winter's impact on the skin
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Like other parts of the body, the eyes suffer from exposure to the hot, dry atmosphere of central heating. This dries the cornea and causes marginal dry-eye syndrome, aggravated by sitting in front of computers or TVs as we tend to blink less, causing the tear layer on the cornea to evaporate.
Blinking flushes out dust and remoistens the eye. To Blinking flushes out dust and remoistens the eye. To combat dry eyes, apply hot compresses or artifical lubricants. Keep the oil-producing tear glands on the edge of the eyelid moist by washing with a cotton wool bud dipped in diluted baby shampoo.
Lips have little defence against the cold due to their thin outer layer and lack of oil-producing glands. They lose moisture fast, leaving them prone to dry-ness and cracking.
Cracked lips are a sign of a B-complex vitamins deficiency, so a supplement is advisable. Licking chapped lips will quickly evaporate the moisture, aggravating dryness. Use a strong barrier cream such as petroleum jelly.
Hands & Feet
SkinSkin suffers in winter dry air, and harsh wind can result in cracking. It also remains vulnerable to ultra-violet rays, so a moisturiser with an SP15 should be worn. Spend less time in hot showers and baths.
Select heavy moisturisers with petroleum jelly or Select heavy moisturisers with petroleum jelly or silicone derivatives to trap moisture and apply after washing when the skin is still damp. When moisturising the skin, place Vaseline on a cotton bud and apply it to the rim of your nostrils to reduce the dry air coming through that causes a red, sore nose. Humidify indoor air - place a bowl of water by a radiator.of water by a radiator.
Hands become rough and chapped when exposed toharsh elements and the dry atmosphere of central heating.Moisten immediately after washing to seal in water the skin has absorbed. Use soap with emollients.
Chilblains also disfigure hands and feet as superficial blood vessels contract, causing skin to go pale Chilblains also disfigure hands and feet as superficial blood vessels contract, causing skin to go pale and numb then red, swollen and itchy. Gentle rewarming at room temperature is the safest way to treat chilblains, and keep affected parts as warm and dry as possible during cold weather. If the skin is broken, apply calendula ointment.
From sore eyes to cracked lips,exposure to the harsh createsa broad range of problems.
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Winter’s Impacton the Skin