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Winterize Your Skin This Season

Winter is here and it is time to think about protecting your skin from the elements. Maybe you spend a lot of time outside in the winter. Or, perhaps you are only outdoors for the time it takes to get to and from your car. No matter how you enjoy your winter months, your skin will inevitably feel dry and cracked thanks to the cold weather unless you do something to prevent it.

Cold weather affects your skin in many ways

When you are outside, the frigid air and wind lashes your skin and draws moisture out of it, leaving you with dry cheeks, cracked hands, and chapped lips. When you are inside, your skin gets dried out because of the heating used in our homes. Central heating draws moisture out of the air – and out of your skin.

How to protect your skin

There are several ways to deal with the ill effects of winter’s blustery days. Here are a few tips for keeping your skin moist and comfortable this season:

  1. When going outside, cover your exposed skin.
  2. Slather on body and face moisturizer daily.
  3. Exfoliate regularly. Lightly exfoliate your face and body using a mild cleaner.
  4. Every time you wash your hands, put on hand lotion. Avoid antibacterial hand creams and gels that contain alcohol that will dry out your skin.
  5. Humidify your home with a home humidifier or do it yourself. If you have a wood stove, fireplace, or radiators, place a cast iron container with water on top so it will evaporate into the air while it heats.
  6. Avoid long wearing lipstick that makes your lips dry. Use a gloss or tinted lip balm instead.

Use outerwear to shield your skin from the elements

Protecting your skin from the harsh elements doesn’t have to be unfashionable. There are plenty of great scarves, wraps, face covers, and gloves that will match any coat. For nice coverage, style and prices, check out Target’s outerwear accessories.

A three step nighttime routine for winter skin care

The easiest way to deeply moisturize your skin is to do it before bed, and while you are sleeping.

  1. Take warm showers instead of steaming hot ones that will zap your skin of moisture. Pat your skin dry and slather on a rich moisturizer to lock in the moisture.
  2. Lightly exfoliate your lips with a soft bristled toothbrush. Apply petroleum jelly to your lips before bed.
  3. Sleep with a humidifier on.

Love it! : Author’s top picks for moisturizing products

As a self-proclaimed beauty product junkie, I have unofficially experimented with tons of anti-dry skin products. Here are my long time favorites, for your consideration:

The best way to combat dry, itchy skin is to take a proactive approach to preventing the problem. Cover up, moisturize, and take care of yourself so that you can look and feel great this winter season.

Written by: Christine Cabral

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