Win­ter­ize your skin

Prince Albert Daily Herald - - OPINION -

the eyes when ex­hal­ing to keep out the smoke, in­creases wrin­kles. More­over, heat and smoke from cig­a­rettes dam­age skin over the years.

Rule # Two

Do I al­ways prac­tice what I preach? Yes, I try to fol­low a sound life­style, hav­ing reached my 94th year! But I do cheat on one rule. In win­ter, I love a long, hot, morn­ing shower. Not a good idea. It causes dry, itchy, skin. So, take short baths and show­ers in cold weather with warm, not hot wa­ter. Rule # Three

Der­ma­tol­o­gists ad­vise against the use of strong soaps that strip oil from skin leav­ing it dry. They sug­gest mild soaps or de­ter­gent sub­sti­tutes which con­tain added oils and fats. For in­stance, Dove, Pur­pose, Clin­i­derm and Ce­taphil.

Rule # Four

Sev­eral spe­cial­ists I in­ter­viewed ad­vised against soap ad­di­tives, such as per­fumes and dyes which can ir­ri­tate skin and may cause al­ler­gic re­ac­tion. When wear­ing makeup, use a soft sponge or cot­ton balls to re­move it. And for heavy wa­ter­proof makeup you need oil based prod­ucts such as petro­latium jelly or Aquaphor. Fi­nally, they say, be sure to pat skin dry with a soft towel. All this sounds very time­con­sum­ing to me. Pos­si­bly this is why more men end up with prune faces than women!

Rule # Five

To­day, in large cities, the buzz word for prime real es­tate is lo­ca­tion, lo­ca­tion, lo­ca­tion. The prime se­cret for healthy skin is mois­ture, mois­ture, mois­ture, to pre­vent win­ter itch and dry skin. Over­heated homes, fire­places, car­pets and fur­ni­ture all suck mois­ture out of the air. One study showed that the av­er­age home in win­ter is as dry as the Sa­hara Desert!

Dr. Suzanne Gagnon is a prom­i­nent Mon­treal der­ma­tol­o­gist. Since I’m an ad­vo­cate of nat­u­ral reme­dies I asked her if she rec­om­mends a nat­u­ral one to mois­tur­ize skin. She re­sponded two, Rev­ersa, a body lo­tion, and Rev­ersa Skin Resur­fac­ing face cream. They both con­tain gly­colic acid, a nat­u­ral de­riv­a­tive of sugar cane. The lo­tion not only mois­tur­izes skin, but also im­proves the top layer, the stra­tum corneum, by lock­ing in mois­ture to smooth and soften it. Gly­colic acid also treats com­mon lit­tle bumps on skin known as “chicken skin”. Dr. Gagnon re­minds pa­tients that all parts of the body need mois­ture, but for max­i­mum ef­fect, Rev­ersa lo­tion should be ap­plied to where the stra­tum corneum is es­pe­cially thick, like el­bows, knees and feet. Af­ter all, she points out, soft feet don’t tear ny­lons!

I hope de­vi­a­tion from hu­man ill­ness this week pleases my ed­i­tor and read­ers. I have never been an ad­vo­cate of rad­i­cal skin treat­ment such as plas­tic surgery or Bo­tox in­jec­tions. Rather, I be­lieve it makes more sense to treat skin with TLC (ten­der lov­ing care) over a life­time. This means mois­ture, mois­ture, mois­ture.

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