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Tips for Maintaining Healthy Skin During Winter

Skin TipsJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Now that cold months are here, those who live in areas that experience frigid temperatures may notice that wintry weather can wreak havoc on their skin. Outdoor exposure to harsh winds, freezing temperatures and dry indoor heating can result in chapped lips and skin that is rough, dry, itchy, and irritated. Cold weather and low humidity result in dry air that takes moisture from the lips and skin. While sitting by a roaring fire may be cozy and warm, it can also contribute to dry skin. A hot shower or bath is a tempting way to warm up on a cold day, however hot water can strip natural oils from the skin, which keep it soft and pliable.

During winter months, normally fine facially lines may become more visible and skin may lose its youthful glow. While most people pay careful attention to their hand and facial skin, the body also requires some extra TLC, as dry skin commonly occurs on the arms and legs. Very dry skin can cause severe itching that may interfere with sleep or daily activities. Because cold air has very low humidity it can dry out the skin, as well as mucous membranes. Dry air can aggravate sinus troubles and asthma or cause throat discomfort and nosebleeds.

Simple changes to one’s usual skincare routine and a few lifestyle adjustments can help to combat the harsh effects of winter weather. Extra hydration and dietary considerations can help keep the skin moist, supple and comfortable throughout the season.

  • As long as it’s properly maintained, a cool mist humidifier can be utilized to add moisture to the air. A humidifier can be especially helpful during a cold or respiratory illness or to relieve a case of extremely dry skin or associated dermatitis.
  • Use warm, rather than hot water for baths and showers. Hot water actually dehydrates the skin and quickly evaporates, which can subject the skin to “winter itch.”
  • Limit showers or soaks in the tub to no more than 10 minutes every 24 hour period. Adding a few drops of essential oil to the bath water will help moisturize the skin but may also make the tub slippery, so be wary.
  • Use only mild unscented soap designed for sensitive skin or try a gentle moisturizing soap to repair and protect the skin’s moisture barrier.
  • After bathing, pat skin dry and apply a moisturizer while skin is still damp to help prevent moisture evaporation. For very dry skin, apply moisturizer again later in the day or before bed.
  • If skin is dry in winter, switch to a moisturizing cream rather than a light lotion. Avoid fragrances with can also further irritate dry skin. Use a noncomedogenic cream on the face to avoid clogging pores.
  • Don’t exfoliate if the skin is very dry. Gentle exfoliation of normal skin can give the skin a healthy glow. As well, gentle exfoliation removes old skin cells and helps speed up skin cell regeneration, allowing better penetration of applied moisturizer.
  • Gently exfoliate lips when they are dry or chapped. You can lightly brush them with a dry toothbrush or use a wash cloth and a splash of warm water.
  • Thin skin of the lips tends to dry faster than skin on the body. When lips are chapped try to avoid licking them, which exacerbates the problem. To repair and prevent chapped lips, regularly apply lip balm with natural moisturizing ingredients such as beeswax, shea butter, coconut butter or olive oil.
  • Cuticles also tend to be dry during winter months. Use a cuticle cream regularly or apply olive oil several times a week.
  • Chronic skin conditions can worsen during seasonal changes. Symptoms of stress can also exacerbate the skin. Relaxation techniques can help bring both the body and the skin back into balance, helping to keep skin conditions under control.
  • Drink plenty of hydrating fluids to moisturize the skin from the inside out. Limit caffeinated beverages that trigger the body to eliminate water.
  • Indulge in watery foods such as soups and salads, as well as antioxidant -rich colorful vegetables and fruits to nourish the skin and provide a healthy glow.
  • Be sure the diet includes healthy fats found in nuts, olives, avocados and fatty fish. A diet deficient in essential fatty acids can result in dry, lackluster skin.

Vitamins are crucial for maintaining healthy skin. Collagen plays a central role in skin health and may help with skin elasticity and hydration. Vitamin D aids skin, immune and bone health. Fish oil may help soothe inflammation. Antioxidant vitamin C helps to prevent cell damage and stimulates collagen synthesis, while vitamin E helps preserve skin health. Curcumin has been shown to help relieve inflammation and soothe skin irritation. Vitamin A provides a first line of defense against skin issues, and helps reduce signs of aging when applied in a topical cream directly to the skin. Multivitamins provide a range of nutrients that support skin repair, skin elasticity and overall wellness.

Professional Supplement Center offers many high quality nutritional supplements in support of skin and overall health:

Collagen PeptidesCollagen Peptides by Vital Proteins: These highly digestible bioavailable collagen peptides are sourced from grass-fed, pastured-raised bovine hides in support of skin, joint, ligament, tendon, hair and nail health. Odorless and tasteless, each serving provides 20 g of collagen containing 18 essential and non-essential amino acids. Gluten, dairy and sugar free single ingredient formula.

Vitamin C Renewing...Vitamin C Renewing Moisturizer by DermaE Natural Skincare: This synergistic eco-ethical skincare moisturizer provides a stable non-oxidizing form of vitamin C along with probiotics and rooibos in support of the skin’s natural defenses. A lightweight radiance-boosting moisturizer, this 100% vegan product supports collagen health, helping skin to appear smoother, firmer and revitalized. Free of parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, soy, petrolatum and artificial colors. Non-GMO formulation.

Lip BalmLip Balm by Living Nature: This truly nourishing lip balm seals in moisture to prevent dehydration with antimicrobial manuka honey, calendula, soothing essential oils and fruit waxes. Good enough to eat, this certified natural balm leaves lips beautifully soft and supple. Use alone or as an ideal color-free base before applying your favorite lip color. Free of parabens, surfactants, petrochemicals, phthalates, BPA and artificial fragrances. Non-GMO formulation.

Lip Care StickLip Care Stick by Dr. Hauschka: Moisturizing and protective, Lip Care Stick nurtures dry, chapped lips, soothing and softening even the most sensitive lips without causing dependency. This fortifying  formulation promotes healthy lips with sweet almond and apricot kernel oils, shea butter, rose hips, beeswax, carrot extract and more. Free of synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives, mineral oils, parabens, and PEGs. Dermatologically tested, 100% certified organic fair trade ingredients.

References:
Dermatologists’ top tips for relieving dry skin. https://www.aad.org/public/skin-hair-nails/skin-care/dry-skin
Winter dry skin. https://uihc.org/health-topics/winter-dry-skin
Top 10 Tips for Healthy Winter Skin. https://www.everydayhealth.com/skin-and-beauty/top-tips-for-healthy-winter-skin.aspx

2017 Nutrition, Health and Lifestyle Trends

2017TrendsJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

At the beginning of the new year, some subscribe to the philosophy, “Out with the old and in with the new!” Of the endless possibilities, perhaps, you’d like to lose weight, exercise more, stress less, get to bed earlier, declutter your home, arrive on time, or devote more time to family or personal pursuits. Whatever your goals, it’s interesting to look back on 2016 to see what worked for you, as well as what didn’t, and peek at some wellness and lifestyle predictions for 2017. From fitness trackers, to exercise as medicine, to workplace wellness, to detoxifying yoga poses, 2017 is sure to be an interesting year.

A trend is a developing movement that creates behavioral change. One such trend, influenced by progressive health conscious consumers, is redefining and creating an enthusiasm for real whole food. As health, wellness, and sustainability converge, people are proactively seeking out locally grown, sustainably harvested, humanely raised, and crafted foods, and are shying away from fat-free, highly sweetened, and industrially produced processed foods.

Plant based diets – Interest in flexitarian, vegetarian and vegan diets is growing in popularity, not only for health reasons, but for ethical and environmental concerns as well. A plant-based approach to nutrition is one of the best for disease prevention, weight control and optimal health. Plant based proteins made from peas, chickpeas and lentils are expected to rise in popularity, along with fermented foods that support a healthy microbiome. Generally, people are reducing their consumption of animal products by adding vegan or vegetarian meals to their weekly menu planning.

Eating ethically – Sustainability may be one of the most important trends to watch. Consumers are demanding healthy, nutritious organically grown foods, grass-fed meats and free range eggs and poultry. Despite efforts to squelch labeling of GMO foods, producers are responding to public demand. Expect to see this trend continue in 2017 and beyond.

Food waste is out – A growing movement to end food waste will continue, as the realization that almost 40% of food in the U.S. goes to waste and 97% of that ends up in the landfill, contributing to greenhouse gases and global warming. Reducing your own food waste is beneficial to both your wallet and the environment. To reduce food waste, shop with a list and purchase only what you need.

Supplements are in – Consumers have embraced the value of dietary supplements to support health and nutrition. Omega-3 fish oils, probiotics, superfood smoothies, collagen powders and multivitamin gummies are rising in popularity as easy ways to supplement a nutrient dense eating plan.

Energy management – Energy is becoming a buzz word in terms of health and wellness. As more realize the very important connection between consumption, energy production and the inflammatory response, understanding the correlation between nutrition and wellness may become more mainstream.

Physical activity for healthy aging – Beyond weight management, physical activity for every age group helps to maintain good health, fitness and independence. Staying active throughout life helps to decrease the risk of chronic debilitating diseases and allows for the maintenance of flexibility and balance. People of all ages now recognize that taking a personal interest in daily activity supports both cognitive and physical health.

High intensity interval training – Sixty minute runs and bike rides are out, while shorter, more effective high intensity workouts are in. Think ten minutes of interval training comprising short bursts of exercise followed by ten seconds of rest. Start slowly and intensify as your limits increase.

Boutique studios are in – Specialty studios, that offer a concentration in specific areas of interest, such as cycling, yoga or Pilates, often provide a more personal touch through highly trained instructors.

Fitness trackersPer its annual survey, the American College of Sports Medicine predicted that wearable technology will continue to be a top fitness trend in 2017. Everyone, it seems, is wearing a fitness tracker to help keep them goal oriented and accountable.

Time to declutter – Donating items that are no longer useful is freeing and brings energy into your home and life. According to Marie Kondo, author of the bestselling book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, if an item no longer brings you joy, it has become a burden and it’s time to let it go.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and many other high quality products to support your health, wellness and nutrition goals:

Bone Broth Protein...ON SALE   Bone Broth Protein™ Banana Crème by Ancient Nutrition – Rich in protein, collagen, gelatin, glucosamine, chondroitin and minerals, this carefully crafted, gut friendly powdered formula supports immune, joint, skin and muscle health. Soy, dairy and common allergen free, Non-GMO formulation.

Blue Green SuperfoodBlue Green Superfood by Fortifeye® Vitamins – This paleo and IBS friendly powdered superfood mix provides American sourced organic berries, green superfoods and cinnamon with no binders, fillers or added fiber. Designed for overall wellness, Blue Green Superfood is Non-GMO, vegan, and gluten, dairy, corn and soy free.

Sport Oxylent...ON SALE   Sport Oxylent Blueberry Burst by Oxylent – This science-backed supplement drink mix is formulated to support sustained energy, enhanced muscle strength, and reduced recovery time. As an all in one solution for pre-, during, and post-workout support, Sport Oxylent provides amino acids, vitamins, minerals, electrolytes and other select nutrients for athletes, exercise enthusiasts and the physically active. Gluten, soy and dairy free, Non-GMO formulation.

Collagen PeptidesCollagen Peptides by Vital Proteins – Sustainably sourced from pasture-raised cattle, this natural anti-aging protein supports healthy skin, bones and joints with highly bioavailable collagen peptides. Highly digestible and minimally processed, Collagen Peptides may be mixed with warm or cold foods or drinks. Gluten and rBGH free, Non-GMO kosher formulation.

Adult CompleteAdult Complete by SmartyPants Vitamins – This adult chewable provides bioavailable vitamins, minerals and omega-3 essential fatty acids. Third party tested to ensure purity, these naturally flavored gummies are gluten, dairy and shellfish free, Non-GMO and sweetened with organic cane sugar.

Vegan Garden Gummy...ON SALE  Vegan Garden Gummy Adult Organic Multivitamin by Nature’s Dynamics – This 100% plant-based gummy contains vitamins and minerals sourced from whole organic foods as well as co-nutrients and cofactors that aid in the digestion and utilization of the nutrients. Easily absorbable, these high quality, Non-GMO, great tasting chewables are gluten, soy, and dairy free.

References:
Consumer Trends in Health and Wellness. http://www.forbes.com/sites/thehartmangroup/2015/11/19/consumer-trends-in-health-and-wellness/#4c09f544be7e
Health Buzz: These Fitness Trends Will Rule 2017. http://health.usnews.com/wellness/health-buzz/articles/2016-10-26/these-fitness-trends-will-rule-2017-the-american-college-of-sports-medicine-says
Fad or Trend. http://uncwellness.com/2013/02/fad-or-trend/
11 Health and Wellness Trends That Are In (and What’s Out). http://www.mydomaine.com/wellness-trends/slide15
End Food Waste Now. http://www.endfoodwastenow.org/index.php/issues/consumer-1
Millennials Are Seeking The Fountain of Youth Through Healthy Aging. http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/insights/news/2014/millennials-are-seeking-the-fountain-of-youth-through-healthy-aging.html