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If you have sensitive skin, you’re probably particularly careful about the products you put on your skin, including sunscreen. Since sunscreen is a necessity whenever under the sun, it’s important to find a reliable one that works well with your skin type. Vanicream skin care, formulated by Pharmaceutical Specialties, Inc. (PSI) in Minnesota, is a special skin care line created for those with extremely sensitive skin.  When Conrad Thompson and Ed Mansfield, the founders of the company, were working as pharmacists at the Mayo Clinic in the early 70s, several dermatologists suggested they start a company that could provide over-the-counter skin care for people with sensitive skin. Thus in 1975, PSI (and Vanicream) were created! Since the beginning, their company has formed a line of products that avoid chemicals that dermatologists considered undesirable and sensitizing to the skin, such as fragrance, masking fragrance, dyes, lanolin, parabens, formaldehyde and formaldehyde releasing preservatives. Now you know why Vanicream is one (of several) of Coolibar’s favorite sunscreen providers!

Commonly asked questions about Vanicream and Sunscreen answered by sunscreen expert, Brian Leary, Director of Marketing at PSI (Vanicream).

Founders Ed and Conrad Then and NowWhat skin types does Vanicream work best on? 

Vanicream Sunscreens are suitable for any skin type, but they are specially formulated for sensitive skin. 

What’s a good sunscreen for sensitive skin or acne prone skin?

All of the Vanicream Sunscreens are good for sensitive skin.  They are developed with an emphasis on physical sunscreen ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.  The Vanicream Sunscreen SPF 35 Sport is oil free making it ideal for acne prone skin.

How does Vanicream sunscreen hold up in water or against sweat? 

We recommend the Vanicream Sunscreen Sport SPF 35 for outdoor activities such as swimming and running. 

What should you look for in a safe sunscreen? 

You want to look for sunscreens that emphasize the physical blockers, but you also want to pay attention to the inactive ingredients.  If you have sensitive skin, you may want to avoid fragrances, or certain preservatives such as parabens or formaldehyde releasers. 

What is the difference between a physical sunscreen and a chemical sunscreen? Is Vanicream Sunscreen physical or chemical?

Physical sunscreens such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide sit on the skin and reflect UV rays.  Chemical sunscreens absorb the UV rays.   Both offer protection.  

Vanicream Sunscreen SPF 30, SPF 60 and SPF 30 Lip Protectant contain only zinc and/or titanium making them physical sunscreens.  Vanicream Sunscreen SPF 35 Sport contains zinc oxide and octinoxate, so it is a combination physical/chemical sunscreen.

What is a safe age to start using sunscreen on children? Is Vanicream safe for babies and young children? 

FDA does not recommend sunscreen use on infants under 6 months of age.  Vanicream Sunscreens are very safe for children older than 6 months. 

How do SPF ratings work?  

An SPF rating is the ratio of the time of ultraviolet radiation exposure necessary to produce minimally detectable erythema (sunburn) in sunscreen protected skin to that time required to produce erythema in unprotected skin.  So if your skin would burn in 5 minutes without sunscreen, an SPF 15 sunscreen should give you 15 times that protection or 75 minutes.  

What is the best SPF to give you proper sun protection?

An SPF 30 will block about 96% of the suns UVB rays.  But this is only if you apply enough to the skin.  For this reason, some dermatologists will recommend higher SPF sunscreens, knowing that their patients may not apply enough.  It is important to remember that SPF only applies to protection for UVB rays.  For proper sun protection you need to choose sunscreens that protect from both UVB and UVA rays.

What is the difference between UVA and UVB rays? Does Vanicream block both?

UVB rays are the shorter rays that can cause sunburn.  UVA rays are longer rays and are thought to penetrate deeper into the skin and cause premature aging and possible skin cancer.  All Vanicream Sunscreens protect from both UVB and UVA rays.

Does Vanicream leave behind a white residue like some sunscreens do?

You may notice a little white residue upon application, but this disappears quickly on most skin tones.

What about the issue of nano particles in physical sunscreens. Should we be concerned? Does Vanicream contain nano particles? 

While Vanicream Sunscreens contain micronized zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, the particles are not considered nano.  That being said, the most recent studies on this issue have found that nano sized zinc and titanium do not penetrate the skin’s layers and therefore do not get into the bloodstream.

With so many products on the market it’s hard to choose.  What is the differentiating factor for Vanicream products, both sunscreens and moisturizers?

Vanicream Sunscreens are going to provide UVB/UVA protection and not expose the user to unnecessary irritants that could be problematic for people with sensitive skin.  They are non-comedogenic and safe to use every day.

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Recap of Sunscreen Facebook Forum with Sweetsation Therapy

Once again, we can thank our Coolibar Facebook fans for another successful sunscreen forum. If you missed out on the action, here is a short recap of our session with sunscreen/skin care expert Natalja Millsap from Sweetsation Therapy. 

Q. Does your baby lip balm have SPF protection? Is it safe for babies to eat this stuff?

A. There is no SPF protection because we believe that the balm gets eaten faster than it would last for sun protection. But it does contain natural sun protection in a form of Shea butter. It’s about 4%…Other natural oils also add sun protection, like raspberry SPF4, hemp SPF6, grape seed SPF4 and avocado SPF4.

Q. What if I sweat a lot in the summer? How do your products hold up against water/perspiration?

A. They hold up pretty well, however some of it comes off with the sweat. So re-application is essential.

Q. Can your sunscreen be used on extremely sensitive skin? We are always looking for sunscreens that work and won’t cause a rash.

A. Yes it can! … Titanium Dioxide is the best UV blocker if you have very sensitive skin.

Q. What area of the body do people usually forget to cover with sunscreen? What area is the most sensitive to sun?

A. I would say areas with the thinnest skin. Top of your feet, hands, neck. So you have to pay attention to those too.

Q. What about my baby…putting sunscreen on his hands when he is always putting his hands in his mouth?

A. That’s something that comes with the territory. They always do that. At least make sure sunscreen is applied on the back of his/her hands because that’s the area that is exposed to the sun the most.

Q. What ingredients are safe in sunscreens?

A. ZnO and TiO2 are definitely safe.

Q. Are there any particular ingredients I should avoid in sunscreens?

A. With mineral sunscreens, you are safe. But I would avoid parabens, artificial fragrances that may appear among “other” ingredients in a product. As for chemical sunscreens – oxybenzone is the one I definitely would stay away [from]. It’s very common in commercial sunscreens.

Q. What is the difference between “organic” and “natural” sunscreens, if there is one?

A. Organic products contain at least 70% of organic ingredients by volume. Natural [products] don’t have to.

Q. So is the organic distinction just for marketing purposes, or are organic products generally safer or less abrasive for some skins?

A. Feel-wise, there wouldn’t be any difference, but they’re considered to be the “cleaner” choice without contamination of pesticides.

Q. What is the best way to store sunscreen so it will last the longest?

A. The best place is at room temperature out of direct sunlight. It is not necessary to refrigerate it. Standard shelf life is 2 years; however our sunscreens can last longer because they are packaged in air tight containers that not only prevent bacterial contamination but also curious children hands.

Q. Is it really necessary/is there any benefit to wearing sunscreen under clothing? How about under UPF 50+ rated clothing?

A. No, there is no real need to wear sunscreen under clothing that offers sun protection.

A. From Coolibar – It’s not necessary to wear sunscreen under UPF 50+ clothing; however, you may want to wear sunscreen under regular summer clothing as some summer T-shirts have very little sun protection. If you’re wearing Coolibar UPF 50+ clothing, you only need to cover exposed areas.

Q. How much sun protection do tinted car windows provide?

A. From Coolibar – According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, since UVA penetrates glass, consider adding flat, tinted UV-protective film to your car’s side and rear windows as well as to house and business windows. This film blocks up to 99.9% of UV radiation and lets in up to 80% of visible light. http://www.skincancer.org/understanding-uva-and-uvb.html

Q. Does sunscreen start to lose its protection immediately? How often do you suggest reapplying your product? Is more frequently always better or are there drawbacks to putting it on too often? How important is it to wait the 15-30 minutes before going in the sun? What is one to do if they are spending a length of a day outdoors and can’t get inside to reapply? (Is it better/safer to reapply in the sun or not reapply?)

A. Yes, indeed, it’s better to reapply as directed (every 2 hours) than not reapply at all. Even if you are already out. There are no drawbacks to reapplying too often. Sunscreen is there to protect your skin.

Q. Why is it recommended to wait the 15-30 minutes after application before exposure?

A. That’s what the American Academy of Dermatology recommends to give it ample time to absorb.

Q. I spend a few hours every day in the sun, always wearing (cheap OTC / drugstore) sunscreen SPF 100+ and sometimes (whenever it’ll be a longer exposure (wearing SPF/UPF shirts/jackets. My skin is still coloring, the slightest bit. Ought I to be concerned? What a high-rated SPF Sweetsation sunscreen can I expect no evidence of sun exposure even when I’m out in it every day? Or is ultimate sun protection impossible or unnecessary?

A. Our highest SPF is SPF 50. Percentage wise, it is not a big difference between SPF30 or 50 or even 100. But I am not aware of any sunscreen that would provide 100% of protection.  SPF 30 covers 97% of UV while SPF 50 covers 98%. I think it’s all about the application … making sure that you apply a sufficient amount and making sure that all areas exposed to the sun are properly covered.

Q. Is it really important to use a different sunscreen on your face than your body? Why?

A. Our sunscreens can be used for the face and body at the same time. I can’t comment on other brands…

If you have more questions regarding Sweetsation Therapy or sunscreen in general, let us know by posting a question on Facebook or writing a comment below. To purchase Sweetsation Therapy Sunscreen from Coolibar, visit www.coolibar.com/sunscreen.html.

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Ask the Sunscreen and Skin Care Expert from Sweetsation Therapy

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 – 1:30pm – 2:00pm CST

Ever wonder what moms-to-be and mothers with small children should look for in a sunscreen or skin products in general? Starting at 1:30pm CST (11:30am PST, 2:30pm EST) on our Facebook page wall, we’ll have expert Natalja Millsap from Sweetsation Therapy with us.

RSVP Yes today! Join in the conversation with your own questions and you could win a Sweetsation Therapy Gift Set. Plus there will be an exclusive discount on Sweetsation Therapy products sold on Coolibar.com.

We hope to see you there (if even for a few minutes).

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The Sweetsation Therapy Story

Being way over 30 and just entering motherhood I was concerned with aging and other skin issues associated with pregnancy, just like any other woman. So one day, I lathered my usual age preventing night cream on my face before going to bed.  At that point I believe I was 3 months along.  It was one of those high end, smell good creams that promise to do all the miracles in the world to your face…… Next morning I received an email that notifies me every week what to look for and what to expect as your pregnancy progresses.  It was in that fateful email I found out about all the harmful ingredients that are present in skin care products and should not be used during pregnancy and may harm the fetus inside you; to the point of deformities and brain damage.  In a state of panic I rushed to the bathroom and frantically started reading all the labels on all my “pregnancy” creams and lotions that I was religiously putting on myself daily.  Needless to say but all of them contained a “no-no” ingredient(s) that I just read about.  Including a major ‘no-no’ like Retinol and Fragrances, aka phthalates.  

Working in the cosmetic industry for 20 years, for a few major brands, I couldn’t figure out WHY in the world it never crossed my mind before.  At that point I thought, “Oh my God, I’ve harmed my baby……”.  I suppose, I don’t have to mention that a state of panic was following me everywhere till the end of my pregnancy.  That very morning I decided to put all my knowledge and experience to work and create my own skin care company that would design and manufacture everything a woman would need, whether pregnant or not, to take care of her skin, being 20+ or 30+ or even 40+, applied using a daily regimen, and therefore protecting her health and well-being.

Sweetsation Therapy products are Organic and natural treatments that look great, feel great and smell great, and therefore make you feel good. We’ve combined the best gifts of earth and ocean in our skin care. Aromatherapy elements nourish your body and soul. And most importantly our products are safe for mom and baby, and everyone who seeks the healthiest alternatives for every day skin challenges. 

– Natalja

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Sun Protective Clothing vs. Sunscreen

Compare sunscreen and sun protective clothing side-by-side and then determine how to best protect yourself and your family from the sun.

SPF vs. UPF Ratings

Sunscreen protects skin by absorbing and/or reflecting UV rays. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that all sunscreens contain a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) label. The SPF discloses the amount of sunburn protection that a sunscreen can provide an average user when used correctly. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends sunscreens with an SPF of 30 or higher. Although the SPF ratings found on sunscreen packages apply to UVB rays, many sunscreen manufacturers include ingredients that protect the skin from some UVA rays as well. These sunscreens are usually labeled as “broad-spectrum” and are recommended since both UVA and UVB have been linked to skin cancer according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Sun protective clothing uses fabric to protect skin from the sun. The fabric is rated according to an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF). UPF is like SPF except UPF rates protection against both UVA and UVB. A garment with a UPF of 50 only allows 1/50th of the UV radiation falling on the surface of the garment to pass through it. In other words, it blocks 49/50ths or 98% of the UV radiation. Sun protection clothing is an easy and reliable form of UV protection and so is becoming more and more popular. Look for garments that have been tested according to American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) Test Method 183. The best brands also perform complete life cycle tests using American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D 6544. This form of testing tells how garments protect as they age not just when they are brand new.

Sunscreen vs. Sun Clothing Effectiveness

The AAD says for sunscreen to be effective in protecting skin from UV rays, it should be applied to dry skin 15 to 30 minutes before sun exposure. Apply it to all exposed areas and pay particular attention to the face, ears, hands, and arms. One ounce, enough to fill a shot glass, is the amount needed to cover the exposed areas of the body properly. Sunscreens should be reapplied approximately every two hours or after swimming or perspiring heavily.

Coolibar Sun Protective Clothing provides intant coverage. There is no need to reapply anything, except broad-spectrum sunscreen to areas not covered by the clothing. Coolibar’s sun protection never fades or washes out as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide blockers are permanently embedded in many of our material’s fibers. Other items, such as our UV swimwear and hats, are formed with a tightly woven material that offers UPF 50+ protection. Coolibar carefully tests each garment to ensure excellent sun protection.

Physical Sunscreen (SPF 30 broad-spectrum) Coolibar Sun Protective Clothing (UPF 50+)
Blocks 97% of harmful UVA and UVB rays Blocks 98% of harmful UVA and UVB rays
Effective when reapplied every two hours or after excessive sweating or swimming Effective always or for life of garment, no need to replace garment after use
1 oz. of sunscreen (shot glass full) protects skin when rubbed in everywhere Clothing completely protects covered portions of skin

By using both sun protective clothing and sunscreen you can achieve ultimate protection! Wear sun protective clothing to cover majority of skin and choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen (which blocks UVA and UVB rays) with an SPF of 30 or higher to cover all skin exposed to sunlight. Wear a sun protective hat with a 3” brim or greater to shade your face, ears and neck. Then slide on some sunglasses that block 100% of UV rays or offer UV 400 protection to cover your eyes. Be sunAWARE and be safe.

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Hi, this is Dr. Davis for Coolibar Sun Protective Clothing.

I wanted to talk to you about How to Choose a Sunscreen.  It can be overwhelming.  You walk into a store and you see hundreds of items on the shelves, but how do you even begin to choose. 

SPF Number

Number one, the number you look for tells you how long that sunscreen is going to work.  So if you’ve got a 30 it will work twice as long as a 15.  Use SPF 30 or higher.

Ingredients

You also need to be mindful of what the ingredients are.  There are two main groups.

(1) Physical Blockers (reflectors)

Sits on the surface of your skin and creates a physical barrier to UV rays that blocks/reflects them away from the skin.

– Works right away on both UVA & UVB rays, no need to apply 20 minutes prior to sun exposure.

– Ingredients: Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide

– Good for sensitive skin

(2) Chemical Absorbers

Creates a chemical reaction within the skin that allows the sunscreen to absorb UV before it penetrates the skin.

– Apply 20 minutes before sun exposure.

– Ingredients: octyl methoxycinnamate (OMC), homosalate, and octocrylene absorb UVB, while oxybenzone, avobenzone and ecamsule absorb UVA.  

These two categories are for two different types of skin.

Sensitive skin likes the physical sunscreen – great choices – Vanicream 60, super compatible with sensitive skin.  Physical Sun Blocker – Not going to be as likely to sting as the sunscreens that have some chemical sunscreen ingredients.  But, the chemical sunscreen ingredients last longer, they soak in, they’re better for sports and water resistance.  So, look for a good high SPF number, 30 or higher and then maybe a combination of chemical and physical if you’re not really sure which one is right for you.  If you’re sensitive, stick to physical.  If you’re really going to be working out, get the chemical ones.  That at lease gives you a starting point.

Sunscreen Brands

Brand wise, if you like organic, Soleo is an Australian brand – all physical so that should be compatible with most people’s skin.  We talked about Vanicream.  Don’t forget your lips – Fallene LipCotz.  Physical sunscreen for the lips, especially men, is super important. That lower lip we often see skin cancer.  Women wear lip products more, lip balms and lipsticks so we tend to have more natural sun protection, men do not.  Blue Lizard, the fun thing is that the color changes when Ultraviolet light hits it so you know you need it when the bottle is blue.  It’s a mixture of chemical and physical. 

That gives you a starting point.

Application Amount

Don’t forget 1 ounce is what you need, 2 tablespoons or basically a shot glass full.  Way more than you think you need.  You’ve got to get a nice even coating and re-apply every couple of hours, especially in the heat of the day, especially if you’re sweating.

So Don’t Forget to Be SunAWARE!

Disclaimer: The information provided by Coolibar and its contributors is general skin care information and should not be a substitute for obtaining medical advice from your physician and is not intended to diagnose or treat any specific medical problem.

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Soleo Organics Sunscreen Q&A Session Highlights

Soleo Organics Sunscreen

The burning sunscreen questions of many Coolibar Facebook fans were answered today by Soleo Organics Sunscreen experts Dr. Tony Kovacs and Rick Sample during our live forum. Here are a few highlights in case you weren’t able to make it.  

Q. What is the consistency of your sunscreen product like? I have tried other brands that don’t spread or absorb well.

A. Soleo is designed to absorb into the skin within a few minutes of applying, if it hasn’t done so within 2-3 minutes, you may be applying too much.

Q. Is there really such a thing as applying too much sunscreen? I thought you could never have enough.

A. You can apply too much, but with Soleo there is no toxicity issue. (But also make sure you apply enough sunscreen. Approximately one ounce, or enough to fill a shot glass, is considered the amount needed to cover the exposed areas of the body properly.)

Q. I have a 5 month old baby, is it OK to use sunscreen on him?

A. Absolutely, Soleo is safe for babies of all ages.

Q. Since I’m a wearer of Coolibar and use it for scuba diving in also, I am wondering if it is necessary to wear a sun block under clothing with an SPF rating?

A. If you’re in your Coolibar gear you’re covered. Apply sunscreen on all exposed areas such as hands.

Q.  I have extremely sensitive skin (post skin-condition) and my doctor recommended I wear SPF 100+ every hour while in the sun, but everyone seems to think there’s no point in anything over 50. Is there really an difference? Or was my doctor just being over-cautious?

A. SPF 100 etc. is just a myth and it will not give you any more protection than a true SPF 30+

Q. What are the main UVA/UVB blocking ingredients and what are their differences?

A. Zinc is the only sunscreen ingredient that offers complete block for UV A, B and UV C

Q. Why are there any additives added to sunscreen/sunblock?

A. Additives are used to preserve aqueous sunscreens. Soleo does not have additives or preservatives.

Q. Are Soleo products not aqueous? What does that mean with regard to sunscreens anyhow? How would Soleo products be described, comparatively?

A. Soleo is an oil base, but non comedogenic, it is water resistant and absorbs into the skin. Water based sunscreens generally don’t offer a great deal of water resistance and need to be applied more frequently, and they contain preservatives, often parabens, benzoates, tec. More chemical cocktails for your body to deal with.

Q. Does the product expire or break down if not used within a certain time frame? I know main stream sunscreens say to replace them after a year.

A. Our product has a two year shelf life. Chemical sunscreens are unstable and break down very rapidly, as opposed to zinc oxide. If our product comes out clear, just knead and shake it up like you would a salad dressing, you want to make sure the product comes out white.

Q. Does that mean it’s not effective after the expiration date or just less effective?

A. Soleo will actually remain stable for a least a year after the expiry date, but we cannot legally sell it once the date has lapsed.

Q. Can zinc be absorbed by the skin/body? If so, is this a concern?

A. Yes, zinc can be absorbed, but Soleo’s formula only absorbs into the skin and not into the bloodstream. Zinc is safe for the body as opposed to the chemicals found in traditional sunscreens.

Q. There has been a lot of controversy about sunscreen ingredients over the past year. What is the benefit of an all natural sunscreen such as Soleo?

A. The benefits are: non chemical, safe for all ages, zinc only, environmentally friendly, biodegradable, organic. Google “sunscreen side effects” and sit back and be shocked. You will see what the chemicals in sunscreen can do.

Q. What is Soleo tested for? Water/Sweat resistance, etc?

A. Up to 4 hours in the water and up to 4 hours in the sun, depending upon skin type. Non allergenic, non comedogenic, no eye sting, safe for babies

Q. How often do you need to reapply sunscreen? And how long do you need to wait for it to take effect?

A. Sunscreen should be applied one half hour before going outdoors. Even water-resistant sunscreens should be reapplied often, about every two hours or after swimming, drying off or perspiring.

If you have more questions regarding Soleo Organics Sunscreen or sunscreen in general, let us know on Facebook or our Blog’s comments section. To purchase Soleo Organics Sunscreen from Coolibar, click here.

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The Sunscreen Expert Live Forum on Facebook

Announcing Coolibar’s first Live Facebook Forum:

Ask the Sunscreen Experts

Time: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 · 1:30pm – 2:00pm CST

Location: http://www.facebook.com/coolibar  

Details: Ever wonder what SPF stands for or how to choose a safe sunscreen for yourself or your children? What does it take for a sunscreen to be considered organic? Starting at 1:30pm CST (11:30am PST, 2:30pm EST) on our Facebook page wall (http://www.facebook.com/coolibar) we’ll have the experts from Soleo Organics with us and available to you: Dr. Tony Kovacs and CEO Rick Sample.

Soleo OrganicsSoléo Organics Sunscreen is an all-natural, organically produced skin care solution that is safe for humans and the environment. Soléo has been innovatively formulated according to Naturopathic principles without the use of any chemical UV-absorbers, titanium dioxide, or synthetic preservatives.

RSVP Yes and we’ll enter you in our drawing to win Soleo Organics Sunscreen.

Join in the conversation with your own questions and you could win one of two prizes – including Soleo Organics sunscreen, and a Coolibar hat – plus there will be an exclusive discount on Soleo Organics sunscreen sold on Coolibar.com.

We hope to see you there (if even for a few minutes)!

Go here to join the event: http://www.facebook.com/coolibar

Tentative Forum Schedule

Next month’s featured expert is Sweetsation Therapy on April 12, 2011 – Topic: Sunscreen for babies and expecting mothers

Sweetsation Therapy supports women and moms-to be of all ages and wants them to grow and glow, feel their best and enjoy their life, pregnancy and motherhood by providing Organic and Natural skin care treatments to support natural beauty, defy aging, prevent stretch marks, protect and brighten the skin while preventing aging safely.  Sweetsation therapy can be used on everyone – including baby.

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Winter Skin Tips

Keep your skin alive in the dead of winter by following these simple skin care dos and don’ts.

DO Moisturize
Lotions and creams don’t add moisture to your skin, but they help trap in moisture that’s already present. Apply lotion within a few minutes after showering, bathing or washing your hands to effectively lock-in moisture. Look for lotions containing humectants (glycerine, sorbitol and alpha-hydroxy acids) that attract moisture.

Oil-based lotions also work well as oil creates a protective moisture retaining layer on the skin. For the face, use lotions with avocado, mineral, primrose or almond oil as they won’t clog pores, or look for lotions labeled non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores).

If lotions aren’t enough, try creams. The drier your skin, the thicker the skin cream you’ll want to use. For those who dislike the feeling of slippery skin or have sensitive skin, try unscented Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream.

DO NOT Take Long Hot Showers
Bathing strips your skin of its natural oils. Hot water in particular breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, which can account for moisture loss. Reduce shower time and take warm showers, not hot, in order to retain your skin’s natural moisture. Also, try using a moisturizing body wash to further lock in moisture.

DO Use Sun Protection
UV rays from the sun don’t disappear during the winter. In fact, snow, ice and other reflective surfaces often refract UV rays making them more intense. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen on your face and any exposed skin 30 minutes before venturing outside.

DO NOT Ignore Hands and Feet
The skin on your hands is thinner than on most parts of the body and has fewer oil glands. That means it’s harder to keep your hands moist, especially in cold, dry weather. Wear gloves when you go outside, but also wear gloves inside when doing common household chores, such as dishes. If your hands are extremely dry, before bed put on moisturizer followed by a pair of cotton gloves to lock-in moisture overnight. Also, avoid wet gloves in order to prevent itchy, cracked, or severe skin conditions such as eczema.

For your feet, use exfoliants to get the dead skin off periodically and help moisturizers sink in faster and deeper.

DO Drink Water – and a lot of it
Water may not have any direct affect on the condition of your skin, but drinking an adequate amount of water (10-12 glasses a day) is good for overall health. The average person’s skin does not reflect the amount of water being drunk, but severe dehydration is not good for dry skin either.

DO NOT Be Afraid to Seek a Specialist
If none of the above skin tips help — get help! Dermatologists in particular can help you troubleshoot your skin problem and recommend skin care products that may work better for you.

Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream now at Coolibar

To purchase moisture-locking lotions, creams or broad-spectrum sunscreens, visit http://www.coolibar.com/skin-care.html

Resources:

WebMD – 10 Winter Skin Care Tips

USA TODAY –  Give Dry Skin a Helping Hand this Winter

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