Making your Skin Better in Sweater Weather

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As the snow on the ground layers up, so do we. The only thing more crucial than layering up in a thick knit, heavy sweater is lathering up on heavy moisturizers. According to everydayhealth.com, the moisture in your skin is evaporates and gets dry just as the air does during the winter. The toll that our skin takes from the harsh brisk air has coined the name “winter skin”.

While it’s no question that we rather be somewhere warm, lathering up in sunscreen instead of coping with our winter skin -it’s important that we accommodate to our environment for the sake of health skin.

The easiest solution to healthy, moisturized skin may seem obvious, but there is more to consider when implementing your skin care plan than just slapping on thick layers of moisturizers and creams. Here are ways to create your best skin care regimen to combat winter skin:

 

Home Remedies: Don’t limit yourself to just lotion. There are plenty of natural oils that can assist in healthy skin. The best lotion substitutes may very well already be in your household. Grab some coconut oil or olive oil to apply on problematic areas and leave on overnight.

Humidifier: You can’t control the dry air outside but you might as well make sure the air around you is skin friendly while you’re inside. Getting a humidifier will replenish the lack of moisture in the air and in your skin.

Fragrance Free Fabric softeners: The fragrance that is found in softeners might be the only pleasant thing about laundry day but fabric softeners that are unscented will be your best bet for obtaining happy skin. According to Harvard Medical school, the additives in softeners and detergents can irritate your skin.

Limit hot showers: This might be the most sufferable tip to abide by during the winter time but if you at least limit your hot showers to half of your usual shower time, you can easily improve your skin’s health. Either lukewarm showers or warm showers without your face directly in the hot water will promote good maintenance of moisture in your complexion.

 

“It’s a good day to have a good one.”

-Alena Purpero

Hold that Pose!

What words come to mind when you think of muscle building or strength training? Weights, a medicine ball, fancy weight machines, and dumbbells? But, why all of the materialist items? Do we really need all of that to build strength?

Pic 1 for Hold that Pose  Now, what words come to mind when you think of flexibility? Stretching obviously, and perhaps Yoga? So why is it that we associate only stretching with yoga immediately? Because the truth is, with Yoga and other resistance training exercises comes strength training that you can’t get from weight lifting. So if you’re short of weights or don’t have access to a weight lifting machine, good news: one of the best pieces of equipment you can have for strength training is your own body and here’s why:

  • While weights are a great way to build a specific group of muscles, we isolate that group of muscles while neglecting others. As bodybuilding.com states, “We forget about the smaller but very important intrinsic muscles that hold the body together in optimal alignment. When we neglect these muscles, the body’s way of letting you know about it is through bouts of dull pain or aches in your shoulders, knees or lower back that were not there before” (Clark et al., 2008).
  • Holding yoga poses and other resistance training exercises opposed to weight lifting, breaks down to a matter of eccentric contraction in the muscles vs. concentric contraction.

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Yoga relies on eccentric contraction, where the muscle stretches as it contracts. This gives the muscle a sleek and lengthy look.

Weight training relies on the opposing principle of concentric contraction. The muscle gets smaller as it contracts. This gives the muscle a compact, bulging appearance.

-Why does it matter to know the difference? Muscle strengthening may be most effective by doing eccentric contractions.

  • Yoga increases muscle endurance, since it is a matter of holding a given pose oppose to short compulsions of a repeated pose.

So next time you shut down a yoga class because you think you won’t benefit from it, revaluate all of the positive outcomes that comes with Yoga and Resistance training. Not only does it work as a double whammy, stretching and building muscle, but it focuses on muscles we usually neglect when weight lifting. As Nicholas DiNubile, says “Yoga can be just as effective as weights when it comes to building a stronger, more impressive physique.” Whether you’re trying out a yoga class for the first time or holding planks or wall sits in your room, broaden your horizon of muscles to focus on instead of isolating one group and neglecting others.

“It’s a good day to have a good one!”

-Alena Purpero