By Frenissa Mae Caluscusin Riconalla
Freine, a healthy lifestyle advocate and VMV fan wrote us to share her tips on surviving the holidays with sensitive skin:
The -BER months are here and you know who knew? Your skin, especially if it’s atopic. Your body’s largest organ changes in order to cope with the seasons. In chillier weather, atopic skin is even more prone to dryness and flaking becuase it will be in dehydrating, climate-controlled rooms most of the time, and atopic skin can become itchy due to the loss of moisture. Remember that no matter how tempted you are to scratch you must resist the urge to do so. It will only kick start the itch-scratch-itch cycle. So, how can you take care of your atopic skin during the holidays?
MOISTURIZE: MAKE IT A HABIT
Moisturizing is one of the best preventive measures out there. Save yourself from unnecessary dryness, itching and rashes with this key step. Moisturize with truly hypoallergenic products. Sadly, there are products out there that claim to be hypoallergenic but are essentially not. Read ingredients lists thoroughly. Stay away from dyes, fragrances, parabens, preservatives or any ingredient that you know you’re allergic to.
SENSITIVE SKIN TIP:
Since it’s the season of exchanging gifts, put your favorite moisturizers on your Secret Santa wish list!
STAY HEALTHY – GET ENOUGH N.H.E.R.
Taking care of atopic skin on the outside is not enough. Just like normal skin, it needs to be nourished with Nutrients, Hydration, Exercise and Rest. A healthy body = healthy skin.
Don’t deprive yourself of the late-nights and parties or the delicious food… but don’t overindulge either. As much as possible, go for healthier options like vegetables, fruits and lean meat. Water is still the best go-to for optimum hydration. Tastes like nada? Add a squeeze of lemon or choose fresh juice (no sugar added). If you can’t avoid them, eat and drink the sinfully delicious in moderation, and don’t forget to exercise! Exercise is another habit that must not be placed on hiatus during the holidays. If you haven’t established an exercise regimen, do so now. Your skin will love you for this.
Rest is very important to prevent the rash-inducing stressful moments the holidays can bring. Plan activities and parties early on and do not book back-to-back-to-back events.
GLOW FROM WITHIN – Enjoy.
This time is meant to be enjoyed with family and friends. Reconnect with your loved ones. Keep the true meaning of the holidays at heart despite the chill and hubbub. Have fun! The glow will show in your skin.
With atopic skin, a little extra tender loving care is needed. Don’t feel guilty… for needing an extra five minutes in the bathroom to moisturize, for sleeping in on some mornings or for pampering yourself. You, and your skin, deserve it!
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