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Winter skin care: Everyday tips to avoid dry skin

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During the winter months, it can be challenging to keep your skin moisturized due to frigid temperatures and weather conditions such as freezing rain and snow that can be rough on exposed skin areas. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, cold weather may lead to noticeable fine lines, dryness and flaking of the skin thanks to dry air.

Fortunately, you can take a few simple steps to help your skin retain more moisture. The following tips can help you make winter skin care easier to manage while encouraging healthy skin:

  • Moisturize often and keep in mind the type you use based on your skin tone. Help your skin lock in moisture with a good cream, ointment or lotion product. Apply the product to the skin after washing hands or drying off from a shower. Natural and essential ingredients such as shea butter and jojoba oil can be helpful.
  • Protect your skin with sunscreen. Consider a moisturizer with SPF protection. Sun glare is also known for contributing to dry skin. Lip balm with similar protection can help prevent chapped and cracked lips.
  • Use a mild cleanser on facial areas and try to limit how often you wash your face. Foam cleansers and toners that are alcohol-free are good options since they help the skin retain natural moisture.
  • Limit how long you stay in the bath or shower. Being in the water too long may cause the skin to lose more of its natural moisture. Consider using natural products to help treat itchy skin such as baking soda. Be gentle when you wash and dry your skin; when using a towel blot the skin gently.

Additional Suggestions to Keep Skin Hydrated during Winter Months

A humidifier can be used at home to help maintain air moisture indoors. This can be a good option for those who deal with skin inflammation, itchiness or related skin conditions such as dermatitis. Avoid the use of harsh cleaners while cleaning and consider products with natural ingredients such as essential oils. Over-the-counter saline sprays may help in reducing the flu and viral infections. They can help keep areas such as eyes, nasal passages and the mouth from getting too dry. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

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