Winter is tough on most skin types, as the cold air can be really harsh and dry. There’s no need to worry, though. We’ve got you covered with a comprehensive skincare routine that’ll get you through the winter! Follow these five easy steps in order to have flawless skin, all year round.
Use a Gentle Cleanser
Even if your skin requires a stronger cleanser during the summer months, it may be best to switch to a gentler cleanser in the winter. According to dermatologist, Dr. Marisa Garshick, “It is important to use a cleanser that won’t strip the skin of its natural oils, especially in the winter months, so it won’t leave the skin feeling dry.”
Use a Thick Moisturizer
As opposed to cleanser, which should be gentler during winter, moisturizer should be more intense when it’s cold outside. Opt for a thick moisturizer during the winter, even if you usually go for something lighter. Dr. Garshick says, “A thick cream or ointment can help to lock moisture in and prevent moisture loss while also helping to support the skin barrier, which can be especially important for dry, cracked, or chapped skin in the winter months.”
Don’t Forget Sunscreen
Most people neglect to apply sunscreen during the winter months because it doesn’t feel sunny outside. However, the sun can still impact your skin – even when it’s behind clouds. In order to keep yourself healthy, it’s important to apply sunscreen – SPF 30 or higher – all year round.
Lip Moisturizer for the Win
Chapped lips are a dreaded part of winter, but they don’t have to be. Incorporate chapstick into your daily skincare routine, and skip the worst part of winter altogether. Bonus points if you invest in a tinted chapstick, which can serve as a daytime lipstick as well.
Last But Not Least – Hand Cream
Don’t forget to show your hands some love during the winter months! Since our hands are exposed to the dry air and harsh winds all day, they’re prone to getting cracked and dry during the winter.
So, make sure you’re putting on hand cream each day. You can also use an overnight treatment if your hands need a little extra care.
We all love our furry friends and want them to adapt to our own lifestyles. But sometimes, can that cause more harm than good? The impact of a vegan diet on pets has been a subject of heated debate for years. But there hasn’t been enough scientific evidence or formal assessments until now. A new study, published in Veterinary Sciences, digs deep into the subject by bringing together the findings of health studies on 16 cats and dogs on vegan diets.
The Question of Ethics
The world has witnessed an increasing awareness and popularity of plant-based or vegan diets in recent years. This practice was mainly spurred by various ethical concerns related to sustainability, health benefits, and animal welfare. Generally, pet owners also wish to feed their pets in adherence to these specific dietary choices. One study showed that around 35% of pet owners, who didn’t put their pets on vegan diets, would like to consider it. But their principal concerns were nutritional inadequacy, very few commercially available proper vegan pet foods, and a lack of overall veterinary support. It’s a traditional belief that feeding vegan diets to primarily carnivorous species clashes with their natural habitat, leading to serious health issues. The debate even gets to the ethical point where feeding vegan diets to carnivorous pets is considered animal cruelty. But what does actual science have to say about it?
The Question of Necessary Nutrients
Dogs are facultative carnivorous. That means they can digest plant material, and while they can survive without meat, they may not thrive. On the other hand, cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they consume more than 70% meat and can’t digest plant material. Their physical features are clearly designed to suit carnivorous lifestyles. Now soy or cereal grains, the main plant-based proteins used in vegan diets, contain fewer essential amino acids, omega-3 fatty acids, and zero essential vitamins. So, to maintain good liver, eye, and heart function, a properly balanced nutritional composition is necessary for vegan pet diets. As for some good news, the recent study shows no sign of nutritional deficiency in the pets on vegan diets. Rather several benefits were noted, like reduced obesity, reduced skin irritation, and better-smelling breath. But at the same time, as the study focuses on only a limited number of pets with just a few months of observations, long-term health impacts, if any, can be missed. So, researchers suggest taking a cautious approach in this matter, only using veterinary experts-guided balanced and complete vegan diet formulations to prevent your four-legged friends from having any nutrient deficiency.