Dealing With Eczema in Fall and Winter

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Eczema flare-ups can happen any time of year, but fall and winter throw some extra eczema triggers into the mix. If you’re struggling with keeping your skin calm and comfortable as the weather cools, follow these helpful tips for restoring health to your eczema-prone skin.

Turn Down the Temp
Indoor heating and hot water can both trigger eczema flare-ups. These sources of heat over-dry the skin and can make the itching, burning, and dryness of eczema much worse.

Instead of bathing in hot water, turn the temperature down to a more tepid level. Similarly, instead of heating your house to comfort, opt for heavier clothing and blankets instead. These tips will also cut down on utilities costs during the fall and winter seasons!

Stay Hydrated
It’s easy to meet your water intake goals during spring and summer when the heat serves as a reminder, but it’s just as important to stay hydrated during cooler months — especially for those with dry skin and conditions like eczema.

Remember to get at least 64-ounces of water per day. It’s true that other liquids like tea, milk, juice, etc. can count toward fluid intake goals, but nothing does the trick for your body and skin just like pure H2O.

Moisturize When You Brush
If you’re the type to moisturize only after bathing, it’s time to change those habits. A good way to remember to moisturize eczema-prone skin is to apply your skin care moisturizer when you brush your teeth every morning and evening.

By focusing on moisturizing skin with ATOPALM at least twice a day, you’ll be ensuring that your skin has continuous protection against over-drying while MLE actually works to heal the skin itself. It’s like applying a full-service crew to your skin, and you don’t want to miss a shift!

Following these very easy steps will go a long way toward keeping eczema-prone skin happy and healthy all season long.

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Fall in Love with Atopalm Skin Care for Fall

It’s finally happening! Fall has returned! Well, technically fall begins in two days, but who’s counting? I’m not sure if you can tell or not, but fall is pretty exciting to me. You’d be excited, too, if your summer temps hovered around 105 degrees! Who cares about pumpkin spice anything? Just give me a hoodie!

Another thing I love about fall is changing up my skin care routine. We all know how even a little change in the day-to-day makes everything feel new and easier. Well, now’s your chance to give yourself a break from the mundane and switch over to your fall skin care regimen!

How should a skin care regimen change with the seasons? It’s not about finding new formulas (though some may choose to switch) but more about what you spend your time focusing on. Here’s a look at how a summer skin care routine should change with the shift into fall.

Less lotion, more cream. For many people, cooler weather means heavier skin care moisturizers. This is especially true for those with dry skin who need extra help in fall and winter, thanks to harsher weather and central heating.

If you usually use a face lotion, which is generally lighter weight than a cream, it might be a good time to switch. For very dry skin or sensitive skin, I recommend our Intensive Moisturizing Cream. It is rich enough for even extremely dry skin, and can even be used on dry areas like the knees and elbows.

If you have normal or oily skin, our Daytime Undermakeup Moisture Cream is a great choice. It still provides great hydration with our patented MLE, but won’t feel quite as heavy as Intensive Moisturizing Cream. As the name suggests, it’s also ideal for use under makeup!

Less hot water, more body lotionIn the cooler months, it may be tempting to warm up by using hot water when you bathe or wash your hands. However, this is very damaging to dry skin and can significantly increase discomfort and dryness. The hot water strips away protective oils (which dry skin lacks to begin with), leaving the skin feeling raw.

Instead, wash and bathe in tepid water, and always follow-up with a moisturizer. Our Moisturizing Body Lotion is a lifesaver when it comes to caring for skin from the neck down. Use it after bathing to lock in moisture for all-day comfort.

Less makeup, more moisture application. In summer, even dry skin can typically get by with just a morning and evening application of face moisturizer. In colder months, though, it’s strongly recommended that you re-apply light layers of moisturizer throughout the day, or whenever skin feels parched.

The best way to accomplish this without completely ruining your makeup is to apply a light layer of makeup and use our Moisture Mist throughout the day. This way, you’re not applying face cream overtop your carefully applied makeup, and your makeup isn’t getting in the way of your moisturizer!

As you can see, updating your skin care routine to reflect the changing seasons doesn’t have to be an ordeal, and can lead to a fun new system. Just tweak a couple products, and you’ll have the perfect plan for achieving beautiful, happy skin.

Why Does Cold Weather Hurt My Skin?

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Temperatures are dropping, and chances are your skin is starting to feel the changing weather. Have you ever wondered why cold weather hurts dry skin? If your skin gets tight, itchy, scaly, and prone to cracks during fall and winter, these skin care tips are for you!

Why Does Cold Weather Hurt My Skin?
Before we take a look at how to treat dry skin in cold weather, let us explain why dry skin needs extra help during fall and winter. Many people assume that summer weather is harder on skin since most people spend more time in the sun and increase their risk of sunburn, sun rash, and over-tanning. It is also assumed that the hot sun will over-dry the skin, causing dry skin to become even drier.

The opposite is true, however; while sunburn and sun tanning carry their own risks, most people with dry, sensitive skin see an improvement during summer! While prolonged sun exposure can over-dry the skin, most people don’t spend enough time in the sun for that to be a problem. Rather, higher levels of vitamin D boost the body’s overall health while mild UV ray exposure helps to clear acne and give the skin a healthy glow.

Winter is a different story, though. Dry winter skin can be painful and difficult to manage. The reason? Harsh weather, central heating, hot water, and excessive hand washing. In short, everything during winter contributes to dry skin.

  • Harsh weather worsens dry skin by beating it up! Cold temperatures, high winds, rain and snow — pretty much every fall and winter weather condition is hard on dry skin.
  • Central heating dries out the skin. Whether it’s in your car, office, or home, heated air can be a dry skin sufferer’s worst enemy. Plus, major temperature changes can damage the skin — like heading from the snow-covered streets into a heated office building.
  • Hot water strips away the skin’s natural oils, leaving it feeling dry and tight. Since dry skin is already lacking these oils, removing what little the skin has left is absolutely disastrous. During winter, people enjoy hot water for warming up in the shower or bath, but it can wreck havoc on skin!
  • Hand washing during winter is essential for staying healthy during cold and flu season, but it can also leave hands feeling cracked and dry. First, as mentioned previously, people tend to choose hot water during winter, which strips away healthy oils that keep the skin moisturized. Secondly, hand washing soaps can also strip away oils, leaving the hands unprotected and raw.

How to Treat Dry Skin During Winter
Now that you know why fall and winter are harder on dry and sensitive skin, here’s how to treat dry skin during fall and winter!

  1. Bathe in tepid, not hot, water. Even though the urge to take a steamy shower in the morning may feel overwhelming, the fallout with your skin is not worth it! Keep the water comfortably warm, and don’t overstay your welcome — the longer you luxuriate in the shower, the more your skin’s oils will be stripped away.If your skin is really sensitive (like crazy sensitive), it might even be worthwhile to cleanse your face without water whenever possible. Use our Moisturizing Cleansing Wipes to keep skin fresh and pure without the stripping effect of water.
  2. Amp up your moisture game. Use our best-selling Intensive Moisturizing Cream for the best moisturization your dry skin has ever experienced. You can use the cream on your face, as well as any part of the body that needs extra moisture, like the elbows and knees.
  3. Moisturize throughout the day. Keep our Moisturizing Hand Treatment in your purse or desk drawer for use after each hand washing (your hands will feel better than ever!), and spritz on Moisture Mist anytime the face or body starts feeling dry. Remoisturizing all day long will prevent skin from ever feeling extra dry.

By following these simple steps, you’ll be able to avoid the worst of dry winter skin.

Save 20% on Fall Skin Care Must-Haves!

Autumn-Sale-email-blastFall is in the air, which means your dry and sensitive skin is probably starting to feel, well, drier and more sensitive. Although it’s nice to say goodbye to the heat for a while, those with easily irritated skin can tell you that harsh wind, extreme cold, and central heating can wreak havoc on dry skin.

The good news is that Atopalm products can both heal and protect skin against weather-related irritation. The even better news is that you can purchase some of our fall skin care must-haves at 20% off!

Looking for protection and a perfect makeup primer? Look no further than our Daytime Undermakeup Moisture Cream. Rich MLE comforts irritated skin while protecting with MLE against weather-induced sensitivity. After application, the skin is smooth and prepped for flawless makeup application. 20% off for a limited time!

If you’d prefer to stick with the classics, our best-selling Intensive Moisturizing Cream is also 20% off! Rich and luxurious, this dry skin moisturizer promises unparalleled moisture with MLE and other hydrators. The comforting texture soothes irritated skin on contact, and continues to keep skin calm and moisturized throughout the day. You can use Intensive Moisturizing Cream as a daily face cream, or anywhere on the body that needs extra moisture, like the knees and elbows.

Another area of the body that often needs extra moisture in fall and winter is the hands! Our Moisturizing Hand Treatment remedies dry skin while supplying a velvety texture that leaves hands feeling soft and pampered. No matter how often you wash, or how dry your skin is naturally, our hand treatment will repair and protect the overworked skin of the hands. Get it for 20% off before time runs out!

These great 20% off sale products won’t stick around, so shop now to claim your great deal!