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How’s Winter treating you?

Winter's frost in the morning

Is the cold getting under your skin?  Well, you’re not alone.

Winter weather is tough on skin. Cold wind, cold air, and fluctuating indoor heat can wreak havoc on your skin.  The Winter conditions constantly suck the moisture out of your skin, leaving you to deal with irritated, dry, dull, or itchy skin.  Even worse, if you deal with conditions such as psoriasis or eczema, you may never stop itching.

So how to deal?

There are a few things you can do to help your skin cope with Winter conditions.  And you can start with the basics.

Use a high quality moisturizer

Ding, ding, ding! Yes, shameless advertising.  Our Hawaiian Moon Aloe vera skin cream is such a great moisturizer.  We can’t tell you how much feedback we get on the great job it does on such a broad variety of dry skin conditions.  From psoriasis and eczema, to blisters, to skin cracks, to sores and rashes, the list could go on and on.  Change your routine up a bit and make sure to start and end the day with a dab of a high quality moisturizer like Hawaiian Moon aloe.  Your skin will love you for it.

Turn down the temp on your showers

Did you know that those hot showers you love actually dry your skin out?  So sad, but it’s true! Try turning down the temperature of your showers, just a bit, and help keep the moisture in your skin and not out.

If you’re outside, protect yourself

If you love the outdoors, like many of us do, don’t forget to mind the elements.  Not only should you wear the proper attire (gloves, scarves, sunglasses if it’s sunny), but make sure you are ready to be outside for the entire duration of your activity.  This means that you remembered to put on that lip balm (how many times have you spent the next day mentally abusing yourself for forgetting?) and also remembered to apply sunscreen to any exposed areas.  Sunscreen?  Yes, sunscreen.  That Winter sun is brutal if it gets a chance to reflect off of that wonderful snow we all love to play in.  If it’s windy out, it sure doesn’t hurt that you were prepared and also applied Vaseline (or something similar) to the outer rim of your nose.  Oh, and also don’t forget that layers are important.  There aren’t many things worse than sweating in your gear while you’re out playing.  Allow yourself the ability to remove layers to hit that perfectly comfortable temperature.

Lastly, don’t forget water

Water is so critical to our body.  So critical, that our body would easily perish in under a week without it.  We can do without food for much longer, but not without water.  It’s much more difficult to remember that Winter doesn’t change the volume of water that we should be drinking.  Whatever you do, modify your routine to make sure you drink your 64 ounces of water – that’s 8 eight oz cups.  Your skin can’t pull moisture out of the air, but your intake can surely help.