How To: Combat Dry Winter Skin

by Deanna Marano

photo via mnn.com

photo via mnn.com

Winter wreaks havoc on our bodies, and it seems to show up first in our skin. As we know, the skin is the body’s largest organ and taking care of it is crucial.

  • As always, make sure to stay properly hydrated. Water is the surest way to accomplish this, but tea, particularly green, is also a nice way to stay hydrated during the colder months.
  • Tempting as it is, try to avoid taking very hot showers. The cooler the temperature of the water, the easier it is on our delicate skin.
  • Put on a nourishing lotion after bathing. Aveeno and Eucerin make some really great ones, and Johnson’s Baby Lotion is a classic. Try to massage it in as soon after toweling off as possible – it acts as a barrier for keeping that water in our skin.
  • Wear gloves whenever you’ll be out in the cold, and for extra hydration, apply lotion to hands right before slipping them on.
  • Since we’re all (hopefully!) washing our hands more often this time of year, try to apply lotion after every wash. I find it helpful to keep a pocket size bottle in my backpack right beside my hand sanitizer (for use after that as well).
  • If you’re especially sensitive to the cold, consider a humidifier in your room at night. It helps bring moisture back into the air and is really helpful during this time when the drying heaters in our homes are constantly on.

Hopefully these tips will assist you in the next few months as we all wait for the warmer weather to return. We’re almost to spring – hang in there!

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