Warding Off Dry Skin

Ever since I could remember, I have always suffered from extremely dry skin, which means I have always been on the search for the latest products for relief. Over the years, I have come across some that work hardly at all, while there have been some that have really been truly effective. Before I had found the best remedies for my dry skin, I asked around and was able to hear from friends and colleagues to find out the best ways to keep my skin healthy and moisturized throughout the day.


Of course, dry skin happens when it is not able to retain enough moisture. The tips I have read to relieve dry skin literally have been compiled from everywhere and I have made notes to myself with the ones I deem to be the most effective. For some people, even bathing too often can lead to drier skin, as well as aging, soaps with fragrances, and other medical conditions. For my skin especially, the colder weather is a true detriment to my skin, especially winter air that is dry.


During the colder season in the northern hemisphere, the skin may become rough, raw, red, and itchy. This is primarily because the cold winter leads to low humidity, both inside the house and of course outdoors. The outer layer of the skin, known as the epidermis, is the one that truly reflects the humidity levels around it. Luckily, there are many ways to battle dry winter skin. The following are some of the ways you can keep skin silky smooth and battle the harsher times of the year from the New England states to Hawaii and beyond.


Keep Moisturizing the skin

Picture holding beauty cream


Utilizing skin moisturizers to keep the top layer of the skin cells moisturized is always advisable as it seals and combats dry skin. The best ones have three essential ingredients, which are the main ones. Humectants are the type that attracts moisture and include ceramides, sorbitol, glycerin, lecithin. Other ingredients include silicone, mineral oil, and lanolin that help to seal in the moisture.


Linoleic, lauric acids and linolenic are emollients that smoothen the skin out by filling in spaces between the skin cells. As a general rule of thumb, the greasier and thicker the moisturizer, the more effective it tends to be. The most effective and affordable options include petroleum jelly and mineral oils since they have no water in them and are best used when the skin gets damp from bathing. There are other moisturizers that have oil in them, although in varying proportions. They are typically less greasy and are definitely more appealing than oils or petroleum jelly.


Ways you can combat dry skin


Use a humidifier during the winter, set at around 60%, which is sufficient enough to replace the top layer of skin.

Limit baths and showers to less than one at less than 10 minutes daily.

Minimize the soaps you use if you can and opt for those that have been known over the years to work, such as Basis, Olay, Dove, and those that have been stripped away of deodorants and alcohol-based products


In order to avoid doing further damage to skin, avoid scrub brushes, bath sponges, and also washcloths.

A Perfect Appliance

Since I am the type of person that loves to spend time in the kitchen, it is absolutely imperative that I have all of the necessary supplies and gadgets at my disposal to make the experience as enjoyable as possible. Unlike most people, I prefer to have devices that are not as common in most homes on the ready, and that extends to bread machines, which I use all the time to make bread that is flavorful, healthy, and absolutely gorgeous. Unfortunately, my current one has died on me and I must replace it as soon as possible. Luckily, I have been asking around and my friends have directed me towards sites that can help me find the best brands currently on the market.

Since there are far more machines available today that make bread, I knew that I would have to use the internet to narrow down my search. First off, I used the site bestkitchen.pro to find a few of the machines that were suggested to me by friends and colleagues. Next up, I was told to check this out, where I saw more kitchen devices that I was advised to consider. What I also found useful were breach machines where you could literally bake it yourself and not have to worry about anything else.

If you are the type of person that loves the smell of bread that is freshly baked or if your ultimate desire is to impress at an upcoming dinner party, then a breadmaker is definitely the way to go. The great thing is that you don’t have to be a great baker or a culinary genius in order to use one as they take a lot of the guesswork out of it. Trust me, even the worst cook ever could use one of these machines! And, if you happen to suffer from allergies, you will be happy to know that a bread machine gives you the power to omit the ingredients that can lead to symptoms. Of course, there are other features that you may require, but once you have made a list, you will find that most brands are able to cover them all.


Aside from making excellent bread, you will have the power to knead pasta, create jam, and make a dough, so don’t think that there isn’t even more versatility attached to having a bread machine. Based on my reviews, as well as those of others that purchased them in the past, here are a few of the bread machines available that I believe are among the best on the market.



Russell Hobbs 22710

Russell Hobbs 22710


First of all, the small size of this latest bread machine from Russell Hobbs is what I love the most. Since it is smaller than most bread machines in this range, you can bake a loaf of bread up to 1 kilogram and it boasts 19 settings plus an amazing three crust options. You also get with purchase a measuring spoon and cup, plus a booklet full of recipes so that you are ready to use the machine right away. Another great feature is that even after the bread has been fully baked, there is a function that keeps it warm an hour after you have baked it so you can enjoy it at your leisure and the delay timer provided means it will keep overnight.


Panasonic SD-ZX2522

Panasonic SD-ZX2522

If you demand the very best, then look no further than this bread machine as the Panasonic SD-ZX2522 is without a doubt the finest available on the market today, boasting a control deck that has touchscreen controls, a design that includes stainless steel, plus 37 programs to choose from. It really comes in handy for those that have issues with gluten and with the fast-bake option, you can have a loaf ready in less than an hour and a half. Like, what’s not to love about this model? If money is no object, this is the one to add to your kitchen appliances. Once you have a model like this in your house, there really is no reason to bother about other bread machines as there are none on the market that can offer the power and precision of this one. Plus, it will stay in your family for years and years to come.

Try Something New

No one loves to cook more than I do, and making up things on the spot is one of my favorite things to do. Crockpot cooking is one of my personal faves and I also have an excellent bread machine on hand that makes it even more delicious to make some great items that allow me to branch out from my comfort zone and then have my friends try out the new foods. Dinner time is never the same for me and my friends and family and I often share recipes whenever I can and collect the best ones to share.


Who doesn’t love a hot meal whenever they can get it and don’t we all have our own favorite foods that we like to have with some frequency? For those that are not the best cooks, there are some secrets that even beginners can use that will make it seem like they have more experience than they actually do.


I personally believe that it’s always important to take risks and try out new things. There are so many benefits to branching out and you can just imagine how much I have learned by just daring to do so. If you really think about it, you always learn more when you think outside the box. So, the issue with trying something new has never been really an issue with me and I am the kind of person that will try anything at least once. Don’t let fear of strange foods keep you away, because you may find something that you appreciate and there are more than a few reasons to consider trying something new. Here are just a few:


Cultural Awakening and Sensitivity

Picture of different food

If you are the type to consider travel, then you cannot ever escape without trying different and interesting foods. Even if there are foods from countries you have never heard of, the recipes can be slightly different from what you are used to abroad. Luckily, whenever I travel, cuisines seem to be able to find me, and this may, in fact, be one of the reasons why I am so drawn to cuisine and food. It is so important to get over your fear of other foods because you don’t think it will ‘agree’ with you. There are some countries where food is considered a gift from a higher power and there are rituals involved that include not only preparation but the disposing and eating of food. By rejecting them, you are insulting not only the process but more of their culture than you may even realize.


Food Unites People

Women happily cooking

Food often leads to friendship, I have learned over time. There have been so many times where I have begun cooking something with a stranger and by the end of the preparation, I have learned not only how to make some new dish, but I have gained a friend. By trying out new foods, you are building bonds that you cannot put a price tag on, and you can do so with both kids and adults. When in Rome, do as the Romans do, and that includes Italy, Japan, Scotland, and every other country as well.