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How To Effectively Protect Your Skin During Winter

How To Effectively Protect Your Skin During Winter

During winter, your skin will get dry, flaky, and chapped. This can make you feel uncomfortable and itchy, but there are many practical ways to protect your skin during winter.

1. Cover your skin, head to toe.

It’s your natural instinct to bundle up, but don’t just pile on the layers. Make sure your skin is completely covered. Wear gloves on your hands‒preferably waterproof, if you live in a snowy climate. Wrap a scarf around your neck and protect any of your chest that isn’t covered by your coat. A hat pulled low will keep your ears warm, as well as protect your hair from wind and cold.

2. Don’t wash your hair every day.

It seems counter-intuitive, but you need to stop washing your hair every day. Shampooing your hair actually strips it of natural oils that keep your scalp healthy and moisturized. If you wash your hair every day, or almost every day, stopping might make your scalp overproduce this oil, so it might feel greasy for a little bit. Soon enough, your scalp will realize that it’s not being stripped of the oil and adapt to being washed every few days.

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3. Protect your hair when you do wash.

People think about keeping skin moist in cold weather, but rarely does anyone think about their hair. During the winter, your hair will get dry, which makes it brittle and susceptible to damage. For these few months, change to a shampoo that will provide more moisture than what you usually use, as long as it’s still healthy for your hair. Also look for a shampoo or hot oil treatment that will heal your hair, if it’s already been exposed to the cold and wind.

4. Change you skin care routine to provide more moisture.

The moisture from your skin evaporates quickly in the cold and wind of winter months, and your skin is producing less natural oil as well. Use a thicker, heavier moisturizer than you do in warmer seasons, as long as it is still good for your skin. Any change in your skin care regimen might cause you to break out initially until your skin gets used to it, so be aware that there’s an adjustment period before you give up on a certain product. Make sure you’re applying this new lotion as soon as you get out of the shower to lock in moisture, and wash it off with warm water every night to give your skin a chance to breathe.

5. Use sunscreen.

Sounds silly, doesn’t it? Who applies sunscreen before bundling up in a coat and mittens? You should! Though it may not be warming you up as it does in summer, don’t think the sun isn’t just as dangerous. In fact, the sun glaring off ice and snow might cause even more harm. Apply sunscreen half an hour before you go outside to give it a chance to dry and not stick to your clothes, and reapply frequently if you’ll be in the sun for long.

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    6. Use hand lotion.

    You use your hands for every task, all day, but it’s still so easy to forget that they need the most care. Often, you might not notice your hands need help until they’re chapped and cracked. Use a heavy moisturizing cream in the morning and evening, and apply lotion every time you wash your hands if you feel that soap and water dries them out too much. If you don’t want to get smears on your electronic screens or computer keyboards, make sure you find non-greasy lotion.

    7. Prevent chapped lips.

    You don’t realize how much you lick your lips until they start getting chapped! Use a moisturizing lip balm throughout the day to prevent this and keep your lips soft. Use it as part of your full body moisturizing routine, but also carry a tube with you to reapply as often as you need. If you’re going out in extreme cold, you can put a layer of Vaseline on top of your lip balm to keep the cold off of your lips even more.

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      8. Stay warm, not hot.

      When you’re cold, you want to be hot‒it’s only natural! Who knew it was bad for you? Going from cold to hot will actually make your skin drier more quickly. If you stay warm, you’ll have a more even temperature, and it’ll be better for your skin. Using a humidifier instead of a space heater will also help infuse moisture into the air. Remember this rule for bathing as well, and use warm water for showers instead of hot. The hot water will cause skin irritation and strip moisture from your hair.

      9. Avoid wet clothes.

      Wear as many waterproof items of clothing as you can, including gloves, boots, and your coat. Once your clothes get wet, change out of them into something warm and dry. Staying in wet clothes will irritate your skin, and can cause itchiness and sores.

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      10. Stay hydrated.

      You might want to sip hot coffee or cocoa, but it’s important to stay hydrated during colder weather. Avoid alcohol consumption, which dehydrates the body. Make sure you’re drinking your suggested eight glasses of water a day, which will not only help your body stay hydrated, but also your skin. Hydrated skin will be healthier, and combined with this moisturizing routine, your skin will look so great, you won’t even know it’s cold outside!

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      Last Updated on May 22, 2019

      10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

      10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

      There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

      One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

      In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

      Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

      1. Cat Camel Stretch

      Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

      Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

      Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

      Here’s a video to guide you through:

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      2. Go for a Walk or a Run

      This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

      Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

      The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

      Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

      Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

      3. Jumping Jacks

      Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

      Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

      4. Abductor Side Lifts

      Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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      Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

      5. Balancing Table Pose

      This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

      Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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        6. Leg Squats

        Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

        Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

        The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

        7. Push Ups

        You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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        An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

        Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

        This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

        8. Bicycle Crunches

        There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

        Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

        9. Lunges

        Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

        Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

        This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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        10. Bicep Curls

        You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

        Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

        Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

        Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

        Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

        These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

        You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

        Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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