Get your skin Ready for Winter

It’s the fall. Time for football, sending the kids back to school, and for getting your skin ready for winter. If you’re like most people, your skin has just weathered a barrage of sun damage. And even though you were supposed to, you didn’t use sunscreen every day. Well, now is the time to fix that damage.

It’s the fall. Time for football, sending the kids back to school, and for getting your skin ready for winter. If you’re like most people, your skin has just weathered a barrage of sun damage.  And even though you were supposed to, you didn’t use sunscreen every day.  Well, now is the time to fix that damage.

Sun causes wrinkles, brown spots, red capillaries, and thin, dry skin. Your skin rehab includes exfoliating – that’s removing the dead skin – with glycolic acid or even a loofah pad. And at night put vitamin A on your skin. That’s the wonder drug for the skin – and it’s really the only thing other than surgery that can reverse the effects of the sun.  It really doesn’t matter what kind of vitamin A you put on – the prescription stuff or the over-the-counter creams all work.


Other things that are good for your skin include vitamin C (also at night) and vitamin B3. But you can't just crush a vitamin and smear it on your skin.  These skin care ingredients have to be formulated in just the right way – the right concentration and the right form of the vitamin – to do their magic.

Will you ever feel comfortable in your own skin? That is, if you don't make an effort to protect it? Although 64% of adults do report wearing sunscreen when outside for prolonged periods of time, it turns out that only about 10% of people surveyed actually protect themselves daily, according to a recent review.

No matter what your skin tone is, unless you live in a cave with no sunlight, daily protection with either sunscreen, sunblock or protective clothing can not only protect you from developing sunburns (ouch!) but can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, particularly the deadliest type called melanoma. In addition, for those of you wanting to keep your youthful looks, daily sunscreen has been shown to reduce the development of wrinkles. A great teacher once told me that the best way to not have wrinkles is not to get them in the first place (think of how much money you can save on useless creams that claim to diminish wrinkles).

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