Holiday Cooking And Your Skin

Don't Roast Your Skin While Baking A Turkey

It goes without saying, but being exposed to heat and flames while cooking isn’t the best thing in the world for your skin. Cooking gas releases both heat and light, which can harm your skin, according to dermatologists.

How to Protect Your Skin While Cooking

Heat can damage your skin, so it’s a good idea to take measures to protect it from heat and flames. One of the first things you might think of is using a skincare product, like a skin moisturizer. Since heat can cause you to sweat, but that also means you are losing moisture in your skin.

In more extreme circumstances, especially when around hot ovens, your skin may dry out and even get to the point where it starts to crack. Further, the signs of aging become more visible and can even accelerate under these kinds of conditions.

Applying moisturizer regularly to your skin, such as Aloe Vitality Hydrating Facial Moisturizer, can help to combat the drying and dehydrating impacts of a hot stove. Aloe Vitality Hydrating Facial Moisturizer helps to penetrate your skin while also delivering the nourishment to create silky sift skin while locking in moisture 

Other Protection

Stay Hydrated: It goes without saying, but drinking water will keep you and your skin hydrated. Drinking water and using skincare products helps create redundant protection to keep the hydration locked in. Drinking the recommended amount of water daily will help keep you not only hydrated, but it's also good for your overall health.

Exfoliate: When you exfoliate your skin, it increases cell turnover. This is an effective technique when your skin is bombarded by heat, such as cooking over flames and baking in the oven. ALODERMA’s Aloe Brightening Facial Cleanser is not only silky smooth, but it Aloe acts as a natural exfoliant. Combined with antioxidant and brightening ingredients it helps work to smooth fine lines, restore skin tone that’s uneven and gently clean.

Load up on Vitamins: Antioxidants are known for their anti-aging properties. The most important antioxidants are Vitamin C, E, and B-3. Vitamin C in concentrations of 5-15% has been proved to have an anti-aging skin effect. In addition, Vitamin C helps produce collagen when combined with other enzymes to positively impact regeneration and cell metabolism.

Vitamin E smooths your skin and increases the ability to maintain your skin's humidity. The effects aren't as strong as Vitamin C and B3 but combined, it's stronger than using each one alone.

A great way to not only moisturize your skin, but also supplement your skin is with a moisturizer like ALODERMA’s Aloe Brightening & Rejuvenating Facial Moisturizer, which is loaded with antioxidants and brightening ingredients that work together to smooth fine lines, wrinkles, and restore uneven skin tone. It also works to repair your skin’s natural barrier function.

Skin Disorders Caused by Cooking

So, what about the people who cook for a living? Chefs and food handlers are at high risk for skin disorders because of exposure to water or wet work. The skin barrier is an essential part of the body’s immune system.

The skin barrier’s job is to act as a natural barrier to a variety of substances that can cause an allergic reaction, infection, or irritation. When the skin barrier is compromised, then the risk of skin disorders increases.

Exposure to common food irritants, handling moist food like meat and seafood, and wearing waterproof gloves, and then sweating are just a few things that can cause irritant contact dermatitis.

Contact dermatitis is mainly found on the hands and forearms of a chef and food handler. However, it can also be found on the face due to inadvertent touching of the face after prolonged contact with kitchen cleaners/sanitizers and other chemicals.

Contact dermatitis can cause redness, itchiness, and swelling. If the skin is continually drying and wetting, handling substances that will strip the skin of essential oils will eventually lead to flaking, cracking, and even splitting. If you already have dry or sensitive skin, this is especially something you have to watch out for, especially in the dry winter months.

For someone who is susceptible to contact dermatitis, try using a hand moisturizer during the day if possible. ALODERMA’s Aloe Nourishing Hand Cream is made from 66% pure organic Aloe Vera and is designed to help restore the natural hydration of hands without being excessively oily or greasy. Beyond just moisturizing, it gently exfoliates to repair and soften chapped and rough skin.

Knowing what to do to keep your skin happy and hydrated is essential with the holidays right around the corner. Using products from ALODERMA will keep your skin just way you want it with the natural power of fresh Aloe Vera skin care.