Tuesday, November 27, 2012

You Need To Know More About Winter Skin Care

With winter comes snow, scarves and sleds, but it also brings skin problems. The cold weather mixed with heated homes can be treacherous on your skin. It can cause dryness, irritation, cracking and chapping. In order to make sure that this doesn't happen and to prevent future damage to your skin you need to know more about winter skin care. By following these simple tips your skin will be protected all the winter along.

Check Your Cleanser

The first thing that you need to do for winter skin prevention is check the cleanser that you are using. You want to make sure that it is not too harsh for your skin. With the dry heat and the cold outdoor air you need to use a cleanser that is very gentle, yet still effective. Liquid, alcohol free cleanser with little to no fragrance are the perfect choice for everyday winter use.

Don't Skip the Moisturizer

Winter weather, wind and drying heat will cause your skin to become dry and chapped. You have to compensate for the weather by thoroughly moisturizing your skin. Sometimes, your everyday moisturizer just wonít cut it in the winter. This is especially true if you already have naturally dry skin. Look for a moisturizing cream or a healing lotion. Both will be thicker than normal moisturizing lotions and will help keep your skin looking its best throughout the cold months.

Treat Damage Correctly

If your skin is severely cracked and chapped, then a moisturizer is not going to work. You will need to use something that moisturizes even more. One of the best things that you can use is petroleum jelly. Of course, you shouldn't be smearing this all over your face, but for severely cracked hands you can slather on petroleum jelly and put on a pair of gloves overnight. It with heal the problem and give you smooth hands. Works great on feet too. If you need a quick spot treatment for your face, especially around the eyes and lips, petroleum jelly will be a great choice.

Don't Forget the Sunscreen

You are most likely thinking sunscreen, in the winter, but the truth is that no matter what time of year it is you can still receive a sunburn. Protect your skin daily by wearing a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.


Keeping yourself hydrated is important throughout the entire year, but it is very important for winter skin. With the combination of dry heat, wind and cold weather your skin is going to be dry. By keeping yourself hydrated you will be protecting your skin from the inside out and helping prevent over-dryness.

Don't Forget Your Lips

One of the biggest winter problem areas is the lips. Many times, they are completely forgotten except when you put on some lipstick. However, with the winter weather your lips are likely dry, cracked and chapped. The best way to fix this is by applying a moisturizing lip balm several times a day. You can also use coconut oil or vitamin E oil if you prefer to fix the problem the natural way.

Monday, November 19, 2012

These Health Tips You Must Remember In Spring

If you don't want to be stuck using anti-histamines all spring, consider some natural therapies. For instance, certain allergies are related to certain foods - by eliminating those foods, even hay fever can be eliminated. Cleansing, especially candida, liver or colon cleanses can also be very effective for allergy relief, as are homeopathics.

Studies have shown that people who wake up earlier are healthier than night owls who completely miss the morning light. Especially after our long winter with no light, it will do you good to take advantage of the early morning light and the vitamin D it gives. Vitamin D has been found to reduce the incidence of colorectal cancer by two-thirds.

This has a few different connotations - feel free to explore whatever meaning you give "dirty". However, I am referring to dirty in the most literal sense. Who here doesn't remember playing in the puddles as a kid? Heck, who doesn't remember EATING mud as a kid? Not only is exposure to a little dirt good for your inner kid (and your outer kids), exposure to bacteria is important to build healthy immune systems. So go out and play in the mud!

This the season for eating spring baby greens! When you are choosing greens, go for a mix of tastes: mild, bitter, peppery and spicy. A good example is a mix of dandelion greens, arugula, escarole, frisée, radicchio and endive. Spring greens are excellent for bone health and the digestive system, increasing digestive juices and enzymes in your liver, pancreas and stomach. Eat them before your dinner to improve your overall health.

Even if you don't know how to meditate, one of the most valuable principles is to live in the present. I realize you have a lot to do - we all do - but stop every once in a while and just enjoy all the beauty in your life. Do only what you are doing, be only where you are. Stop multi-tasking so much and just be. In addition, research is showing that being outdoors can have benefits for both your physical and mental health. So breathe it all in and stop fussing about everything, at least for a bit.