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Managing Dry Skin During Winter

As Christmas rolls around, along with it comes to the harsh winds and freezing temperatures associated with winter.  The difference between switching from cold weather to harsh central heating can cause skin irritation and redness.

Here are a few tips to help keep skin soft and comfortable during the cold season.

Take showers in warm water

Water that is hotter than ‘slightly warm’ tends to strip your skin of natural oils needed to keep the skin safe from grating conditions and so your skin loses its natural defence against dryness and begins to flake.

Moisturise

Moisturising creates another protective layer which prevents the skin from dryness; it also boosts hydration of the skin which causes more elasticity and therefore fewer wrinkles.

The best time for moisturising is after a shower, once you have dried your skin after patting with a towel (not rubbing). This is because it allows moisture from the water to stay within the pores. (binghammemorial.org)

Choosing the right moisturiser

A lot of lotions nowadays are not actually moisturising, and so the American Association of Dermatology suggests using creams or ointments instead because they tend to be ‘more effective and less irritating’. (AAD)

Similarly, applying non-irritating and hydrating lip-balm or cosmetics to your lips can prevent them from cracking in the cold.

Use a humidifier

If your skin is particularly dry, it would be useful to buy or use a humidifier to increase the moisture in the air. (AAD)

But if it’s only your face that is particularly dried out, steaming your face over a bowl with hot water and a towel over your head would be just as effective. Remember to moisturise afterwards!

 

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