Winter Skin Care – Six Simple Steps

Winter Skin Care – Six Simple Steps

Everyone likes beautiful skin, do not they? Dry and chapped skin can be a thing of the past and can be avoided, if you follow a few simple steps.

With winter on its way special skin care considerations are in order. Putting the moisture back in and keeping it there is of prime importance during the winter months. Keeping the moisture in your skin will reduce the harmful damage effects of the drying winter winds.

Here are Six ways you can help keep your skin hydrated this winter:

1. Drink plenty of water. Hydrate your skin from the inside. Good ole H2O will replace moisture loss. Drink eight – 250ml (one cup) glasses of water per day to prevent dryness.

2. Choose mild soap and cleansers. Harsh soaps will strip the natural oils from your skin. Stick to milder cleansers. Choose the best soap or cleanser for your skin type. During dryer parts of the year switching to a less stringent cleanser is a consideration. If you are currently using a cleanser for an oily skin considering changing to a dry skin cleanser if you suffer from dry skin during the winter months.

3. Take short, warm showers. Long hot showers pull the natural oils from your skin leaving it dehydrated. As an added bonus taking shorter warm showers will help reduce your electricity bill.

4. Moisturize after your shower, and moisturize while your skin is still damp. This will 'lock in' the moisture that is on your skin preventing it from evaporating and also the moisturizer will provide additional hydration for your skin. It is important to use a moisturizer appropriate for your skin type. Elbows, knees, heels or other problem areas should receive special treatment to provide additional relief.

5. Invest in a humidifier. Generally dry winter conditions combined with central heating does double duty pulling the moisture from the air and, likewise, from your skin. The humidifier will keep more moisture in the air and thenby slow the natural daily moisture loss of your skin.

6. Do not forget your sunscreen. A sunblock with a minimum SPF 15 is beneficial to protect yourself from the sun's UVA UVB rays. Use a sunblock all year round, not just in the summer time. And do not forget your lips. Use a SPF 15 on your lips to prevent chapped lips.

Invest in the future, protect your skin. You deserve it!

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