Winterizing Your Skin Care Regimen

A change in season should mean a change in your skin care regimen since dry, cold air can cause unhealthy skin, resulting in flaking, cracking, itching and soreness. Without the right care, eczema can be exacerbated, and fine lines and wrinkles can be worsened. Incorporate the below tips for healthy winter skin:

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Though you probably have moisturizing creams left over from the spring and summer months, it is critical to use a moisturizer that is appropriate for the weather change. Suitable moisturizing creams should be oil-based instead of water-based. In addition, to keep the pores free of debris, use unclogging moisturizers such as avocado oil, almond oil or mineral oil. After showering, lather your entire body with a high-quality moisturizing lotion. The hands are more prone to cracking due to the drying effect that handwashing can have. Use a moisturizing soap and apply hand cream liberally after washing.

Suncreen in Winter?

Can you get freckles and age spots in the winter? Don't fall victim to the thought that only hot summertime UV rays can damage the skin. In fact, snow, ice and water can reflect 80 percent of the sun's UV rays, increasing the exposure and therefore allowing more damage to take place. A broad-spectrum sunscreen should be a regular part of your daily skin care routine.

Indoor Humidity

So you’re cranking up the heater to stay toasty, but all that hot air is also drying out your skin. To further protect the skin while inside, use humidifiers during the winter months. Moisture is pumped into the air, preventing the skin from unnecessary drying.

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