Body Sense

AUTUMN | 2021

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All summer long, my skin has been doing great and is really clear. But when the cold weather of winter comes along, I suddenly get these terrible acne breakouts. What gives? To preface, there could be a whole myriad of factors affecting your skin and the best and easiest way to fi nd a personalized solution is to seek out a licensed esthetician for a professional consultation. But based on the dramatic difference in clarity that seems to be brought on by seasonal changes, it sounds as if you may live in an area that experiences all four seasons: a rainy spring, a hot and humid summer, a cool fall, and a snow-packed, cold winter. People who live in areas where the climate changes so drastically every few months need to understand that it's not just your clothing choices that change with the seasons. Your skin care routine should change too. For example, in the summertime, you're likely spending more time outdoors. Depending on your climate, there's more moisture in the air due to high humidity levels and you're probably getting a good amount of vitamin D from the sun (staying protected with a good SPF, of course!). But fast- forward six months and things are looking much different. Whenever the sun does happen to peek out from behind gray clouds, you're likely staying indoors where it's warm and cozy. Between the dryness of the heat cranking in your home and the dryness of the harsh winter air outside, your skin could be severely dehydrated and begging for moisture. These two situations could not be more opposite, and so it makes sense you would experience vastly different skin conditions if you're not careful and don't adjust your routine accordingly. My best advice? Consult with an esthetician to discuss your past experiences with seasonal skin changes, as well as any other factors that may be impacting the clarity of your skin, and work together to fi nd a personalized routine that will have your skin glowing all year round. Do pregnant women benefi t from massage and bodywork? If so, what type of work is appropriate? Pregnancy massage can be incredibly benefi cial for moms- to-be! This unique massage modality can help reduce general physical discomfort, as well as pain in targeted areas, such as the low back and hips. It also helps decrease anxiety and promote better sleep. During the session, your massage therapist will use specifi c techniques and body positions on the table—like lying on your side— to ensure your and your baby's safety. When you're ready to try this incredible form of bodywork, be sure to choose a qualifi ed therapist with training in prenatal massage. A S K T H E E X P E R T S Kristin Coverly, LMT, is a massage therapist and the director of professional education for Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. Emily Jones is a licensed esthetician in the states of Massachusetts and Colorado. Q & A

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