of skin health. But it needs help from you.
Here are a few tips from the American Academy of Dermatology to help you be at your best.
- Hit the showers, but only briefly and keep it warm. Hot showers can strip your body of essential oils that protect your skin. These oils act as a defense against cold weather. Use enough water and a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser to remove dirt and oil. And don’t scrub your skin! If you take a bath, keep it to less than 10 minutes or so. After you get our, towel blot your skin gently dry.
- Apply moisturizer immediately after washing. Moisturizers work by trapping existing moisture in your skin. Apply a moisturizer after showering and washing your hands and face. Look for ointments and creams that contain olive oil, jojoba oil, or Shea butter since they are more effective and less irritating than lotions.
- Wear lip balm.Choose a lip balm that feels good on your lips. Lip balm won’t work if you left it on the sink. So keep it in your pocket.
- Use only gentle skin care products. When your skin is dry, minimize or stop using deodorant soaps and skin care products that contain alcohol, fragrance, retinoids, or alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). Look at the ingredients in your laundry detergent, too. Avoiding these products will help your skin retain its natural oils.
- Watch the open flames.Sitting in front of a campfire is a cool experience. Too much of this good thing can dry out your skin – either bundle up or be prepared to slather on the moisturizer.
- Add moisture to the air. Plug in a humidifier to add moisture in your home. It will be good for your skin as well as your breathing.
It’s the Only One You Have
Don’t be that person who thinks having good looking skin is something superficial and vain. Taking care of your skin should be a priority after all it’s the only one you have.