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How To Care For Your Skin In Winter

Posted by on Friday, February 5, 2010, 17:15
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Just as nature slows during autumn’s passage into winter and comes alive again during the spring and summer, the skin reflects this cyclical pattern. Taking the seasons into consideration as part of your skin care program is important to maintain a truly effective routine.

Depending on where you live, winter can be an extreme season with cold wind, rain, and snow. Harsh weather can cause your skin to become dry, flaky, rough, chapped and irritated. Small capillaries on the face can be damaged showing up as tiny, red, spidery lines.

Sebaceous glands are slowed down by the cold and produce less oil, so the skin is less protected and does not retain moisture as efficiently. Most skin is affected by the wintry elements but sensitive, dry and mature skins are particularly susceptible.

In the winter, your skin is exposed to the low temperatures and dry air outdoors, combined with warm indoor air that is artificially heated. Both of these conditions dry the skin, and the effect is made worse by going in and out, exposing the skin to both temperature extremes.

Though winter conditions cannot be avoided, your skin care routine can help to counteract them. During the winter months, use gentle cleansers and moisturize well. If you are going to be directly exposed to the wind or snow or extreme cold, use a heavier, “richer” moisturizer than usual.

Be sure to include an eye cream. Wearing a sunblock of SPF 15 is still necessary because UV damage is always a risk. Avoid saunas and steam rooms because they cause the skin to lose valuable moisture. Stay away from tanning booths too they damage the skin.

The skin should be protected with clothing such as hats, scarves, and gloves during the winter, and whenever your hands are exposed to water, apply hand cream. Keep the skin away from extreme hot and cold water temperatures, and protect the lips often with a lip balm.

Avoid licking your lips it causes chapping. Drink plenty of water to keep the skin moisturized from within. Take fewer or shorter baths and showers and moisturize the entire body afterwards. Use humidifiers in artificially heated rooms to put moisture back in the air.

Wintertime may increase your need for dietary oil. Canola, flax seed, olive, and sunflower are particularly good. Exfoliation is still important during the winter but care must be taken. If the skin is irritated from the weather, exfoliation may cause further irritation.

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