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Protect Your Skin from the Winter Chill!

Baby, it’s cold outside, and your skin is most definitely feeling the effects. One of the key ingredients in keeping your skin healthy and youthful is moisture—something that is severely lacking during the winter months. Not only is the outside air devoid of humidity, but keeping the heat on also makes the air inside your house very dry. This double whammy will strip your skin of its natural moisture barrier, leaving you vulnerable to flakiness, itchiness, and even wrinkles. So when you feel that temperature drop, it’s time to incorporate the following tips into your skincare routine:

  • Moisturize: This is the most important step to fighting the winter skin blues! Opt for a rich and creamy moisturizer, even if you prefer something lighter during warmer months. Apply within 2 to 3 minutes of getting out of your bath and shower, and reapply at least once more daily. Also look for ingredients that help trap water into the skin, such as glycerin, hyaluronic acid, sorbitol, and alpha hydroxy acids. Make sure to use lotion specifically made for the face for your face, and get a body lotion for the rest of your skin.
  • Use a mild soap: Shelve your deodorant soap until the spring, as soaps packed with artificial scents tend to dry out the skin. Instead, opt for mild soaps and use a minimal amount. Tip: If you lather up so much that you can’t see your skin, you’re using way too much soap, which will dry out your skin from head to toe. Consider using a liquid cleanser that contains petrolatum, which will seal moisture into the skin.
  • Sleep with a humidifier: Like we said, central heating systems and space heaters blast dry air though your home, sucking the life out of your skin. Counteract these effects by using a humidifier, which actually pumps moisture into the air. Tip: If you work in an office, bring a compact one to keep at your desk. After all, you’ll spend a majority of the winter at your desk, so it will really make a difference to combat the 40 hours of dry heat each week.
  • Protect your skin: The skin on your hands is thinner than on most parts of the body, and has fewer oil glands. That means it's harder to keep your hands moist, especially in the winter. Gloves will help protect your hands when you go outside, therefore leaving it less susceptible to dehydration. Tip: Avoid wearing rough materials like wool right next to the skin. If you prefer wool for warmth, wear thin cotton gloves as a barrier in between. Also bundle up the rest of your body with proper clothing, hats, and scarves.
  • Limit your exposure to hot water: Sure, those long showers and baths feel wonderful in the cold winter, but this is another contributor to dry and itchy skin. Try to only bathe once a day for just five minutes, and set the water temperature to warm instead of hot.