Thursday, November 4, 2010

Tips to Avoid Dry Winter Skin

Being a teacher I have recess duty in the afternoon. Going outside for fresh air can be invigorating here in Minnesota. But alas, winter is harsh on the skin. There is no getting around this fact. So here are some tips to do your best in protecting and treating your skin right.

1. Watch the temperature. Make sure that the water is not too hot for the shower. I know, a hot shower feels so good but warm is better for your skin. Hot water dries the skin by removing oils, thus making your skin scaly and prone to itching. Avoid spending too much time in the shower. Can you get in and out in 10 minutes or less?

2. Exfoliate. Keep your scrub downs to no more than twice a week. If you have sensitive skin, choose a scrub with soft, synthetic beads. A sponge or loofah works to slough dead skin cells too. You can make your own body scrubs.
3. Moisturize. Pat your skin dry instead of rubbing with your towel. Then apply a cream, lotion or oil to lock in moisture. I like to end my shower with a mug of water to which a teaspoon of jojaba oil or almond oil has been added. Since water is easily absorbed into the skin, the oil will penetrate into the skin more efficiently, making it soft and smooth.

It's hard to feel your best when dealing with dry skin, especially during harsh winter months but following these tips will help.

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Allison said...

The shower is the one I'm guilty of! I've been making a short playlist of one or two songs - then when it ends - OUT I go. No dawdling...

Carol said...

Allison, that's a great idea. I'll have to find some good "wake-up" songs!


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