Win the Battle Against Winter Dry Skin

Winter has begun and with it the age-old battle with winter dry skin. Find out how to preserve the moisture in your whole body throughout the harsh winter months by following these helpful hints.

Win the Battle Against Winter Dry Skin

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

This is the golden principle of counteracting winter dry skin. When weather changes, it’s a good idea to consider a change of moisturizer as well. An oil-based, as opposed to water-based, moisturizer will create a barrier that retains the moisture in your skin. An ointment moisturizer, rather than a cream or lotion, will help accomplish this.

Protect Your Skin From the Sun

The need for sunscreen is not strictly limited to the warm summer months. Your skin is still susceptible to damage from the winter sun, as well as from snow glare. Protect your skin during this period by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen if you’re going to be outside.

Peeling Equals Drying

You’ll want to keep as much oil in your skin as possible. To that end, avoid using harsh peels, masks, and alcohol-based toners and astringents which will strip the oil from your skin. Replace those harsh peels with gently foaming cleaners and cleansing milk to keep your skin nourished through everything that winter throws at it.

Hydrate Your Hands

Your hands need extra loving during the winter due to the thin skin membrane and fewer oil glands that are found there. The combination of winter cold and frequent exposure of your hands leads to dryness, itchiness, and cracking. To combat this, always make sure to wear gloves whenever you’re outside, and keep your hand moisturizer close by.

Humidify Your Home

Your home can become a hive of dry air through the winter due to dry, hot air dispensed by space heaters and central heating systems. Infuse your air with moisture by hooking up small humidifiers throughout your home. It can go a long way to preventing that pesky winter dry skin.

Take Care Of Your Feet

Your feet can sometimes take the worst abuse from the winter weather. Guard against this by lathering them up regularly. Exfoliating at regular intervals can clear away dead skin and leave your new skin prepared to absorb whatever moisturizer you apply. Choose a lotion that contains petroleum jelly or glycerin, which will be more effective in keeping your feet moisturized.

Hold Off On That Hot Bath

While a hot bath may be the first thing that comes to mind after a long day in the snow and cold, you may want to reconsider. The intense heat from hot baths and showers have been proven to break down the lipid barriers in skin and induce an overall reduction in moisture. Keep the water warm (not hot), and limit the time you spend in there to better protect your skin.

Winter may usually be a harsh time for your skin, but you won’t have to worry about it this year. With these moisture-preserving suggestions, you and your skin can rest easy through this coming winter.

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