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9 Tips to Save Your Skin in Winter

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Winter is still going strong despite the fact that it's already March. Continued cold weather means more dryness, cracking and irritation to our skin.

The problem isn’t just that the weather is cold but because it’s cold, we turn on the heat. Heat makes the skin dry regardless of whether it is from house heaters or hot showers.

Read the tips below to help get moisture back into your skin.

1) Humidify Your Space

Even if your home heater has a whole house humidifier, set up smaller humidifiers in your bedrooms. This will help deliver more moisture directly to you and your skin for the eight hours you are there sleeping.

2) Take Showers that are Less Hot

Take showers in warm, not hot, water and shorten the time you spend to only about 10 minutes. According to WebMD, intense heat of a hot shower or bath can break down the lipid barriers in the skin, which can lead to a loss of moisture.

3) Talk to a Dermatologist or Esthetician

There are many inexpensive products you can purchase from the drugstore that may do just as good a job as more expensive ones. Dermatologist can decide if you need any prescription products if you have excessively dry skin or are having rash.

Estheticians cannot prescribe medications but are very knowledgeable about a variety of skin products and how they might help you.

4) Moisturize Your Skin while it is Damp

Different types of moisturizers are needed to combat winter dryness, and absorb best if applied when your skin is damp, right after bathing. Look for an oil-based ointment or moisturizer instead of water-based ones for use in the winter.

According to GR Health, ointments by definition are 80 percent oil and 20 percent water, so offer the most protection to the skin.

Creams are the next best type of moisturizers to try because they are thicker, which is why they come in a jar. Lotions are the next choice. They are lighter and work well on areas that have hair. Many lotions labeled as "night creams" are oil-based.

In selecting a product for the face, be careful to choose one that will not clog your pores.

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