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Cold-Weather Skincare

Cold-Weather Skincare

By Kevin Cleary

It’s that time of year when old man winter bears down on us and makes us shiver in our boots and crave a nice cup of hot chocolate. Along with cold temperatures, winter brings lower humidity and biting winds that can wreak havoc on our body’s largest organ. Our skin is especially susceptible to cold dry winter weather and can make us miserable and uncomfortable. One way to deal with this malady is to complain about it but that’s not really constructive, is it? Knowing how to minimize the effects of cold weather on your skin can expedite relief until we see a return of warm weather.

 Cold-Weather Skincare

Beating Mother Nature

Everyone says you can’t beat Mother Nature, but that doesn’t mean you can’t minimize the effects on you. There are a few tips you can follow that can minimize winters cold dry effects on your skin. Our skin can be affected by the lack of humidity in the air as a result of heat in our homes as well as low humidity in the air outdoors. This can lead to dry flaky skin that itches and can even crack or split. How do we combat this? Webmd.com offers these tips:

  • Take Shorter Cooler Showers: Warm hot showers may feel good but they dehydrate the skin by removing the skins natural oils. When finished you should pat dry your skin, not rub it.
  • Mild Soaps: Unscented or lightly scented soaps are better than your antibacterial or deodorant soap since the latter strip more of your skin’s natural oils.
  • Moisturize: This is a great way to prevent dry, chapped skin. Even if your skin is oily it is a good idea to moisturize as you step from the shower or bath.
  • Shaving Care: Our skin can become irritated when we shave, especially when it is dry and chapped. Make sure you use a lubricant (shaving cream), change your blade frequently, and shave in the direction your hair is growing.
  • Sunscreen: Since 80% of the sun’s UV rays can penetrate clouds, snow, and fog you should still apply sunscreen during the winter. This can prevent over time wrinkles, molds, and skin cancers.
  • Lip Care: Our lips don’t have oil glands so they can dry out easily and become chapped. The American Academy of dermatology suggests you don’t lick your lips, cover them up, increase moisture, and use lip balm.

These steps should keep your skin happy and healthy through the dry months of winter until we can enjoy springs moist warm-up.

Humidity Is Our Friend

One of the biggest reasons winter wreaks havoc on our skin is the lack of humidity in the air around us. By increasing the amount of humidity in our homes, we can help our skin absorb this moisture and help prevent dry itchy skin. The Honeywell Quick Stream Warm Moisture Humidifier provides 95% bacteria free comforting moisture up to three times faster than some humidifiers. They can handle a room up to 1050 ft.². Many units kill germs before the water is turned into humidity in our air. The Kaz Vicks Germ Free Humidifier eliminates 99.999% of bacteria, mold, fungus, and virus in the water it uses and is great for medium to large sized rooms. Not only can these humidifiers add moisture to the air, but they can add a little ambience to our home. The Tribest Humio Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier and Night Lamp With Aroma Oil Compartment adds moisture to dry, heated air while adding soft lighting to dark rooms. It’s soothing light effects change from red, blue, and green while using less power than a light bulb. Feel free to bring summer’s moist air into your home during winter!!

Moisturize Yourself!!

By using a skin moisturizer, you can replace some of the natural oils that your skin can be stripped of during winter. Using a moisturizer such as the Coloplast Sween 24 Superior Moisturizing Skin Protectant Cream can help prevent and temporarily protect dry chapped skin and lips. It is fragrance free and is easily absorbed into the skin and can eliminate the need for multiple applications. Daily moisturizing regiments can use the Gold Bond Ultimate Rough and Bumpy Skin Daily Therapy Cream . It has a proven 2-in-1 formula that has eight extensive moisturizers to make your skin become softer and smoother. For areas of your body that might have bony prominences the Medline Soothe and Cool Skin Cream offers natural aloe and vitamin E to help your skin when everyday lotion is not enough. It is available in both scented and unscented tubes and does not leave a greasy residue. Very dry, rough skin can benefit from Eucerin Intensive Repair Dry Skin Lotion and its dermatologist recommended patented formula of buffered alpha hydroxy and special moisturizing ingredients. It gently exfoliates while intensively moisturizing your skin to protect yourself from winters destructive effects. One way to improve skin hydration by 50% in 14 days is the Natralia Dry Skin Lotion. It uses 2% Xeradin for a high and immediate moisturizing effect.

Don’t Forget Your Lips!!

Sometimes we forget that our lips can get dried out just as our skin can. We’ve all had chapped lips at one time or another. Try keeping your lips moisturized with Kiss My Face SPF 30 Sport Mint Lip Treat Balm. It is water resistant while soothing and protecting naturally since it is free from parabens, artificial flavors and fragrances. For everyone in the house the Safetec Lip Balm is available in 0.5 g pouches for individual use and has a wonderful pomegranate flavor. It naturally moisturizes your lips with vitamin E and beeswax and other natural emollients that can be applied as needed. Using a lip balm that is made of all-natural oils, such as the Medline Remedy Phytoplex Lip Balm , will leave lips feeling less greasy. It has flavor crystals that release citrus flavor and cooling menthol lactate to soothe and refresh your lips. Another way to protect your lips from the effects of wind and cold weather is the Blistex Medicated Lip Balm. It has three long-lasting protectants that seal in moisture and prevent drying of lip tissue. Be defiant… you can beat Mother Nature!! Take steps to protect your skin and you can enjoy the winter wonderland outside your home.