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10 Tips for Healthy Winter Skin

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By    |   Monday, 13 January 2020 11:25 AM

Winter is a great time of the year for feeling toasty and warm, wrapped up in a blanket by the fireplace. But frigid temperatures, low humidity, and furnace-blasted dry air can leave your skin feeling itchy, red, and irritated.

"With each change of season, it is important to consider how the new weather will affect your skin," Dr. Kenneth Beer, M.D., Clinical Associate of Dermatology, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a board-certified dermatologist practicing in West Palm Beach, Florida, tells Newsmax. "Winter weather can leave your skin feeling raw, while indoor air zaps moisture from the air and from your skin. If you are taking medications to lower cholesterol, winter can be even tougher on your skin."

Here are 10 tips to keep your skin moist and supple:

  1. Invest in a home humidifier to maximize moisture. According to Everyday Health, using a humidifier in your home or office helps keep your skin moisturized and hydrated.
  2. Limit shower time. Avoid extra hot baths or showers and limit your time in the tub to 5-10 minutes. The same goes for washing your hands. Use lukewarm water to avoid irritating your skin.
  3. Apply your moisturizer within three minutes of toweling off after a shower. That's the advice from Dr. Anthony Youn, M.D., a leading holistic cosmetic surgeon and author of "The Age Fix." "This locks in the moisture and keeps your skin from getting dry and itchy," he tells Newsmax. Note that hand moisturizing products can withstand a couple of hand washings, unlike body moisturizers, which wash off more quickly.
  4. Apply vitamin E oil to your body after you shower to retain moisture and rejuvenate the skin.
  5. Use an oil-based moisturizer. Ointments or heavy creams seal water into the skin and preserve moisture better when the humidity is low.
  6. Avoid deodorant bars, antibacterial soaps, perfumed soaps, and skin care products containing alcohol, which can dry and irritate. Stick to fragrance-free products, says Everyday Health.
  7. Slather on sunscreen. Even though it's winter, apply a moisturizing, broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to any exposed area of the skin. Sunscreen protects against the sun's harmful UV rays and helps maintain moisture in the skin, says Youn.
  8. Dandruff seems to flare up exponentially during the winter months. Dandruff flakes appear when skin cells on the scalp rapidly reproduce and peel off. The flakes are often accompanied by itching and may appear on your nose, eyebrows, ears, armpits, and groin—not just on your scalp. Switch to an over-the-counter dandruff shampoo, and if the situation becomes severe and bothersome, ask your doctor for a prescription shampoo. You may also need a corticosteroid or antifungal medication. Your best bet is to see a dermatologist if the dandruff has become embarrassing and uncontrollable, says Beer.
  9. Rosacea can also be exacerbated by the cold, dry temperature. Rosacea causes small blood vessels in your face, scalp, neck, and ears to swell, making the skin look flushed. While rosacea never goes away, you can fight the inflammation with prescription antibiotic or retinoid creams and light therapy. Before braving the cold, protect your face with a soft scarf and use a soothing cream to create a barrier on your skin to help reduce dryness, roughness, and discomfort.
  10. Eczema risks increase with low temperatures and low humidity levels. If you are prone to eczema flare-ups, the skin on your palms can look like severe dishpan hands during the winter months complete with dryness, blistering, and cracking. Moisturize your hands and slip on gloves before heading outdoors. Make sure you remove the gloves if you become overheated because sweating can make the itching worse. A widely available product called Aquaphor is a great healing ointment and works wonders for dry, cracking skin.

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