Changing with the Seasons

By Alexandra Krueger

Instead of enduring winter woes, alleviate dry skin, ill health, and Seasonal Affective Disorder with helpful tips

When winter finally arrives in the Central Valley (after a sweltering summer that lasted well into November), many of us are glad for a change. However, winter holds a few problems of its own. With the right information, you can curtail each issue and enjoy the chilly season.

Dry Skin
To combat dry skin in the winter time, most people lather up with the nearest lotion. However, that only treats the symptom of the problem. While moisturizing is important, there are many other things you can do to keep your skin supple and calm.

First on that list is soap: During the winter, make sure your soap is pH balanced, or at the very least “gentle”. Also, be wary of using exfoliators during the colder months, as they can aggravate your skin further.

A great life-pro tip is to keep your showers short. We know how good it feels to hop in the hot shower when there’s frost in the air—unfortunately, excessive exposure to hot water strips your skin of its natural oils, something you definitely need to combat dry skin.

Ill Health
Most folks think it’s a given that you get sick at least once during the colder months. This doesn’t have to be the case! However, Jack Frost will knock you on your behind if you don’t at least get a flu shot, so make that a priority this season, especially if you’re over 65.

Other common methods employed to ward off the flu include washing your hands often, not touching your nose, mouth, or eyes with your hands, and even wearing a face mask.

Perusing the veggie aisle in the winter time will also combat your chances of falling ill. While you might not be craving a salad in January, if you deprive your immune system of nutrients, it won’t function as well as it should—leaving you vulnerable to illness.

Seasonal Affective Disorder
Common ways to fight SAD include light therapy using SAD Lamps, (or as we like to call them, Happy Lamps), antidepressant medication, and therapy.

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