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How to Keep Skin Hydrated in the Cold Winter Months

Cold weather and low humidity levels result in dry air, which then steals moisture away from the skin every second of every day. Without immediate care, dry skin can lead to cracking and bleeding, and harsh winter wind makes the problem worse. Indoor heat further robs the air of moisture, as do hot showers or baths and harsh cleansers.

  • Drink – We tend to drink less water in the winter because we turn to hot drinks like cocoa and tea, but don’t forget that your skin needs hydration from the inside, out.
  • Choose Moisturizer Carefully – Be sure to choose a smart formula that has natural, nourishing ingredients. Go for an oil-based rather than a water-based solution, as it’s more likely to help your skin retain moisture in the winter.
  • Wash in Lukewarm Water – Hot showers and baths always feel good in the winter, but when you can, particularly when just washing your face or hands, choose lukewarm water to avoid stripping as many oils away from the skin.
  • Protect – Get used to wearing gloves and scarves to protect skin from cold winds, rain, and snow. Also, don’t forget the sunscreen.
  • Hydrate From the Inside Out – Eating foods high in water content can help hydrate your skin from the inside out. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin C and zinc to support the healthy production of collagen and elastin.

Natural Remedies for Sore Throat

Throat pain is the primary symptom of a sore throat. It may get worse when you try to swallow, and you may have difficulty swallowing food and liquids. A sore throat is painful and may prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. But there are home remedies you can use to soothe the pain and irritation.

  1. Honey – Honey mixed in tea or taken on its own is a common household remedy for a sore throat. Honey is an effective wound healer, which means it may help speed healing for sore throats.
  1. Saltwater – Gargling with warm salt water can help soothe a sore throat and break down secretions. Make a saltwater solution with a half-teaspoon of salt in a full glass of warm water. Gargle it to help reduce swelling and keep the throat clean.
  1. Marshmallow root – Marshmallow root contains a mucus-like substance that coats and soothes a sore throat. Simply add some of the dried roots to a cup of boiling water to make tea. Sipping the tea two to three times a day may help ease throat pain.
  1. Garlic – Garlic also has natural antibacterial properties. It contains allicin, an organosulfur compound known for its ability to fight off infections.
  2. Peppermint – Peppermint is known for its ability to freshen breath. Diluted peppermint oil sprays may also relieve sore throats. Peppermint contains menthol, which helps thin mucus and calm sore throats and coughs.

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