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How to combat dry skin in winter weather

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Over the past week or so, water mains have breaking, vehicles haven't been starting, windows have been cracking and emergencies rooms have been put on a special alert. It's all because of below freezing weather and negative wind chill factors that've been sweeping parts of the nation.

A polar vortex (a what? three words: ridiculously freezing condition) is taking over the Midwest. And while the Northeast is only experiencing half of that severity, it's still menacing. Not only for your pipes, windows and traveling, but for your skin, too! In addition to layering up on cloths, keeping moisturized also helps combat the effect cold weather has on the skin. Here are a few tips and products that make it easy:

1. Find a moisturizer that works for your skin type
My dermatologist once told me that if your skin gets a warm, tingly feeling after applying lotion, that lotion isn't for you. Your skin should feel cool after applying lotion, and when you feel that refreshing breeze, you've found a winner. If you already suffer from dry skin and it has nothing to do with cold weather, try hypoallergenic soaps and moisturizers.

2. Bathe in warm water
Despite how amazing a super hot shower feels before or after being exposed to the cold, it actually leads to a loss of moisture.

3. Moisturize more
This one's easy. We know the dry air in cold weather strips the skin's natural oil, so a simple way to fight that is to moisturize beyond post-bathing. If you go to the bathroom, moisturize! If you come inside from walking the dog, moisturize! If you shower at night and moisturize, wake up and moisturize again!

'Too many moisturizing options; which should I choose?'

It all depends on your skin type, but here are a few of my favs:

1. Aveeno
All of Aveeno's products are dermatologist recommended and soothe the skin. I prefer the Skin Relief 24HR Moisturizing Lotion with Oat Essence. It leaves your skin really soft and is in no way, shape or form, greasy or heavy. It's fragrance free so it doesn't clash with your separate soaps or perfumes either.

2. CeraVe
CeraVe provides different face wash and lotions for all skin types. It's hypoallergenic and doesn't include a bunch of harsh chemicals. I like it because the wash doesn't dry sensitive skin and the lotion is formulated to protect the skin.

3. Vaseline
Last Spring, a pedicurist asked what I did to keep my feet so soft over the winter. Vaseline is a classic remedy. Cuts, burns, you name it. Vaseline smoothens, protects and best of all, seals in moisture. It's an old school trick to soften rough areas like feet, elbows and knees.

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