It's Fall and we all know we need to take extra care of our skin in the summer due to an increase in sun exposure, but that should actually continue all year round. There are additional concerns that may affect your family's skin in the great outdoors. You can read more tips on how to look after your skin on www.DermatologyCare.ca.
Don't Let Your Year-End Gardening Ruin Your Hands
Gardening can be tough on hands! Grab some gardening gloves before you start trimming and pruning your yard - it's the most effective way to protect your hands from calluses, blisters, cuts and scrapes. Don't forget the sunscreen!
Let That Fabric Breathe
Beware of clothing that's too tight. The fabric can rub and produce irritated skin and trapped sweat can start a breakout. Try fabrics that breathe like cotton or wool, use laundry detergent and fabric softener sheets that are unscented (e.g. Tide Free, Bounce Free) and shower after your workout to eliminate the sweat.
Careful Your Skin Tag's Rubbing
Many people develop extra bits of skin, called skin tags, that range in size from one millimeter to one centimeter. These are completely benign, but they can be annoying if they rub on clothing or if you feel they affect your appearance. The good news is that removing them is a very simple procedure. Talk to your doctor for more information.
Sun Burnt Hair?
Did you know that your hair can get sunburned too? The sun's rays affect the outer layer of the hair - the hair cuticle - causing hair to become dry and weak. Put on a hat when outside to keep your hair healthy!
Watch out for wool!
Cooler days bring warmer clothes out of the closet. Even people with normal skin often find that wool sweaters and scarves can irritate their skin. Cotton and particularly silk tend to be the least irritating fabrics for dry or sensitive skin.
Are You Sensitive To Insect Bites?
Take precautions before going outside by putting on insect repellent, wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants and a hat, and avoiding heavy perfumes or lotions that may actually attract insects. You may prefer to apply the insect repellant on the cuffs of your clothes and on the collars and not on your skin.
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