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8 Ways to fight Dry Skin in the Winter

Have you ever noticed that during Winter your skin may seems more dry than usual? Although the dryness probably affects many areas of your body, you may notice it the most in your hands and face.

Here are some basic steps you can take to fight dry winter skin, although most of these tips are still good for any time of year.

Moisturize the Air
During Winter, the air can get very dry. It's good to have normal moisture levels which are 40%-50%, inside your home. To achieve this, you could purchase a humidifier the blows moisture into the air. Another way is to have more plants around the house. To measure the humidity in the air, all you need is a hygrometer that can be purchased for a few dollars. Some thermometers even include the humidity level.

Avoid Hot Showers
To prevent the skin from drying out even more, make sure to wash yourself in lukewarm or warm water. A hot shower robs your skin of its natural oils. This is what happens when you sit in a jacuzzi too long: Your fingertips start to look like prunes.

Gentle Cleansers Only
Avoid scented soaps or anti-bacterial soaps. There's no need to use the harsh products on your entire body because it dries out your skin. If you do use that stuff, only use it in areas that really need it, like your armpits for example. A gentle, unscented soap, like Dove or Neutrogena is perfect.

Gentle Exfoliation
On a normal schedule, you should exfoliate the skin in preparation for new skin cells. You really don't want anything too rough because the last thing you want is to scratch or irritate your skin. A gentle scrub could perfect for the soft skin on your face, while a lava rock might work best for the bottoms of your feet.

After you've exfoliated, it's time to moisturize. A thick, oil-based moisturizer will generally work the best and last the longest. Everyone has different skin, so you may find that certain moisturizers work better for you than others. For severely dry skin, you may have to resort to Vaseline or baby oil.

Avoid the Winter Sun
We already know that the sun dries out your skin and ages you, so this one should be obvious. In the Winter you still get sunburned, but you just don't realize it until it's already happened. Use suntan lotion all the time. The higher the SPF, the better.

Another obvious tip. Make sure you're drinking lots of water on a regular basis. Cut back on alcohol and caffeine so you can actually hold the water.

Healthy Diet
If you're already following the Mr. Healthy Diet, you should be just fine. Vitamins A, C and E are especially good for the skin. Your skin also needs Omega-3 which helps it stay in top shape for retaining moisture. To get Omega-3, you could purchase supplements or eat salmon, tuna, walnuts, flax, and blueberries.

If you still suffer from dry skin after following all of this awesome advice, be sure to see a dermatologist.

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