One of the advantages of living in the southern part of the
USA is that winter is really a mild condition. No snow,
but still the air is cold and dry. After you have lived in the
south for a few years, your body becomes acclimated and winter
skin is indeed a problem.
Dry Winter Skin: How to Deal with it
By Katrina Price
Your skin in winter can become dry to the point of being
painful. I myself began feeling the effects of the cooler
weather in early October. My lips became tender and chapped,
and I had to switch to a different formula of daily facial
cleanser because the exfoliating beads in my current cleanser
were irritating my skin. I’ll have to limit my daily
exfoliation to just twice a week. Also my hands and feet
became very dry.
Indoors you’re subjected to dry heat and outdoors you’re
bombarded with harsh winter UV rays from the sun and chilling
winds. Yes, the sun’s rays are still just as dangerous as in
summer and they will reflect off any snowy surfaces, bouncing
the rays right back on to you. You’re going to need a good
facial moisturizer with SPF in it.
Here are some more tips to help you combat dry winter
Use a lip balm (preferably with SPF) and do not lick your lips
under any circumstances. That just makes it worse. Keep your
hands moisturized with a good quality hand cream.
Drink plenty of water and limit your alcohol intake. Alcohol
is a dehydrator.
Buy a humidifier if you don’t already
have one. It may help keep your heating bills down as well. You
know, the whole heat and humidity thing. Think Amazon
Use a shower filter. It will filter out the skin-drying
chlorine in your tap water. Avoid hot water even though it
feels good on a cold winter morning. It will only strip your
skin of its natural oils and cause water to evaporate more
quickly. Also, it pays to switch from soap which can dry the
skin, to a silky body wash which will help your skin retain
moisture. Pat your skin dry when exiting the shower, don’t rub.
Apply a nice moisturizer to help seal in moisture.
When the humidity drops to 50 percent or less, you will need
to pay even more attention to your moisturization routine. Stay
away from harsh scrubs or cleansers since they will eliminate
most of the skin’s oils and dry your skin out more easily. This
applies to skin care products as well as cleaning products.
My favorite winter skin care tip is before you go to bed,
apply a thick, rich moisturizer to your feet, concentrating on
the heel area. Then put on a nice cushy pair of socks. When you
wake up your feet will be soft and smooth and
Not paying attention to extremely dry skin can lead to
health issues and act as a welcome mat for rashes and skin
infections. So take good care of your skin and enjoy your
Katrina Price is a skin care consultant and the owner of
and it’s accompanying blog, skincareteacher.blogspot.com
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