winter skin

CARING FOR YOUR DRY SKIN

Dry, flaky, itchy skin and cold weather go hand in hand. Winter winds and cold weather leaves skin flaky, red and rough. Severely dry skin (xerosis) can show up on your arms, hands, lower legs, ankles and even your scalp. Dry skin needs more moisture and barrier protection so that your skin’s natural moisture does not escape. Reverse dry skin and restore moisture by: Taking shorter showers Limit yourself to a single 5- or 10-minute shower or bath each day. Spending more time in the water often leaves your skin less hydrated than before you started,…

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Are You in Hot Water?

You already know that it’s best to stay away from proverbial hot water. But when it comes to your skin, it’s best to stay out of the real stuff, too. Long showers, especially during the cold winter months, dehydrate the skin, causing not only a loss of water, but also electrolytes. When your skin is dehydrated, it becomes scaly, taut, irritated—and makes you look older. So let’s face the facts and see how best to protect your skin. Wash with tepid water and shower only once a day. Hot water will dehydrate and damage your skin. Keep…

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