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Fight Dry Skin This Winter

Ready to bundle up and hit the slopes?  Or enjoy a warm mug of hot chocolate while reading by the fire?  You should also be prepared for the itchy, scratchy, peeling dry skin that comes with winter.  Something about that description just doesn’t fit in with the peaceful, falling snow.  The cold outside may force you to turn up the heat inside, and the first thing you will notice is that your skin dries out.  Even your regular moisturizers may not stand a chance against the brutality of winter, but we’ve got a few things that can keep your skin soft and supple all winter long. 

Frequent Application

If your normal moisturizer seems to be working, albeit not as well, simply apply it more often.  Your skin care routine should change along with the seasons.  Try using a moisturizer that is oil based instead of water based.  Oil on the skin will create a protective layer that holds moisture in.  Look closely for non-clogging oils or night creams.

Sunscreen for Winter

It might be sub-arctic cold outside, but the sun can still shine.  Rays from the sun can be damaging to your skin, and sunscreen should be used for any extended period outside.  Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your hands and face about half an hour before you go outside.

Humidify

If you have a central heating system or use a space heater, your skin is constantly bombarded with hot, dry air.  Hook up a humidifier in your bedroom or office to keep the air moisturized.  This will keep your skin moist and prevent drying out.  Try using several small humidifiers in your home in order to spread the moisture out evenly throughout the house.

Use the Hard Stuff

Notice that your feet are cracking and itching?  Pick up a stronger lotion with glycerin or petroleum jelly.  Use an exfoliant every few weeks to remove the dead skin.  You might not get the same coconut lime smell, but at least your feet aren’t turning into sharp talons.

Facial Peels

Your hands and face are most likely to dry out during the winter, so changing up your products and your routine is crucial.  Use a mild foaming cleanser or cleansing milk to wash your face.  Choose an alcohol-free toner and regularly apply a hydrating mask.  Avoid clay-based masks.

Cover Your Hands

The skin of the hands is delicate and thin compared to the rest of the body.  Your hands also have fewer oil glands, which make it harder to keep them moist.  Anytime you head outside, slip some gloves on first.  If you choose wool gloves to keep your hands warm, pick up a pair of cotton gloves to put on first to protect your hands from irritation.