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Save Your Skin from Harsh Winter Weather

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Playing in the snow is fun, but make sure to take care of your skin during winter outings.

Dry, frigid weather has blanketed much of the United States, and as a result, millions may be experiencing dry, itchy skin. Harsh winter weather can cause serious damage to your skin, so it’s important to take care of your body’s largest organ with a Calendula-based topical

The flowers of the Calendula officinalis plant, also known as garden marigold, have been used for generations to heal skin irritations. It’s the active ingredient in the Boiron Calendula line of topicals that include cream, ointment, and gel.

The cream promotes the healing of cuts, scrapes, chafing, minor burns, and sunburn while the cream’s base soothes and moisturizes*, perfect after a day on the slopes.

The ointment’s petroleum jelly base soothes, protects, and moisturizes while the homeopathic medicine heals. Try it on chapped lips and sore noses.

The gel is ideal for insect stings and bites, shaving nicks, razor burn, and brush burn.* Cool and refreshing upon contact, the non-greasy, non-sticky, water-based formula leaves no residue. It’s free of fragrances, dyes, and parabens. For more information, visit BoironCalendula.com.

The American Academy of Dermatology offers these tips for keeping your skin healthy in winter:

  • Limit your bath or shower to five to 10 minutes and use warm — not hot — water. Hot water removes oil from your skin.
  • Avoid harsh, drying soaps. It's best to use cleansing creams or gentle skin cleansers and bath or shower gels with added moisturizers. Choose mild soaps that have added oils and fats.
  • Apply moisturizers immediately after bathing. Gently pat your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains. Then moisturize your skin with an oil or cream to help trap water in the surface cells.
  • Use a humidifier. Hot, dry, indoor air can parch sensitive skin and worsen itching and flaking. A portable home humidifier or one attached to your furnace adds moisture to the air inside your home. Be sure to keep your humidifier clean to ward off bacteria and fungi.
  • Choose fabrics that are kind to your skin. Natural fibers, such as cotton and silk, allow your skin to breathe. But wool, although natural, can irritate even normal skin. Wash your clothes with detergents without dyes or perfumes, both of which can irritate your skin.
  • Use sunscreen. If you’ll be spending time outside, make sure to apply sunscreen to any exposed area.

*These “Uses” have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

Lorraine Ladish, founder of VivaFifty.com, keeps Boiron Calendula products on hand for a variety of skin irritations affecting her family.

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