It is a common
fact that excessive sun exposure can be damaging to your skin. However,
cold weather can take its toll on your skin, too, especially if you
have sensitive or dry skin. The lower temperatures outside, increased
windiness and the fact you are turning up the thermostat in your home
can all make your skin chapped, flaky, blotchy, dry and itchy.
summer, we are more prone to take care of our skin because of the
constant need for topical relief measures such as sunscreen and insect
repellent. However, the winter is the season when our skin actually
needs the most extra care. To help your skin to survive the brutality
of the season, keep in mind the following simple winter skin care
to use a sunscreen with SPF 15 or better. Although you may not feel
it as much, the sun can be just as powerful when reflecting off the
snow or while taking a long walk outdoors as it is on a summer day
at the beach. A convenient suggestion is to use a moisturizer or foundation
with a built-in sunscreen everyday.
2. Use a
mild cleanser as opposed to soap, which can strip your skin of the
essential oils it needs.
you may not be as thirsty as during the summer, continue to drink
lots of water to provide the necessary hydration to your skin.
4. Avoid products
with high alcohol content, heavy perfumes or other additives that
can irritate your sensitive, dry skin.
the cold weather, you might want to try using a thicker, richer moisturizer,
two to three times per day, to help your skin to adequately replenish
the moisture it loses.
exfoliate your skin to remove the dead surface skin cells than can
form due to excessive dryness.
your lips are also part of the skin on your face so use a soothing
lip balm or moisturizing lipstick, preferably with a sunscreen.
8. Try to
keep an anti-itch cream on hand to apply to excessively dry patches
that occur despite taking the above suggestions, so that you can moisturize
these tender areas to avoid scratching and prevent infection.
a few common sense winter skin care precautions, you can be as happy
and beautiful in the winter as you are during the summer.
The Author: Ryan
Cote is the owner of ChinaDollSkin.com, a website offering a spa-quality,
natural skin care product line that will make your skin as smooth
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