Ditch Dryness: Tips to Keep Your Skin Smooth

Learn how to protect yourself against the elements to keep your skin glowing, healthy and pain-free this winter.

Ditch Dryness: Tips to Keep Your Skin Smooth

While cozying up this winter can warm your heart and keep your spirits bright, the effects on your skin aren’t so cheery. The combination of searing cold air and moisture-zapping heating systems creates the perfect storm for dry, itchy, painful skin. Learn how to protect yourself against the elements to keep your skin glowing, healthy and pain-free this winter.

Shower Strategically


Instead of taking a hot shower for a half hour, try using warm water for a maximum of 10 minutes. You’ll minimize the dryness that happens when scalding water sucks the moisture out of your skin. Bonus tip: Blot your skin dry – rather than rubbing – with a towel and apply moisturizer immediately.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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