5 Ways to Combat Dry Winter Skin

winterCrisp fall days and cool evenings can provide a welcome relief to the heat and humidity of summer, but they can also wreak havoc on your skin. Your summer skin care products may not be able to provide enough protection against the cooler, drier weather, leaving your skin irritated and flaky.  As weather conditions change, so, too, should your skin care routine to prevent dry skin in winter. Increase Your Moisturizer  Winter weather can really dry out your skin.  Now is the time to use a heavier moisturizer in your winter skin care.  Be sure to apply a moisturizer in the morning before your makeup and again in the evening before bed to prevent dry skin in winter. You may find that an oil-based, rather than water-based moisturizer works best for you, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin and retains more moisture than a cream or lotion. Consider using a milk or cream cleanser during the winter months to retain your skin’s moisture.
Don’t Forget Sunscreen Applying sunscreen shouldn’t just be a summertime habit.  The winter sun can still damage your skin. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face and your hands (if they’re exposed) about 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply frequently if you plan to be out awhile to prevent dry skin in winter. Fix Summer Damage Fall is a great time to remedy the damage done by summer’s harsh rays. Once a week, after cleansing, use a peel with glycol acid or salicylic acid to gently loosen and slough off dead skin. Use a Humidifier More time spent indoors, with the heat running, can also cause dry skin.  Your central heating unit dries out the air leaving your skin thirsty for moisture.  Consider using a small humidifier in your bedroom so that your skin can do a little rehydrating overnight. Avoid Hot Showers Protecting your skin’s natural oils is critical during the colder months. To do this, avoid hot showers and body soaps that contain detergents. Hot water can further dehydrate your skin, and body soaps that contain detergents can diminish protective skin oils.  

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