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6 Skin Care Tips for Winter Skin Care

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  • Hydrate. Hydration is important year round, but hydration is especially so during the wintertime, when the constant temperature changes from the outside chill to the warmth of indoors wreak havoc on your skin.
  • Moisturize from the inside out: When we’re properly hydrated, our skin lubricates itself from the inside, and that moisture works itself up from the lower dermal layers to the upper dermal layers at the surface. By drinking the recommended six-to-eight glasses of water daily, you can help keep dry skin at bay.
  • Create a barrier with moisturizers: When applying lotions and crèmes, you are creating a barrier to protect your skin against dryness. This barrier allows time for hydration and healing to occur from the inside. For best results, regularly apply a product with ingredients like shea butter and petrolatum immediately following a bath or shower, when the skin is still moist.
  • Avoid harsh soaps and cleansers: Pay special attention when picking your soap, as certain seemingly-mild cleansers actually contain chemicals that strip water from the skin. Generally, products containing preservatives, fragrances, and lye are harsher and more irritating to the skin. Instead, look for products that contain glycerin, a humectant that traps and maintains moisture.
  • Take shorter, cooler showers: Despite how soothing a long, hot shower feels when it’s chilly outside, the steam and heat can do skin more harm than good by drawing out moisture that is on the skin and causing dryness. Instead, keep the water temperature comfortably warm and take shorter showers.
  • Use a humidifier: The use of heaters and furnaces in the winter can greatly reduce the humidity level inside your house and suck moisture out of the air. Using a small bedside humidifier, especially at night while sleeping, can help combat dry skin and keep moisture in the bedroom.
  • Exfoliate regularly: Exfoliation not only removes rough dry patches, but it promotes new cell growth by exposing more hydrated levels of the skin and bringing them up to the surface. Exfoliation also enhances the absorption of skin care products, so it’s best to apply a moisturizer after exfoliating to ensure that the moisture brought up to the surface of the skin doesn’t evaporate right away.
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