Dry Skin: How to Protect your Skin in Winter

For many people, winter cold days bring more than just a rosy glow to the cheeks. They also bring dryness to the skin of the face, hands and feet. Cold air holds less moisture than warm air. Also low humidity and central heating, which makes your hair and skin even drier.




 
 

5 tips for your dry skin:

 
 
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
 
Moisturizing is an essential part of our skin regimen, but it’s particularly so in this dry, freezing weather. Be sure to choose a product that is specific to your skin type and remember to apply within a few minutes of bathing to trap much-needed water.
 
Use a Humidifier
 
During the winter, humidity levels drop below 10 percent. To increase humidity use a vaporizer or humidifier. Central heating systems blast hot dry air throughout our homes and offices. This contributes to a scratchy throat, dry skin and may even increase rates of respiratory infections and allergies. Humidifiers get more moisture in the air, which helps prevent your skin from drying out. Place several small humidifiers throughout your home and offices.
 
Take short showers and use warm water
 
Hot water strips skin of its natural oils, leaving your skin dehydrated and itchy.
 
Protect you hands
 
Protect your hands in cold winter days by wearing cotton gloves whenever you go outside. If you need to wear wool gloves to keep your hands warm, slip on a cotton glove first, to avoid any irritation the wool might cause.




 
 
Moisturize again before bed
 
Hydrating skin at least twice a day is ideal. Do that after a morning shower or bath and then right before turning in for the night.

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