Raw noses find relief
with Shielding Lotions
October 31st 2005
Dry, chapped skin needs
special care It starts with a single solitary sneeze Ė a sneeze, that
resonates and shakes you to the core Ė then the tired burning eyes, the
aches, fatigue, scratchy throat. Soon, your nose is like a leaky faucet
Ė drip, drip, drip. Thatís it. You know it! You have a cold. With all
the tissues and cold remedies piled beside you on the nightstand, it
only takes one glance and a quick calculation to know how many passes
with a sandpaper-like tissue it took to light your nose up like Rudolph.
Add to this the dry winter air, made even drier with household heaters,
and your skin and nose are soon raw and chapped. One of the best options
coming to the attention of sore noses, and dry chapped skin everywhere,
Shielding lotions bond with the skinís
outer layer protecting it from dry air, pollutants and the irritation of
constantly wiping your nose - and wonít rub or wash off easily.
Additionally, the special moisturizing humectants attract moisture from
the air and draw it into the deeper layers of skin helping it to heal
The cold? Short of just letting it run
its course, there are no known cures. Treating the symptoms can provide
some relief, but the best protection is prevention: Here are a few tips
that you can use before and even during a cold:
- Consider using humidifiers to put some moisture into dry heater-warmed
- Wash your hands. Germs are spread most often by your own infected
hands, or the hands and surfaces of others. A shielding lotion can keep
your hands from drying out in between washings.
- Use a tissue if you feel a sneeze or cough coming on. It will help to
prevent the transmission to others or reinfecting yourself.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands.
- Stay hydrated and drink plenty of fluids. There is evidence that
suggests dehydration opens the door to cold-causing viruses.
- Eat plant-based foods containing phytochemicals.
- Donít smoke.
- Reduce alcohol intake as itís dehydrating.
- Get your rest. The body does its best healing work when itís well
- Take Vitamin C. You should be taking
vitamin C on a daily basis as a supplement, but up your intake to no
more than 140 milligrams per day of this vitamin.
- Protect dry skin from further cracking and peeling leaving skin more
vulnerable to invasive cold viruses by using a
lotion to hydrate and protect the skin, and retain moisture. A
shielding lotion will protect the delicate skin around your nose and
help it heal much faster, say dermatologists.
Len Simpson is a freelance writer based in Pasadena, CA.
She has worked for award-winning newspapers for more than ten years and
now writes about health issues, alternative and natural remedies.
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