Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Never Ending Dry Skin...Try Shielding Lotion
With the cold weather comes what seems to be the constant need to apply lotion to attempt to keep your skin from appearing dry. Some people will even have cracking around the nail beds and other places on their hands. During this season of colds/flu the advice is to wash, wash, wash so efforts for hydration of the hands is ten fold.
After going to the Health & Fitness Fair last weekend and seeing a demonstration of an aloe based lotion that "claimed" to be fail proof for hydrating the hands, but with the cost of 1 8oz jar being $60, I decided it was time to do my homework. What I found, according to dermatologist Lisa Benest was the traditional products we use for hydration can actually over time have an opposite effect. They are designed to add moisture but it's only temporary. Continued use sends a message to the skin cells that it no longer needs the skins' natural moisturizing so it ends up with the skin being less hydrated.  What is much better for hydration is a shielding lotion, which along with it's skin healing ingredients, actually forms a natural sealant, barrier on the which holds in the skins natural moisture. Skin MD is one of the highly recommended shielding lotions which not only can be used on the hands but on the entire body. 
You can read more on what leading dermatologist say about shielding lotions or try it out for yourself.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Hope in the Apps

More and more is a need  to assist our military affiliated men and women adjust with the impact that combat has had on their lives. The National Center for Telehealth & Technology has a host of researched based technologies to assist those with PTSD, traumatic brain injury and other mental health issues cope. Learn more at their mobile applications page. These may prove helpful to anyone that is experiencing mental health I especially like is Breathe&Relax. It is well documented how deep breathing can reduce anxiety and help one stay focused.