Today’s Gem of Gratitude #162

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Today I am thankful for quality moisturizers. Living in a hot and dry climate carries with it the necessity to make sure that your skin stays moisturized. And, unfortunately, a great number of the moisturizers on the market just do not cut the mustard when it comes to combating the effects that hot and dry climates have on your skin. Sure, they generally lend themselves well to the application of them to your skin and initially they seem to leave your skin moisturized, smooth, supple, and soft. But when you glance at your skin about a half an hour to an hour later, your skin looks and feels as though it has not seen, let alone come into contact with, moisturizer in over a year. And what’s worse, they often cause your skin to become even drier than it was prior to the application of the moisturizers, and, if your skin is sensitive, they can wreak havoc on your skin in other ways.

When I first moved to this new extra hot and dry climate I was at a loss for what to do in order to take care of my skin. I tried using all of the same go-to items that I had previously used when I lived in other climates. And what happened? None of those things worked. And worse than that, those same products with which I had had success previously were now causing my skin to turn red, peel, flake, and itch. It was terrible.

I kept trying to figure out what the problem was, since these were products that I had used before, they had not expired, and I was using them correctly. Then, after speaking with a few people who had also experienced their own fair share of challenges regarding this issue while living here, I realized that living in a hot and dry climate is very different from living in a climate that boasts one or the other of those aspects, as the warm climate that I lived in previously was also a humid one, and the dry climate that I lived in previously was also a cooler one.

So, what was I to do? Well, I did a lot of research on the internet, because I knew that I was not the only one who had encountered this issue. And I came across a few tips and pointers that have helped me tremendously. Today, I have a better handle on how to take care of my skin in this climate, though it is still a work in progress. And needless to say, I have developed a newfound love of quality moisturizers, especially when they are easy to find or make and carry with them a minuscule price tag. Now that’s what I call a win-win. #lovebythedrop

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