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Spring is in the Air ~ Preparing you skin for the Summer Months

Spring the transition time between winter and summer. Often referred to the season of rebirth, renewal and regrowth. In the US and some other regions of the Northern Hemisphere the vernal equinox (around March 20 or 21) marks the first day of spring, while the summer solstice marks the first day of summer (usually June 21).

In spring, the axis of the Earth is increasing its tilt toward the Sun and the length of daylight rapidly increases for the relevant hemisphere. It begins to warm definitely causing new plant growth to “spring forth” giving the season it name. Snow begins to melt, and streams swell from the runoff; frost becomes less severe. In areas where no snow and rare frost happens, air and ground temperatures rise rapidly. Many flowering plants bloom this time of year making everything colorful and fresh.

This is also the time of year marked by unstable air as the cold winter air is replaced with the warmer air causing warmer rains, tornado’s, super cell thunderstorms, hail, and heavy wind causing the jet stream to play an important role in unstable and severe weather in the Northern Hemisphere.

With springtime here the needs of our skin change. In the winter months we are indoors more. Cold weather, central heating and heavy starchy foods can all conspire to make a mockery of your skin care routine. No matter what your skin type you’re sure to notice the effects at some point during the winter. As I have said before moisturizer is the number one weapon against winter weather.

In the spring we are outdoors more, in the sunshine and water. Here are some tips on changing your skin care and makeup regime from winter to summer.

Review your routine and switch as needed. Is your skin care routine for springtime? As temperatures rise, everyone’s complexion tends to get oilier, so even if you have dry or combination skin, you might need a lighter moisturizer. If your skin is really oily, you might want to switch to a serum. These are very lightweight and deliver a powerful dose of nourishing ingredients. Oily skin types should also consider applying a Mattifyer which controls oil for up to eight hours. If that’s too drying apply a primer before your makeup. You might also consider switching from rehydrating make-up – such as a moisturizer foundation, concealer, or blush – to a light dusting of powder foundation, bronzer or blush and apply a light lip gloss. Keeping it simple in the Springtime.

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If your like me this time of year can be most uncomfortable when it comes to crawling itchy dry skin. Cold weather outside. Drastic temperature changes, household heaters turned up.  No wonder our skin is confused.

For many, dry skin is not a sign of a skin condition or disease, but is simply caused by harsh soaps, itchy clothing, misusing moisturizer, and long, hot showers. Normal, healthy skin is coated in a thin layer of natural lipids, or fatty substances. They keep in moisture, leaving the skin soft and supple.

Here are some of the most common symptoms of Dry Skin.

Pat Dry

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Dry Skin and Moisturizer Misuse ~~If you don’t apply your moisturizer correctly them you aren’t getting any of the benefits of it. You have to put on moisturizer when your skin is still damp, the moisturizer is trapping the moisture still on your skin.” Your skin shouldn’t be sopping wet – just pat yourself dry with a towel and put it on. Let it soak in for a few minutes, and then towel off the excess. Try any one of the Moisture Therapy products: Ultra Skin Renewal, Intensive Treatment, Oatmeal, Vitamin Skin Defense.  All available in 13.5 fl oz Body Lotion, 4.2fl oz Hand Cream and our new Bonus Size 33.8fl oz Body lotion. All on Sale NOW!

Dry Skin and Dry Air ~~ Dry air is probably the most common cause of dry skin, especially during the winter. It draws the moisture right out of the skin.” While cold, harsh weather does dry your skin, another big problem in the winter lies indoors — the dry heat churned out by your furnace.

Long, Hot Showers & Baths Also Dry Skin ~~

Prolonged exposure to water – especially hot water  – can wash away the natural oils that protect your skin. Turn the temperature down and shorten the length of time your in the water. Use cream oil body wash or shower Gel,  like Skin So Soft

Use Skin so Soft in the shower

Soapy Skin, Dry Skin?~~

Soap can be one of the biggest problems people have with dry skin  Soap can quickly strip away your skin’s protective oils, and we tend to use way too much of it. The average person who goes to school or work

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just doesn’t get very dirty during the day. However in the shower many people scrub at their skin like it’s the bottom of their shoes. Unless you’re a ditch digger, the only parts of the body that need any soap or cleanser at all are the face, hands, feet, groin and underarms. The rest of the body can usually just be rinsed off with water. Using an oil type body wash or shower gel will help restore some of that lost moisture your skin needs to stay healthy.  Avon’s world famous Skin So Soft products are a great choice for this. Available in Body Wash, Body Lotion, Shower Gel, Serums Gelled Body Oil. In Original scent and Signature Silk.

Itchy Clothing and Dry Skin~~

No matter how much you might love the look of a wool sweater, it’s not worth it if it’s uncomfortable. Dry skin is especially sensitive to contact irritants, so continually exposing your skin to uncomfortable clothing could make your skin drier and itchier.  Go with clothes that feel comfortable the first time you put them on. Make sure your clothing isn’t too tight either, since chafing can also cause and irritate dry skin. And remember, if your skin feels irritated, use detergents without perfumes or dyes.


Wear Soft comfortable Fabrics Instead

Some Drugs May Dry Skin~~

A number of drugs have the side effect of drying out the skin. They include:

  • High blood pressure drugs, like diuretics
  • Retinoids like Retin-A used for acne and for other purposes

  • Getting Help for Dry, Itchy Skin

    While dry skin can be a sign of these more serious health conditions, it’s usually nothing more than run-of-the-mill dry skin — regardless of how horrible it feels.

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