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Sub-zero temperatures in Chicago
Sub-zero temperatures in Chicago
Lisa M. Johnson

As Chicago slowly emerges from record breaking sub-zero temperatures, skin protection is of chief importance. Severe weather can be hard on your skin, and experiencing dry skin during winter months is a common occurrence.
Dry air in your home or office and arctic wind conditions can deplete your skin of its moisture, leaving your skin to feel dry, chapped and irritated.

Dry skin is ……
Dry skin is a skin type, and is a common problem for mature women. Dry skin is caused by a lack of protective oils or sebum in the skin. Oil production in the skin diminishes in your 40s, so it’s important to keep your skin hydrated, especially during the winter.

Moisturizing and Hydration is key

Hydration brings water to the skin, and this can be achieved by using humectant ingredients such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid, which attracts water from the atmosphere and also from the dermis (inner most layer of skin), to the epidermis (top layer of skin). In addition to, using moisturizing ingredients, like beeswax, petroleum and vitamin E will create a waterproof barrier on top of the skin; thus preventing water from evaporating into the atmosphere leaving skin feeling dry, chapped and irritated.

Here are some tips to help you protect your skin during severe cold weather:
Add water, drink plenty of water
• Avoid hot showers or baths
• Use a creamy face wash to add emollients back to skin and rinse with cold water
• Eliminate harsh, stripping cleansers to avoid drying out the skin
• At night use a thick and creamy moisturizer, to allow your skin to absorb and repair itself overnight
• Use a humidifier to help keep moisture in the air
• Nourish dry skin with oil- based products such as rich, thick creams instead of lotions,
• Use natural oil-based creams, masques and butter products to treat winter dryness such as: Shea butter, Argan oil, Avocado oil, Sunflower oil and Vitamin E
• Use a broad- spectrum protection sunscreen, which protects from both UVA and UVB rays. Protection from the sun is just as important in the winter months as it is during the summer months. Sunlight reflects off of snow, ice and water. An SPF of 30 or greater will work and re-apply every two hours
• Your lips need protection too, use a lip balm with ingredients that will provide a protective shield, beeswax, lanolin and petroleum jelly

Keep your skin soft and hydrated throughout the bitter cold winter and windy months by following this Chicagoan’s expert advice.

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