Treating skin in cold climates..

Whether you live in the Midwest, the North, or some southern climates, winter weather, even when it’s mild, brings a noticeable change to your skin. It’s not the winter temperatures that cause your skin to feel dry and chapped; it’s the lack of available moisture in winter air that really makes your skin scream for hydration. And while you may be very dedicated to applying moisturizing creams and lotions to your body, you may be forgetting the one element that really counts — water!

Water in the winter is like sunscreen in the summer, you HAVE to have it! Dermatologists advise that drinking more water in the winter will help to make your skin feel comfortable. Another way to keep your skin moisturized in the winter is finding the right lotions and oils to match your skin type. Look for products that absorb well into your skin without leaving it feeling greasy or oily. Your key ingredients to look for while purchasing a good moisturizer are glycerin, petrolatum, and dimethicone. Those ingredients will help draw water to your skin and trap it there!

If your skin is especially dry to the touch, or you can actually draw your name into your skin with the tip of your nail, try the following:

  • After you’ve cleansed your skin in the shower or bath, gently massage an exfoliating scrub over your skin to lift and remove dry, dead skin cells.
  • Do not towel your skin vigorously after your bath or shower. Rather, let the extra water go to work for you. Seal it into your skin where it can do the most good.
  • Within five minutes of your bath or shower, while your skin is still damp, apply moisturizing lotion everywhere — from your neck to your toes.
  • Always apply moisturizer before bedtime and before going outdoors.
  • Don’t forget about your face — it has the most exposure in the winter.

Also, by not consuming the right amount of water, digestive problems like constipation and others can take place. So drink up!

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