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Happy November!
Posted by Dr. Joshua Fox

Happy November!
Posted by Dr. Joshua Fox on November 3, 2015

The change of seasons doesn’t only bring scenic foliage and holiday inspired coffee drinks. Unfortunately for us, the start of the fall season up until May are peak times for the cold and flu.

Woman with a cold

Ever read the back of your go-to cold and flu medication. Take DayQuil for example, the medication claims to temporarily relieve: nasal congestion, sinus congestion and pressure, minor aches and pains, headache, fever, and sore throat.

What about dry skin?

Yes I said dry skin, coughing and sneezing aren’t the only symptoms you can get from a cold. In fact many of the decongestion medications you are taking in combination with harsh outdoor factors and high indoor temperatures make for extremely dry skin.

Here are some quick tips to keep your skin healthy, while your body might not be:

Shower Strategy

While you may think a long hot shower will help with congestion and aches and pains, it actually is damaging to the skin. Keeping your showers short, and using warm water instead of hot can help prevent dry skin. Using harsh soaps is another way to strip the skin of its natural moisture. Consider using a soap-less cleanser, you get the same clean feeling without drying and irritating the skin. Another tip for the shower is keeping your moisturizer close by, perhaps even in the shower right next to the soap. You get the best results by using a moisturizer on wet skin, it helps to seal in the water, hydrating the skin even more.

woman legs photo

Moisturizer is a MUST:

If you read our Smart Shopping for Your Skin blog, you know our stance on moisturizing! Using a moisturizer in the shower alone, is not enough to combat all the factors targeting your skin on a day-to-day basis. Keeping moisturized all day long is key, especially in the area around your nose and your hands. During a cold those are the areas most affected because of the constant blowing of your nose and washing of your hands.

Hello Humidifier:

A great way to keep the moisture in the air and keep your skin hydrated is investing in a humidifier. With temperatures beginning to decrease the heat in your homes will soon be increasing, which makes it very difficult for skin to hold its moisture. Adding a humidifier to the room can stop dry air from pulling water from your skin. Your face, lips, hands –  pretty much your entire body will thank you in the morning!

Drink Up:

It’s no surprise that drinking water is necessary in order to keep your body and skin hydrated.

Young woman drinking water in the autumn park

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