Richmond, VA (PRWEB) January 02, 2014
Summer isn't the only season to worry about skin damage thanks to the risk of overexposure in the hot sun. Winter, too, can also be brutal for skin, Experient Health wrote in its latest edition to the Living Well Blog series.
Experient Health is the health insurance arm of the Virginia Farm Bureau and works to keep families, individuals and the community healthy through education and appropriate health insurance coverage.
"The dry winter air can cause flaking, cracking and itchy skin as well as chapped lips," Experient Health wrote. "Even worse, the problem is exacerbated once you step inside a heated area or hot shower, where furnace air or scalding water dries skin out even more. Dry skin can even lead to eczema."
Winterizing skin starts with a good cleanser and avoiding foaming face washes and alcohol-based toners. Instead, Experient Health suggests, look for antioxidant-rich products that contain ingredients like tocopherol (vitamin E), lipoic acid and CoQ enzymes.
"Be sure to exfoliate as well; in the winter, dead skin cells build up more easily, resulting in a dull complexion and potential breakouts. Exfoliating can help remove the buildup," according to the Living Well post.
After cleansing, moisturize. Swap water-based moisturizer for oil-based, especially those that are non-clogging oils like avocado, mineral, primrose or almond.
And wear sunscreen even in winter.
"In addition to topical skin products, there are other practical, economical steps that you can take to protect your skin," Experient Health wrote.
Like modifying your diet to include foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants (nuts, beans, berries, apples, fish) and keeping your thermostat down around 68° F to help keep moisture in the air (and save on utility bills).
About Experient Health:
For years, Experient Health, a Virginia Farm Bureau company, has helped people find the right insurance coverage and get the most for their health care dollars. The Richmond, Va.-based group is dedicated to providing high quality health insurance options to customers in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC. As a result, its consultants, with an average of more than 20 years experience, are intimately familiar with the states’ provider networks, products and regulations.
Representing the top national insurance carriers, Experient Health provides customers with multiple policy options designed to meet wellness needs and financial requirements.
Experient Health grew out of Virginia Farm Bureau and is a “hometown agency” in that it operates a network of more than 100 offices. However, it boasts the resources and technology of larger firms.
Consultants are available online, via phone and through their offices.
Learn more at http://www.experienthealth.com, utilize the online health insurance quote calculator or contact a consultant directly at 855.677.6580.