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Here are some steps to take now to keep your skin looking awesome throughout the colder
Nashville, Ark. – With the drop in humidity, you may have noticed a change in your
skin. Cooler, dryer weather can cause the skin to become dryer and flakiness may occur.
Fall weather can wreak havoc on your skin. However, there are some steps to take now
to keep your skin looking awesome this autumn, plus throughout the colder months ahead.
- Magic of Moisturizers. One of the best things you can do for your skin is to use a moisturizer. If you
tend to have dry skin, consider replacing the lighter cream or lotion you may use
in the summer with an oil based moisturizer. Oil-based moisturizers and creams create
a protective layer on the skin. Moisturizers that are advertised as “night cream”
are typically oil-based. Look for these types of moisturizers. If you still find your
skin dry after using an oil-based moisturizer, try adding an emollient moisturizer
before applying your daily moisturizer. Emollients keep the skin hydrated by preventing
water loss. Look for ingredients such as glycerin, hyaluronic acid, or aloe when choosing
a topical emollient.
- Sunscreen Isn’t Seasonal. It is common knowledge to apply sunscreen before heading to the lake or working outdoors
in the summer. While we tend to associate sunlight with spring and summer, UV rays
are present every day. You should still apply sunscreen during the fall when spending
time outdoors. Apply just as you would during the summer, about 30 minutes before
going outside. If you are outdoors for long periods of time, you will need to apply
it again every two hours. Even though the weather may not be hot, the sun’s rays can
cause damage and you will get a sunburn. Some moisturizers contain sunscreens. Look
for a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher.
- Use a Humidifier. Living in the south, low humidity doesn’t usually come to mind. However, during cooler
weather, low humidity may cause skin problems. Humidifiers release water vapor, increasing
the humidity in a room. They work to alleviate dry skin caused by central heating
- Watch How You Wash. During cooler weather, hot baths are tempting. However, hot water strips your skin
of the essential oils produced to keep your skin lubricated. Taking showers with warm
water is more beneficial. Also, look at the soap you are using. Harsh soaps can strip
your skin of natural oils. Generally, the more lather a soap creates, the drier it
will leave your skin. A gentle, moisturizing soap will help keep your skin healthy.
Be sure to rinse the soap off completely to prevent skin irritation.
- Drink Plenty of Water. Drinking water and eating fruits and vegetables that have a high water content helps
replenish natural oils in the skin. We have been told to drink 8 (8 oz.) glasses of
water each day. Most people fall short of this recommendation. Strive to drink more
than 8 glasses of water each day.
Everyone loves soft skin. Taking care of it all year long should be a daily routine.
Following the guidelines mentioned, will help you transition easily into fall and
the long winter months ahead.
For more information on exercise or general health related concerns, contact the Howard
County Extension Service at 870-845-7517. You can also visit our office located on
the second floor of the courthouse. Check out our website at www.uaex.uada.edu for research based information on a variety of topics!
Try this quick-to-fix casserole for busy nights. To save even more time, consider
making two, one to enjoy now and one to freeze for later.
1 – 9 inch ready-made pie crust, baked
1 cup low-fat or skim milk
¾ cup low-fat cheddar cheese, shredded
¾ cup cooked, chopped chicken
10-oz. frozen, chopped broccoli
¼ cup carrots, shredded
¼ cup finely chopped onion
Pepper to taste
½ - ¾ teaspoon garlic salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake pie crust according to package directions.
In a mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
Place frozen broccoli in microwave. Cook according to package directions.
Pour off liquid. Let cool, squeeze broccoli to remove water.
Layer the meat, vegetables, and cheese into baked pie crust. Pour the
egg mixture over the ingredients. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes or until
top is browned and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let stand 5 minutes
before cutting. Yield: 6 servings
Nutrition information per serving: 270 calories, 16 g. fat, 16 g. protein, 17 g. carbohydrates,
2 g. fiber, 540 mg. sodium. Excellent source of calcium and vitamins A and C.
By Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff ChairThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff Chair U of A Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service 421 N. Main St, Nashville AR 71852 (870) 845-7517 email@example.com
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