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Five Simple Steps to Winterize Your Skin
You might be surprised to know that winter weather can be as rough on your skin as the summer sun.
That’s because winter brings dry, cold air that can de-moisturize and chap your skin, as well as bring unsightly dead skin cells to the surface.
“We often save our strongest warnings for the summer months when the sun’s ultraviolet rays are at their peak and people tend to be outdoors more,” says Richard Price, MD, of Price Skin Care Clinic in Ridgeland, MS. “But winter weather can be unkind to skin as well, so it’s important to take steps to keep your skin healthy during this time of year.”
To that end, here are five simple steps to keep your skin ‘winterized’.
Keep Your Skin Hydrated
Whether you’re outdoors or indoors, the dry air can deplete your skin of moisture, so step number one is keeping your skin hydrated. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water each day and using a moisturizer on your face and body. Also remember to use an oil-based moisturizer which traps moisture and if you can, use a humidifier to add moisture to the air.
Protect Your Skin from Elements
To protect your skin from the harmful effects of the wind and cold, make sure to cover up when outdoors. Wear a hat to protect your scalp, a scarf to cover your face and gloves to protect your hands. And just because it’s not summer, don’t think that the sun’s ultraviolet rays can’t find you. Wear sunscreen too – especially while snow skiing.
Exfoliate Your Skin
Dry air can cause dead skin skills to pile up on the surface of your skin, making it feel rough and looking dull. To remove those dead skin cells, carefully exfoliate your skin several times a week so that the fresh skin underneath can breathe.
Rest Your Skin
Believe it or not, a great night’s sleep can lead to great-looking skin. Try to get 7-9 hours of sleep every night.
Nourish Your Skin
It’s always a good idea to eat healthily, but during the winter your skin needs extra nourishment for optimal health. So, make sure you’re eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats. It really is true: you are what you eat!
In conclusion, if you take care of your skin, your skin will take care of you. So be sure to follow these five simple steps to winterize your skin and keep it healthy!
If you have questions about your skin health or would like to schedule your annual skin screen exam, give us a call at: 601.992.3996.