Once winter hits, we do our best to avoid catching the cold and flu, but did you know that your skin and lips are more susceptible to infection due to the harsh freezing temps? Lifestyle expert, Justine Santaniello joined me for an interview recently to discuss how we can protect our skin and health this winter, and she even shared a fabulous DIY scrub recipe you can create (with items you have around the house) for all skin types, and even one for those of us with sensitive skin!
Candace Rose: How can we protect our skin from the harsh winter elements? Justine Santaniello: “The winter is really rough on our skin, and in particularly our lips. We get that drained moisture happening in the lip area, and what you might not know is when you have chapped cracked lips you’re actually more susceptible to infection, which of course none of us want. You want to make sure that you have a good lip balm on hand that’s clinically proven to heal chapped lips like this Blistex Medicated Lip Ointment. This is great because it has an external analgesic and also provides medication right to the lips skin, which is going to soothe that damaged lip tissue. Blistex is been a trusted brand now for over 60 years, so you know you’re in good hands there. When it comes to dry skin, that dry skin might actually be a sign that you’re dehydrated so you want to make sure that you’re drinking plenty of water this season- all day every day. You can have great tasting filtered water really easily with the every drop water filter from Whirlpool Water. This is a portable water filter that can actually filter a gallon of water in just two minutes, which is super convenient and really fast…so make sure that you’re drinking plenty of water this season. Now something that we all need to think about: the flu! You want to make sure that you’re not getting the flu this season so you want to be proactive. You want to make sure you’re washing your hands frequently, you’re getting enough rest, enough exercise, but if you do start to feel those flu like symptoms, whether it be fatigue, fever, body aches…you want to take something non-drowsy like Oscillococcinum, you want to take this right at the first sign of illness. This is going to reduce the duration and also the severity of those symptoms…and is recommended for those ages two and up, so you’re covered.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share with us? Justine Santaniello: “It’s really important this time of year to give your skin some extra TLC, so make sure that you are moisturizing daily, and that you are exfoliating about twice a week. You can very easily make your own scrub at home using a little olive oil or coconut oil and mixing that up with either a salt or sugar. Brown sugar is really great for those with sensitive skin, so make sure you’re taking the time to take care of yourself this season.”
Candace Rose: What type of salt should we use? Table salt, epson salt? Justine Santaniello: “Table salt. You don’t want to use sea salt because the grains are too big. You don’t want it to scar up the skin at all, so just basic table salt is perfect.”
Candace Rose: Where can we go for more information? Justine Santaniello: “You guys can find me on Twitter.com/JNSantaniello and Facebook. I’ll be posting tips there for you.