Winter Skin Care

Beauty, Home & Family
on January 3, 2012

If winter weather does a number on your skin, it may be time to change up your winter skin care regimen. Discover these simple and effective ways to care for your skin in the harsh, windy, cold and dry climate of winter. Banish stressed, red, chapped and dry skin for good.

Use sunscreen. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends everyone use sunscreen every day because the sun emits harmful ultraviolet rays year round. This means you can get sunburned as easily on a snowy day as you can on a summer day.

Moisturize to protect and heal. If you don’t use moisturizer during the warmer months, consider adding it to your winter regimen. Those who already use moisturizers should upgrade to moisturizers with more protective emollients. Petroleum jelly is a fantastic, inexpensive skin protectant. Slather petroleum jelly on dry feet and hands at night, put thick socks or gloves on and go to bed. You’ll be amazed at the results in the morning.

Hydrate skin from the inside. Dehydration is not good for any part of your body, but your skin may show the visible effects of dehydration first. In addition, if you don’t include omega-3 fatty acids in your diet, now is the time to start. Nourished skin is better prepared to fight the harsh effects of winter.

Shun hot showers. It may feel good when the weather cools, but hot showers, baths and hot water in general are not good for skin. Your skin loses moisture with prolonged exposure to water — especially hot water. Turning the temperature down in the shower and bath will keep skin at its best.

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