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Feed Your Skin This Thanksgiving

As you busily prepare for your family’s Thanksgiving feast this week, don’t forget to take time out to care for yourself. We often get so caught up in the holidays and all the shopping, meals, parties and obligations that we neglect our health. With all the rushing around, exhaustion will kick in and you’ll start to feel sluggish…and where does that show up first? Your skin! Your skin is a reflection of what’s going on inside, and if you aren’t taking care of yourself – eating poorly, skipping meals, not getting enough sleep or forgetting to wash off makeup after a long day -- your skin will show it.

Even during stressful and busy times there are simple things you can do to take care of yourself and your skin. And the best part is, many of those yummy foods you enjoy at Thanksgiving are actually good for you and your skin!

Remember these simple tips this Turkey Day:

Stay hydrated. Be sure to drink enough water throughout the day. With all social gatherings, it’s easy to over-indulge in alcohol, sweet drinks and too much caffeine, and not drink enough water. If you let yourself get dehydrated, your skin will show it – it’ll be drier and sallow, and any under-eye dark circles will become more noticeable. But this is an easy thing to prevent just by making sure you drink at least eight glasses of water each day. Keep a large refillable water bottle with you at work, out shopping and while preparing meals, and sip and refill throughout the day.

Eat cranberries. Those red berries that make such pretty dishes and desserts this time of year are actually also really good for you and good for your skin. They are not only delicious but they are high in antioxidants, Vitamin C and fiber. Fresh cranberries are better than canned for getting the benefits of all these nutrients. So indulge in cranberry sauce, fresh cranberries and cranberry desserts!

Eat pumpkin. Another popular holiday food that is also extremely healthy. Pumpkin is an all-natural enzyme. Enzymes help break down toxins and aid in digestion. Enjoy that pumpkin pie, just watch portion control and skip the whipped cream!

Eat turkey. What’s Thanksgiving without turkey? Thankfully, it’s high in protein, which is great for your skin, giving it an all over glow. Counteract the sleepy effects of turkey by going for a brisk walk with your family after your big meal, which is also great for your skin and your body!

Remember to moisturize. As the weather turns colder this time of year, it’s important to remember to moisturize your skin in the morning and before bed. And even though it’s tempting after a long, busy day and late holiday party, don’t ever got to bed without removing your makeup, otherwise you might just get a pimple (or two, or three…) for Christmas!

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

November 21, 2015 by Blue Lizard Staff

Caring for Winter Skin

Along with the cold days of winter comes dryer skin.  Turning the heat on indoors is the main reason for drying skin during the winter but for some people, the problem is worse than just a general tight, dry feeling -- some get skin so dry it results in flaking, cracking, even eczema (in which the skin becomes inflamed).

Winter skin requires a special skin care regimen to keep skin moisturized and healthy. Here are some winter skin care tips to follow to help you avoid dry, cracked skin this winter:

Moisturize more. You may have found a moisturizer that works just fine in spring and summer.  But as weather conditions change, so, too, should your skin care routine.  Find an “ointment” moisturizer that's oil-based, rather than water-based, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion. Many lotions labeled as “night creams” are oil-based. But choose your oils with care because not all oils are appropriate for the face. Instead, look for “non-clogging” oils, like avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil, or almond oil. You can also look for lotions containing “humectants,” a class of substances (including glycerin, sorbitol, and alpha-hydroxy acids) that attract moisture to your skin.

Don’t forget the sunscreen. Sunscreen is not just for summer. Winter sun, especially with snow glare, can damage your skin as well. Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen to your face and hands at least 15-30 minutes before heading outdoors. Be sure to reapply every two hours if you plan to be outdoors for an extended period of time.

Give yourself a hand. The skin on your hands is thinner than on most parts of the body and has fewer oil glands, which means it's harder to keep your hands moist, especially in cold, dry weather. This can lead to itchiness and cracking. Wear gloves when you go outside in winter and apply a body moisturizer rich in aloe or lanolin to your hands daily or before bedtime.

Go easy on the hand sanitizers. Applying hand sanitizer several times a day and washing hands more in winter to help prevent colds and flu can wreak havoc on the skin of your hands. Some hand sanitizers contain alcohol, which will cause dry, red, inflamed skin.  When you do wash, choose a soap-free cleanser and apply lotion to your hands immediately after drying. If you do use hand sanitizers, choose products that are alcohol-free.

Hook up the humidifier. Central heating systems blast hot dry air throughout your home and office. Humidifiers get more moisture into the air, which helps prevent your skin from drying out. Place several small humidifiers throughout your home; they help disperse the moisture more evenly.

Ban super hot baths. Hot baths or showers do feel great when it’s freezing outside but the intense heat actually breaks down lipid barriers in the skin, which leads to a loss of moisture. Keep baths or showers to lukewarm water and stay in a shorter amount of time. Add oatmeal or baking soda to your bath water to help relieve dry, itchy skin.

Following these simple tips can help keep your skin supple when the temperature drops.

Written by Cristi Driver

November 06, 2015 by Blue Lizard Staff
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