5 tips to keep your skin healthy during winter


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Baby, it’s (getting) cold outside. While the cool weather makes you address the obvious – warmer clothes, boots – maybe even a hat and mitts, what else are you doing for your skin? The dropping temps and blowing wind wreak havoc on our body’s biggest organ and first line of defense – our skin.

Here are 5 tips to prepare your skin and keep it healthy during the winter months:

  1. Exfoliate! Dry skin and the sluggish turnover of cells can make your skin look dull; enhance the look of fine lines and make you feel dry, itchy and irritated. Think of using a gentle face and body scrub or cloth, mitt or tool that helps loosen and remove those dead, flaky skin cells quicker, leaving you with glowing fresh skin and a less itchy bod. prevention, skincare, winter, cold weather, dry skin, moisturize, aging
  2. Amp up the Moisturizer. You may need to use your moisturizer more often throughout the day and possibly a heavier lotion at night. Apply while your skin is still damp and apply liberally. A heavier moisturizer on your face at night will help heal and repair the damage done by cold weather during the day. prevention, skincare, winter, cold weather, dry skin, moisturize, aging
  3. Sunscreen! Even in the dead of winter we need to protect exposed skin from those harmful rays. It gets especially tricky with the reflection off of snow and ice. Make sunscreen a regular part of your routine yearlong.
  4. Cover Up. Protect your exposed skin from the cold and wind with hats, scarves and mitts. Nothing gives away our age as much as our hands, which often bear the brunt of harsh climates. Moisturize, sunscreen and cover up hands, ears and necks. If you spend much time outdoors during the winter, consider a protective cream to prevent the exposed skin from chapping.texting gloves
  5. Avoid the Shower Scald. Most of us can’t wait to hop into a steaming hot shower on a cold winter morning or after an outdoor winter workout. BUT we do more damage than good with that hot water. It strips the body’s natural oils that help protect and moisturize the skin. Without that our skin is immediately drier, itchier, flakier and possibly compromised. Keep the shower temps warm but not hot.  shutterstock_245687524
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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."


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