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How to Winterize Your Skin

By Donna Stark

The dreaded season is upon us. The season that requires winter weather protections to be added to our cars and homes, but are you doing the same for your body? If you live in an area of the country that throws more than a slight chill in your direction, you may want to keep reading for the sake of your skin. Because if you don't, that winter weather will take its toll and you may end up with rough, dry, irritated skin by the time it is over.

Winterizing Your Skin

Clearly, your skin covers everything, but more importantly, it acts as a barrier between the outside environment and your precious insides. So you can see why it is so important to keep it healthy. Here are some tips you can follow to help you get through this upcoming cold season.

  • Use sunscreen - Don't make the mistake of thinking that sunscreen is only to be used during those hot, hazy days of summer. Winter can be just as dangerous, especially if there is snow on the ground and you are involved in outdoor activities. Did you know that snow can reflect up to 80% of the sun's UV light? That's something to remember when heading outdoors, so keep a bottle of sunscreen with you at all times!
  • Wear the right clothes - Just like in summer, the best way to protect your skin is to cover up and fortunately, that is easier to do when the temperatures fall in the teens. Be sure to wear layers, stick to weather-proof clothes and shoes, and cover all exposed areas. This includes your head, ears, face, and fingertips!
  • Stock up - Don't enter the winter season without stocking up on moisturizing creams and lip balms. Creams are generally better to use than lotions because they are thicker and less irritating. Use them after you wash your hands and apply over your entire body after your showers. Lip balms should be used repeatedly throughout the day, so make sure you always have one nearby. Choose one with SPF if involved with outdoor activities.
  • Drink water - It's easy to push water to the side and choose a fancy hot coffee beverage when you are chilled to the bone, but that won't do your body any favors over time. Cold temperatures and dry, indoor heating can wreak havoc on your skin. So if you must, enjoy that cup of coffee, but don't forget to also drink an extra glass of water after doing so!

Protecting Your Skin

Don't let Jack Frost punish your skin! By following the tips above and staying on top of any new conditions, you can end the winter season with glowing, beautiful skin! Here's to feeling fresh and rejuvenated!

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