Cold weather complexion severs

dryskincareEight ways to protect your skin as the temperature dips cold, dry air is very damaging to skin because it literally removes all moisture. That explains why skin tends to feel itchy and dry and even crakes painfully in the colder months.

To get relief, follow FC’s Rx for parched skin

Use a mild facial cleanser. Dove and bases are both good, non-drying choices.

Switch to richer facial moisturizer. Drier times call for more intense moisturizers. A good choice; Clinique Moisture Surge Extra, an oil-free cream gel designed to relieve dehydrated skin.

Avoid exfoliating. The dry air in many homes actually exfoliates skin. You want to do the opposite; moisturize.

Apply moisturizer to damp skin after showering. After palling-not whipping of your body with a towel, slather on a rich body moisturizer. Pick from the range of Nivea or Vaseline.

Pare down your shower schedule. Long, hot shower can rob your skin of precious moisture. To avoid this, shower as infrequently as possible, every other day. If you feel comfortable. Also, keep showers short and opt form warm water over hot.

Run a humidifier in the bad room. Letting a humidifier run while you sleep will help by putting moisture back into the air.

Don’t skip the sunscreen. You can’t protect yourself enough from the sun, so don’t be lulled into thinking that the rays aren’t reaching you in winter. Continue to apply sunscreen, or a moisturizer with sunscreen, daily.

Give chapped hands and feet some TLC. Dry and cracking hands and feet are common in colder months. To treat hands, reduce the frequency of hand washing (which saps moisture from skin) and apply a cream such as Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream. For feet, apply an antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin following a shower, while feet are still damp.

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