Winter Skin Savers

Summer isn’t the only season that damages your skin. Sun exposure and its link to skin cancer are real concern. But cool weather can also wreak havoc on otherwise healthy skin.

Cooler months bring loss of humidity and cold air that can have very negative effects on the skin. (Plus, it makes me itch!) So what can you do to save your skin?

Use a mild soap. Experts recommend washing with a mild soap like Cetaphil. Long, hot showers can further irritate the skin, so take only one shower a day, and keep it short, around three to five minutes. Don’t lather too much or scrub too hard. Scrubbing removes skin’s natural oils.

Keep your skin moisturized. Moisturizing after a shower is a good idea. If you apply lotion while still damp, it will help to lock in the moisture. Try a lotion that contains the ingredient urea. Urea is a water-grabbing ingredient that draws water from the lower layers of skin to the upper layers where it is most needed.

You can add moisture to your air by using humidifiers, placing pans of water over radiators and adopting houseplants that transpire water into the air. Do your best to take care of your skin. After all, it has to last you a lifetime!