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For many people, the winter time brings itchy skin, often referred to as Winter Itch. It may or may not come with a rash – small, low-grade bumps. But the most obvious symptom is the itchiness.
The biggest cause of winter itch is dry skin. Less humidity in the air and cold temperatures certainly contribute to dry skin but many of us add to the problem with long hot showers or baths. Hot water strips your skin of essential oils, drying out the outer layer of the skin and with it, decreasing the moisture in the lower layers of the skin. Soap and other chemicals can also add to the dryness.
To help soothe dry, winter skin:
Cut showers down to a maximum of 10 minutes and don’t take more than one shower every 24 hours.
Lower the temperature of your shower or bath. While hot water is more relaxing, it also dries out your skin.
Use moisturizing shower products and use fragrance and dye free mild soaps.
When done your shower, pat dry and liberally apply moisturiz...
Exercise has been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression . Finding the time, the energy and the motivation to exercise during the warm summer months is easier than doing so during the winter. But cold weather doesn't have to mean the end of your exercise. Below are some tips for continuing an exercise program during the fall and winter months and some things to watch out for to help keep you safe.
Exercise outdoors. It might be cold, but that doesn't mean you have to huddle inside. The fresh air and natural light will help lift your spirits and give you more energy (and reduce the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder.) When going out into the cold, help stay comfortable by dressing in layers. This gives you the option to remove some of the layers if you get warm. You might even want to start out with warm clothes by placing them in the dryer a few minutes. Feeling warm and toasty when you first go outside can help you stay warmer (or at least feel warmer.) If yo...
Here in Northern California the rainy season is finally over. This means that for the next few months we are unlikely to see any rain, and very few cloudy days. For someone who has lived most of her life in New England, this is a gift. In New England, winter of course means many months of dreary, cloudy days, but summer is not much better in terms of the amount of sunshine. Summer there means more heat, not necessarily more sun. Not only do we see more of the sun here in California, but it's unbelievably strong compared to the Northeast, even during the winter. I've always been a sun worshiper. I'm not interested in getting a tan; I just love being in the sun. It always amazed me that other people weren't dying to be outside every single second of a sunny day. Granted, I'm a little more blasé about it out here since I know that each sunny day is likely to be followed by another one, but I did panic this morning when the fog rolled in and obscured the sun for a couple of hours...
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