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Skin Health

Woman in fieldAs the weather turns colder, skin issues can become a common problem for many of us.

November is National Eczema Awareness Month in Canada — one of the biggest skin troubles that flares up when dry cold and forced heat are combined in winter.

How Chiropractic is Good for Your Skin

You may not think of  chiropractic as being able to help your skin. You would be wrong! Regular spinal adjustments can go far in remedying various skin ailments. Removing those subluxations helps with overall body, stress response, and immune function – all things that play into how well the body can fight off a flare up or deal with inflammation that’s already present. From infants to senior citizens, any age can benefit from this non-invasive care.

While maintaining your regularly scheduled appointments for adjustments is critical, also be conscious of other factors affecting your skin. We sometimes let our water intake lag in the colder months — our bodies need a constant intake of fluids, regardless of the season. Holiday drinking at parties always increases during these months as well. Alcohol dehydrates the body and can play havoc with your skin. Stick to sparkling water when you can, or alternate your alcoholic beverages with large glasses of water, to minimize the effect (your head, along with your skin, will be grateful)!

Follow These Tips

Finally, be mindful of what you’re putting on and in your body. Heavily fragranced moisturizers can be irritating — go scent-free for best results. Natural oils, such as jojoba, grapeseed, and coconut are extremely effective at retaining skin’s moisture (however, refrain from using coconut oil on the face — it can cause acne). Skin irritation can also come from adverse responses to gluten, dairy, and sugar. Sometimes, when we don’t see a “full-blown” allergic reaction, we don’t make the connection between foods and sensitivity. Don’t ignore the signs your body is sending to you. Try abstaining from certain foods — you may see an improvement.

Follow these tips and maintain your spinal adjustment schedule to achieve soft, hydrated skin (with no itching!) all winter long.

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