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...
There was a time when people spent most of their lives out of doors but today fewer than 10 percent of us see very much natural daylight, particularly during the winter months. Dark days, long nights and gloomy weather can result in a form of seasonal depression. Whether you call it the winter blues, winter depression or seasonal affective disorder (SAD) this form of natural light deficiency is officially recognized as a medical condition affecting millions of people every year.
People living in the northern hemisphere are most prone to winter SAD and, in general, the higher the latitude the more significant the risk of developing symptoms*. These symptoms are relatively diverse in nature and may affect people in different ways. Perhaps the clearest symptom is a general feeling of depressed mood. Energy is lacking, drowsiness during the day is common yet sleep may be problematic at night. Cravings for high carb or sweet foods and drinks are higher and weight gain occurs. ...
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