Posted by: suzannern | January 8, 2010

Simple Skin Care and OrganoDerm Giveaway!

Our Skin.

Our Largest Organ and Our First Line of Defense.

During the winter season this vital part of our body is likely to be compromised by the cold, windy weather. This is often compounded by taking scorching showers to stay warm.
‘Tis the season! So I have decided to dedicate this post to our skin– by bringing it back to the basics…

1. Soap and Water
In the healthcare world it is repeatedly driven into our heads…. the most important thing you can do to protect yourself and others from harmful micro-organisms is to WASH YOUR HANDS.

A little narrative to help you understand my point…

Right around the time I was born, “universal precautions” was just beginning to emerge and glove use was not a common thing in hospitals. My mother worked in a maternity unit as a nurse during this time. One night a woman with active genital herpes gave birth vaginally (FYI— if you are pregnant and have active genital herpes you should make this known to your physician because the virus can be passed to the fetus, which can lead to a fatal systemic infection), spreading the virus to her infant. The infant was handled by multiple staff members but because of their consistent and proper hand washing routine, the virus was only spread to one health-care worker ( a nurse who handled the newborn as soon as it was born).
Remember, you never know who you will come in contact with. If not for yourself, wash your hands so you don’t spread whatever your nose-picking finger has to an immune deficient child or somebody battling cancer.
Washing your hands saves lives.

Steps to Wash Hands:
-Wet your hands with running water.
-Apply soap.
-Thoroughly lather hands.
-Rub hands vigorously for at least 20 seconds, scrubbing all surfaces, including the backs of your hands, wrists, between your fingers and under your fingernails. An easy way to know 20 seconds has passed is to sing the ABCs or Happy Birthday to yourself.
-Rinse well.
-Dry your hands.
When in a public bathroom, use your towel to turn off the faucet.

2. Moisturize:
Frequently washing your hands or just simply being exposed to the elements in the winter can lead to dry, cracked skin. Any break in your skin is a gateway for micro-organisms to make their way into your body.
Once again, keep it simple… wear gloves outside and keep those hands soft with lotion!

3. Beware of Mis- and Over- Using Anti-Bacterial Skin Products!

I am all about good hygiene and proper hand-washing but I would like to make it very clear that I am not a big fan of anti-bacterial skin care products. Yes, anti-bacterial gels like Purell are handy in situations where you don’t have time to wash your hands. But over-using Purell (and anti-bacterial soaps and lotions) breed anti-bacterial resistant bacteria. Not a good thing. Strains of these bacteria, like MRSA and VRE, which used to be isolated within hospitals, are increasing in occurrence within the general population.

It is much healthier to trust your immune system and use plain soap and water the majority of the time. Only use anti-bacterial products when absolutely necessary. Educate yourself!

Another semi-related FYI–
The common cold and the flu are VIRUSES… a virus is not bacteria… therefore you DO NOT need an antibiotic for these illnesses. Keep that in mind before you allow your doctor to prescribe you anti-biotics without verification of a bacterial infection. Please don’t pop anti-biotics like candy, because one day you may really need an anti-biotic and you want the medication to work, right? Good.

Now it’s time for the giveaway!!!

The fabulous people over at ORGANODERM are donating their skincare travel kit to a lucky holistic health nut reader. Natural, gentle, organic and free of anti-bacterial crapola, their products are perfect for any skin type and climate.

For a chance to win please
comment below, adding a personal story or some information relating to the topic of skin care and/or what product from Organoderm that interests you the most.

Contest closes Wednesday, January 13. Open to US residents only please.

Good luck!!



  1. YAY! Make sure you read up so you can get some delicious exfoliating wash for your skin!!! GREAT GIVEAWAY SUSU!!!! xo

  2. Some interesting reading! I forwarded this to a friend who’s into organic things, maybe she’ll blog about it.

    I hate getting sick, so when I travel, I compulsively wash my hands. Usually it works. Last time it didn’t.

    I’d say I’m most interested in the lip protector. My lips tend to become chapped very easily.

  3. Oh where to begin? I have so many problems with my facial skin. From red blotchiness to skin flaking, to large pores and dark circles. Right now I use jojoba oil on it, but it doesn’t really help.

    I think I am most interested in the night cream because it tightens and reduces wrinkles too! oh the fun of aging!

  4. My hands and face are always really raw and dry in the winter. I try to use hand lotion and moisturizer regularly, but I never seem to remember it regularly enough! I’d love to win this giveaway 🙂

  5. […] off… the winner of the previous giveaway is MIA so this giveaway will include both the skin care package and the new giveaway, a signed copy of the book “Why Him? Why Her?: How to Find and Keep […]

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