Thursday, January 17, 2013
Vaseline--I love you
Now comes a doc who actually recommends Vaseline for winter-skin care.
I don't know about you, but my skin is kissing my body good-bye this winter--and it never goes below 50 degrees out here in the Sonoran Desert.
A doc at the Montefiore Medical Center in NY says bacteria love to colonize skin cracks--and get into your body as a whole. This is a big no-no.
Shower once a day for less than 10 mins--and don't turn on the heat full force. No harsh scrubs. Don't leave kids in the tub to steep for a long time either. They can get crud in winter even if they don't have skin problems.
When your skin is wet, slap on some Vaseline, then towel dry. The water then goes back in your skin. This will not be too greasy--try it!
Also, try for more B vitamins..turkey, tuna, whole grains, lentils and bananas. Beer or alcohol depletes the B's and can make skin worse. Also--more vitamin C--citrus.
And even though it's cold--don't forget the sunscreen, SPF 30 and UVA protection.
Also--I rarely do this--but have you tried a thick cream called Working Hands? It's inexpensive and works to close those icky cracks.
Working Hands and the big V--Vaseline. That's the best skinny.