Winter found us. Knew it would. I'm thankful that it waited this long and gave us an extended warmth through October. We truly have been blessed. So why did I feel so blah today as I drove to work and a couple of snow flakes hit my windshield. No matter how much I prepare I am just never ready for winter. It seems like in the winter I can never get the cold out of my bones. I never get enough sleep for my body in the winter. My arthritis hurts more due to the cold moist weather. My mood drops. Of course on the good side of winter it does so make me appreciate the spring and summer so much more. I always say I will never ever complain about how hot it is in the summer because it's much more appreciated than the winter morose. As much as you have wet weather from the snow on the ground though, the air itself becomes very dry. The humidity is low and the winds are often blowing. It goes without saying this is not a loving, nurturing environment to the skin. The skin can become dry and cracked and painful. Water is not the answer even though your skin needs moisture. An example of this is found in when we get into the hot shower. It feels good on our skin, but often depletes the skin of the moisture and dehydrates it. So the best medicine for the skin is to drink lots of water to replenish the skin from the inside and to find a moisturizer that you are comfortable with placing on your skin several times throughout the day. You can not just use the lotion or moisturizer in the morning and at night. This will not be enough to keep you from getting dry and often chaffed skin. If you are a caffeine beverage drinker you need even more moisture since the caffeine is a natural diuretic. So one of my favorite moisturizers is Vaseline Aloe Fresh Hydrating body lotion with aloe & cucumber. You can actually feel the moisture sinking into your skin and it's not greasy. There is nothing worse than a greasy lotion. I recommend that you at least try it. If you know me I can let you try it since I have one in my purse, one in my car, one at home and one at work. If you don't most of the stores in the travel sections have sample sizes you can try. Either way find something to nourish your skin and avoid one of the other down falls of the winter weather which is dry, chaffed and irritated skin. A wonderful way to enjoy the moisturizers you can find out there is to get a warmer for them. They sell them in several local stores. When that warm lotion hits your hands you automatically sigh with relief. Anyway think about the beautiful colors of the flowers in spring and before you know it the winter will be done and another season upon us. Sigh. Twenty-nine is the low for tonight from what I hear. I guess old man winter is settling in.