Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Winterizing Your Skin

Winter is just around the corner, and while we often winterize our wardrobes, our houses, and our cars, we also need to winterize our skin. Cold temperatures outside combined with warm, dry air inside cause skin to dry out, crack, itch, and all sort of other wonderful things. Here are some ways to combat seasonal-affected skin disorders:

Avoid dehydration. Find a good body lotion and facial moisturizer and use them often. Generously lather them on to skin after showering, before bed, or any time you’re feeling a little dried out.

If you have itchy skin, try a lotion that contains colloidal oatmeal. This will help sooth the skin and stifle the itch. Aveeno has a great lotion that cools on contact, providing extra relief.

Be gentle. Use lukewarm (not hot) water when showering and replace that bar of soap with a moisturizing body wash. And forget the loofha or pouf—not only are they bacteria breeding groups, they can be too rough on your skin. Instead, go old school and use a wash cloth.

Use sun protection. Even though it’s winter, you still need to use an SPF every day. If you live in a snowy state, the reflective nature of snow will magnify the sun’s radiance, making sun protection even more important. Though you may equate it more with cheddar cheese and maple syrup than tanning and bikinis, Vermont has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the country.

Don’t forget about your lips. Cold winds cause chapping, so be sure to use a moisturizing lipgloss or balm. Better yet, use one that contains SPF for full protection.

Treat yourself. Even though it’s not sandal season, you should go in for a pedicure so you can have intensive work done to your heels and callouses.

Go out and enjoy the season, but don’t forget to take care of yourself and your skin!

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