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How to Winter-Proof Your Skin

Temperatures just took the first plunge of the season in my area and my skin is definitely noticing the colder air! Dry, flaky, and itchy skin is an uncomfortable side effect to the dropping temperatures. It can be downright miserable. No doubt, you probably notice the ashy look as well- not cute! I have some helpful hints to somewhat “winter-proof” your skin.

The first thing you need to know is that in the winter, the air is drier; therefore it dries your skin out. The heating in our homes can also suck the moisture right out of the skin. The summer months usually bode well to our skin because the humidity in the air keeps the skin supple. So keeping this in mind, we need to “replenish” the moisture.

The first thing you should make sure you are doing is using a body lotion that has humectants. It does not have to be anything expensive. A simple drugstore lotion such as Eucerin or even Vaseline will do the trick. Humectants are actually substances added to cosmetic products that will pull water to the skin and help to keep it there.

Also, be sure you are not taking long showers. It is very tempting to stay in there for twenty minutes or more because it is so warm, but the hot water can actually strip your skin of oil, and this will throw off the natural balance of oil and water in your skin. Try to keep it to five or ten minutes. (An added bonus- you will save money on your utility bills!)

Adding a humidifier to your home can be beneficial for you, or even keeping houseplants in your room. The houseplants can also add some life and cheer up a cold house! Who knew plants could be good for your skin?

Another thing to remember is always wear your sunscreen! You need it just as much in the winter as you do in the summer. Sun damage is the number one cause of all our skin problems (dark spots, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, etc) Even if you are not planning on being outside for long periods of time, incidental sun exposure (i.e. the sun shining through your car window while you drive to work) can do just as much damage. Make sunscreen a daily habit.

Wearing jackets, gloves, scarves and hats is a way to physically guard your skin against the blustery cold winds. Gloves won’t totally protect your hands from being dry and cracked, so be sure to keep them moisturized with an extra rich hand cream. (I like Bath amp; Body Works Glove Me Tender-also has a sunscreen)

Follow these tips and I guarantee your skin will be soft, glowing and ready to take on the winter!!