By Matt Guyette
Ice and snow-covered roads and walkways can be serious safety hazards.
• Walk on sidewalks, if possible. If they are icy and you must take to the streets, walk against the flow of traffic and as close to the curb as you can.
• Wear a bright piece of outer clothing if you have to walk in the street or road. Dark winter colors are often hard for motorists to see.
• Don’t wear a hat or scarf that blocks your vision or makes it hard for you to hear traffic.
• Ice and snow can alter road conditions making it hard for vehicles to stop or slow down. Before you step off the curb — even at a stop sign or traffic light — make sure approaching vehicles have come to a complete stop.
• Be aware that snowdrifts can turn familiar territory into an alien landscape, covering curbs and other potential hazards.
• Bending your knees a little and taking slower, shorter steps can greatly reduce your chances of falling.
Winter Skin Care
Winter, with its cold air and drying heat, can be tough on your skin. And no matter where you live, there are certain basic skin-care things you need to do:
• Moisturize often.
• Take shorter, warm (not hot) showers and baths.
• Keep the humidity level up indoors.
But winter in chilly New England is different than winter in California or the Pacific Northwest. Dermatologists from seven U.S. regions share their best skin-care tips so you can baby your skin in whatever state you find yourself settled in for the winter.
Dermatologist Robert Greenberg, MD, says wintry temperatures on the East Coast can mean the humidity dips indoors when the heat is turned on and stays on. “The air is very dry and we lose water from our skin to the dry air,” he says. Some people use wood stoves for heat, and that dries the indoor air even more.
Greenberg says he’s had to dissuade his patients from shaking off the chill with a hot shower when they scramble from bed. “A long, hot shower in the morning is not a good idea,” he says. It’s too drying.
Greenberg tells residents to avoid harsh soaps, use gentle moisturizers, and mild laundry soaps to prevent skin irritation, especially when it gets drier as the winter goes on. He also says to humidify the indoor air as much as possible.
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