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Winter Skin: Prevent the Dryness

By Brandi Goodman 

Winter has barely begun in many locations. The brunt of it is yet to come, with January and February being some of the coldest months of the year. Your skin tends to dry out in the winter season. Prevent this from happening by considering a few tips.

Drink Water Daily

Getting enough water is a major bonus for your skin. You need to keep your body fully hydrated if you want your skin to look hydrated, smooth, and wrinkle-free. Drink water daily and be sure to get at least 8 cups in if you want to keep your skin looking good.

Use a Thick Moisturizer

A thin moisturizer that slides right off the skin isn't strong enough to protect as needed. You need to use a thick moisturizer that goes on well. It will help to get rid of dead skin cells as well as lock in the barrier layer of moisturizer to protect your skin from irritants.

Choose Gentle Cleansers

Many of the body washes and soaps we use are harsh on the skin. Look for gentle cleansers that won't be so rough on the body. Fragrance-free options are usually advised because there won't be harsh ingredients that can cause damage or irritation. 

Wear Sunscreen

You may not think you need sunscreen in the winter months because it's cold. It's not the heat that requires the use, however. You still need to wear sunscreen because the sun is shining. You may not feel it well, but it's still emitting harmful rays that can cause damage. Wear sunscreen anytime you're outside and be sure you're putting it on any exposed areas, including your face.

See a Dermatologist

Times will arise when regular maintenance won't be enough. If you find yourself dealing with cracked skin or severe redness and itching then it's best to see a dermatologist. You may have an underlying condition or could require the use of antibiotics to heal. Getting skin conditions checked out promptly can ensure your skin stays as healthy as possible in the long run. 

Prevent the dryness of winter skin with these tips in mind. There's plenty you can do to help your skin stay supple and smooth even as the harsh air tries to take its toll. Maintain your overall health for an even better chance at improving the health of your skin.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Arnold, Mo.

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