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Winter Skin Care
Protect Your Skin from the Ravages
from Seasonal Changes

Proper winter skin care protects the skin against the effects of seasonal weather changes.

  Winter Skin Care
The winter months can suck all the moisture out of the skin leaving red, raw, infection prone dry skin.

Use the skin care treatments and facial care strategies to keep your skin healthy and vibrant all year long.

Facial skin ravaged by exposure to the elements, especially during the winter months, can exhibit symptoms that require proactive winter skin care.

These symptoms can include:
  • Dry Skin
  • Flaking
  • Itching
  • Peeling
  • Cracking
  • Sore, scaly patches

Taking a proactive approach to caring for your skin during these months will help you avoid the worst impact that winter can have on your skin.

First and foremost, your best defense for winter skin care is protection!

Even during the winter months, you absolutely need to continue to apply SPF 15 or greater sunscreen every morning, especially when spending time outside.

You might think the sun's effects are diminished during the winter months, nothing could be farther from the truth.

The reflection of the sun off snow and ice can be particularly damaging. Wearing a scarf that can be easily pulled up to protect the cheeks and bottom portion of your face is also a helpful preventative measure to limit the skin's exposure to the elements.

Whether you choose to use a chemical exfoliant such as an AHA product like glycolic acid or a mechanical means such as a microdermabrasion treatment or facial scrub; incorporating a means of exfoliation into your routine at least a few times a week can dramatically improve dry skin.

A weekly facial peel is also beneficial for overexposed, dry skin.

And for heavens sakes, don't use any type of astringents or soap. They will only dry out the skin more. Instead, try using a super rich cleanser such as one with a soy or oatmeal ingredient to give your skin a conditioning treatment as you cleanse with a gentle skin care brush like the Clarisonic.

Maintaining the skin's moisture content during the winter months is critical for effective winter skin care.

The skin is typically well hydrated after a warm shower or better yet, give your skin a weekly steaming facial. Immediately seal in the moisture with a skin cream rich in emollients. Even a simple natural nut moisturizer oil provides the skin with essential nutrients and vitamins to keep it healthy.

Moisturizers keep the skin conditioned while offering protection against the harsh effects of the cold. The drier the skin becomes, the more frequently a moisturizer should be applied.

To treat any of those very dry, scaly patches that might develop, use a petroleum based product on the affected areas before bed.

Believe it or not, plain old Vaseline works wonders on stubborn dry, cracked, and flaking skin.

Unfortunately, most people cringe at the idea of using Vaseline on their face, thinking that it will clog pores and, in general, have a negative effect on the skin.

In a word- untrue!
Finally, for those irritating patches of skin that persistently plague you despite your best efforts, an over-the-counter antibiotic ointment has significant healing effects on skin that is cracked, sore and therefore prone to infection.

For the extremely dry, flaking and itchy spots an OTC hydrocortisone cream can also provide relief from both the itching while diminishing dry, flaking symptoms.

Please bear in mind that if your condition persists, it is best to consult with a Physician to find the best remedy for your particular skin condition.

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