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Cold-weather Nutrition and the Skin

By: Pat Lam
Posted: September 25, 2008, from the October 2008 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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3. When participating in outdoor activities, such as skiing, tobogganing or even walking the dog, it is important to bundle up, but preferably in layers to avoid excess sweat and overheating that can lead to skin irritation. Remember to use a sunscreen containing an SPF 15 or higher if skiing, since the World Health Organization’s August 2002 Fact Sheet indicated that the snow reflects about 80% of the sun rays, versus the sand at the beach that reflects 17%.

4. Avoid taking hot baths, sitting in saunas and using hot water to wash the face and body. Use showers with warm water instead, or simply wipe down with warm towels. Overbathing can lead to extreme dryness and itchiness. After a bath, pat skin dry and apply an emollient moisturizer onto slightly damp skin to trap in moisture. Use lip cream or lip balm that leaves a protective layer to keep lips from cracking. Lipstick containing emollient ingredients, such as petroleum jelly, is a must in the winter, and use one containing a sunscreen if you are going to be outside for several hours. Avoid licking the lips, since this habit tends to dry them.

Become the expert

By combining the proper nutrition regimen and skin care routine to combat the challenges of cold winter months, your clients will not only feel better, but they will look to you as an expert in wellness for years to come.


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