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Tips To Keep Your Skin Healthy This Holiday Season

18Dec

The winter months pose many challenges for maintaining healthy skin. The skin undergoes moisture loss from coming and going between the indoor air and the harsh cold winds of the outdoor air. Skin that is dry, cracked, or irritated is more susceptible to infection. It is important to change your skin care regimen along with the seasons in order to boost your body’s natural defenses. In humid conditions the skin soaks up water from the air, but when winter comes the skin loses a natural moisture source. With the cold of the winter, your skin needs better protection, to preserve the natural oils that protect our skin.

 Here are some tips to help your skin this winter:

  • Look for lotions and creams with any of these ingredients: Petrolatum, Mineral Oil, Linoleic Acid, ceramides, dimethicone, or glycerin
  • Keep yourself hydrated, drinking a lot of water keeps the skin moisturized and flushes out the toxins in the body.
  •  Use lip balms, ChapStick, and lipsticks with moisturizers.
  •  Use sunscreen. Although you may think the skin is less exposed in the winter, ultraviolet rays can be intense on a clear winter day. Even though the sun may not be shining, UV rays still penetrate through the clouds. Use a sunscreen that blocks UVA and UVB radiation.
  • Avoid hot showers. A hot shower may sound great in the winter, but hot water can damage and strip the skin dry. Use lukewarm water and apply a moisturizer after stepping out of the shower to lock in moisture. If your skin is feeling irritated or itchy, try an oatmeal bath, and to add more moisture put in a couple tablespoons of olive oil.
  • Many cleansers and other skin care products contain active ingredients such as Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA’S), known as glycolic acid promote exfoliation (cell turnover). These are great for making your skin look fresher, but they can also dry out your skin during the winter months. So cut back and use it every other day or twice a week. Use gentle moisturizing products that hydrate the skin.

All of the above will help maintain healthy skin. There are some conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and seborrheic dermatitis which flare up during the winter months. For these you should see a dermatologist for diagnosis  and treatment.

 

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