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Dry Skin? Don’t Let Winter Win


Dry winter air can cause your skin to crack, chafe, itch and develop dry patches, but there are a number of things you can do to protect your skin, says Jeff Moore, an instructor of pharmaceutics at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

“During cold spells, your skin is constantly bombarded, dried out and increasingly susceptible to infection, “Moore said in a university news release, Health Day reported.

He offered a number of winter skincare tips:


- Drink six to eight glasses of water a day, because when we’re properly hydrated, our skin lubricates itself from the inside.


- Don’t take long, hot showers. Instead, take shorter, warm showers. The steam and heat associated with long, hot showers can draw out moisture on the skin and cause dryness.


- Use lotions and creams to create a barrier that protects your skin against dryness. For best results, apply a product with ingredients such as shea butter and petrolatum immediately after a shower or bath, when your skin is still moist.


- Exfoliate regularly. This not only removes rough dry patches, but also promotes new cell growth and enhances the absorption of skincare products.

Apply a moisturizer after exfoliating so that moisture brought to the surface does not immediately evaporate.

- Don’t use harsh soaps or cleansers, which contain preservatives, fragrances and lye that can irritate skin. Instead, use products that contain glycerin, which traps and maintains moisture.


- Use a humidifier to counter the dry air created by furnaces and other heating devices. A humidifier in the bedroom can help combat dry skin.

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