Change Your Skin Routine During Winter

Avoid long, hot showers

Healthy skin looks radiant, but it may need a little extra TLC during the winter months.

The American Osteopathic Association suggests these steps for healthier winter skin:
• Since hot water can make skin lose moisture, take shorter warm showers and baths.
• Use a gentle, light exfoliator to slough off dead skin cells.
• Don’t pick at or peel dry skin.
• Switch to an oil-based moisturizer that includes sun protection factor. Reapply throughout the day if you’ll be outside.
• Run a humidifier to keep home air moist.
• If your clothes get wet, remove them as soon as possible to avoid irritating the skin.

This article last updated Nov. 20, 2014. Copyright © 2014 HealthDay.

Finding Time For Fitness

Easy ways to get more exercise

Struggling to fit in 30 minutes of daily exercise?

The American Heart Association recommends you:
• Go for a walk. Take the dog or child, or head to the mall and do laps while you window shop.
• Get together a group of friends for a team sport or exercise.
• Park further from the door at work or while running an errand.
• Skip the elevator in favor of the stairs.
• Throw an impromptu living room dance party.
• Follow up a healthy dinner with a short walk instead of dessert.

Written by Diana Kohnle for HealthDay News. This article last updated Dec. 2, 2014. Copyright © 2014 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Prepare Before You drive In Winter

winter drivingTake heed of driving conditions

Icy, wet and slippery winter roads pose serious driving hazards, but some preparation before you leave can help you stay safe.

The Indiana Department of Transportation offers these suggestions:
• Check driving conditions before you leave, remembering to drive slow and easy in bad weather. Or simply skip the trip altogether.
• Make sure any snow that has accumulated on your car’s windows, windshields, lights, signals and brake lights has been completely cleared.
• Inspect your car’s lights, belts, fluids, wiper blades, tires and hoses to make sure everything is in good working order.
• Leave extra early so you have additional time to reach your destination.

Written by Diana Kohnle for HealthDay News. This article last updated Dec. 8, 2014. Copyright © 2014 HealthDay. All rights reserved.