How To Prevent And Treat Dry Skin In Winter
Say goodbye to chapped, irritated skin! Read these tips for preventing and treating dry skin in winter
Proper moisturizing is one of the most important ways to treat dry skin in winter. Look for formulas that are oil-based as opposed to water-based, since the oil is what helps create a protective layer on your skin that will retain more moisture. Ingredients you should look for that help attract moisture to skin include sorbitol, glycerine and alpha-hydroxy acids. Some good over-the-counter moisturizers include Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion with SPF 15 and Aveeno Positively Radian Daily Moisturizer with SF 30. Just because it is winter does not mean that you should neglect using sunscreen, as the winter sun can be just as harsh, contributing to dry, chapped skin.
Be sure to drink lots of water as well. Not only does the water help keep your skin hydrated but it also will keep you looking younger. And do not neglect your hands and feet, which can also suffer from dry skin in winter. Your hands are exposed just as much as your face not to mention the fact that the skin on your hands is thinner, making it harder to keep them moist. The best way to protect them is to wear gloves when you go outside, and you can also slip on some lotion before putting on your gloves, in order to keep your hands moist.
Certain products that you use on your face could also be contributing to your dry skin in winter, meaning that you should refrain from using them until the warmer months roll around. Avoid harsh peels, masks, as well as toners and astringents that contain alcohol in them, which strip your skin of vital oils. Try to use cleansing oils or milks, hydrating masks and face washes, as well as alcohol-free toners. Or simply use the juice of a lemon or natural rose water, which works wonders for your skin and has excellent healing properties.
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