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As the Weather Changes So Does Your Skin

Here are some steps to take now to keep your skin looking awesome throughout the colder months ahead.

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 systems.

- 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 for research based information on a variety of topics!

Recipe of the Week

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.

Chicken and Broccoli Quiche

1 – 9 inch ready-made pie crust, baked

4 eggs

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 Chair
The Cooperative Extension Service
U 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


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