WINTER’S CHILLY BLAST can quickly give
face, lips and hands a texture resembling the
skin of an armadillo. Cooler weather, indoor
heating and exposure to the elements all combine to rob skin of its natural moisture. It’s
important to revamp your skin-care routine
to combat dry, dull skin. Here are some tips to
protect your skin during the winter.
■ Don’t get into hot water. When you’re
cleansing your face or bathing, switch to warm
or tepid water (nothing above 90 degrees F,
according to the Mayo Clinic). Hot water dries
the skin, stripping it of its protective layer of
oil. If you love to soak in a tub, add some bath
oils. A gentle cleanser that doesn’t rob skin of
its natural oils may be a better choice to wash
your face than most soaps. Pat your skin gently
to dry. Leave it somewhat moist to let follow-up skin treatments help seal in that moisture.
■ Play a little defense. Smooth on a
moisturizing lotion that will hydrate and
nourish your skin all day long, as well as provide essential protection from the sun’s
harmful rays and environmental pollutants.
If you’re going outside, even briefly, and the
sun is shining, remember the rays are amplified if there is snow. Amazingly, the sun’s
reflective powers are 17 percent on the sand
and 80 percent on the snow!
■ Don’t forget the fragile eye area. The
thinner the skin, the more vulnerable it is and
the more likely it will dehydrate. Meaning that
when spring comes you’re likely to see more
wrinkles and creases, if left untended. A protective eye cream will rehydrate, restore
smoothness and brightness, and help reduce
fine lines and wrinkles. Apply gently to the
surrounding eye area; do not apply to lids.
■ Give your skin a nightly energy boost.
A restorative night cream helps to lift, firm
and smooth away wrinkles while you sleep. As
it aids in skin renewal, it helps to restore hydration, soothe your skin and allow you to awaken
with a more radiant, more youthful look.
So let it snow, let it blow, let winter throw
everything it wants to at you. Your face will be
well protected, well hydrated, and well nourished all winter!—Anita Thompson
HAY FEVER AND other allergies are the
sixth-leading cause of chronic disease, with
about 50 million sufferers each year in the
United States, according to the National
Institutes of Health.
In late January, for the first time,
Zyrtec®, one of the few allergy medications
approved for both indoor and outdoor allergies, will be available over the counter at
full prescription strength.
For those who have wanted to try
Zyrtec or are currently using it by prescription, access to this effective treatment will
be easier. Users will no longer have to wait
in a pharmacy line to have a prescription
filled; instead, different forms of the medication, suitable for the entire family, will be
available in the allergy section of pharmacies.
Costco members will find Zyrtec 10 mg
tablets, grape syrup and chewable tablets
on our pharmacy shelves. Due to a federal
law that places restrictions on the sale of
products containing pseudoephedrine,
Zyrtec D will be available only from behind
the pharmacy counter. C
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