Winter Skin Care Tips

Winter can be rough on your skin, use these tips to get through the season.

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While the summer sun can pose the danger of sun burns and skin cancer, the old weather can also take its toll on our skin. The cold weather can cause dryness, and heating your home can actually damage your skin as well, according to WedMD.
 
Eczema - or dry, inflamed and itchy skin - is especially prevalent during the winter months. Even if you aren’t affected by eczema, you can still suffer from some sort of dry or flaking skin during the winter.
 
Use these tips to help prevent your skin from getting irritated this winter, and be sure to consult a dermatologist beforehand:
 
Use Moisturizer
Winter weather conditions call for a moisturizer that differs from warmer weather. Oil-based moisturizers are recommended in the cold - but be careful as to which oils are in the product you’re using. Non-clogging oils should be used, these include avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil and almond oil.
 
Use Sunscreen
Just because it isn’t warm out does not mean you can’t get a sunburn. If you are exposed to the sun, you still run the risk of getting burned. And the glare from snow cover can strengthen the sun.
 
Use a Humidifier
The heat that fills your home in the winter is warm, dry air. It doesn’t matter what type of heat your home has, the air will always be dry. Humidifiers add moisture to the air, which will help prevent your skin from drying out.
 
Avoid Hot Water in the Shower
Lukewarm water is best on your skin in the cold weather. Using hot water in the bath and in the shower is better for your skin. Also, try to keep your showers and baths and short as possible.
 
Cover Up
When going outside in the cold, it is important to keep as much of your skin covered as possible. Exposed skin can lead to frostbite, which can potentially cause very serious harm to your skin.
 
[Source: WedMD]
 
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