Winter weather leaves skin flaky, red, and rough, but making a few changes in your daily skin regimen can help soothe dry skin.

Limit Your Bath Time

When taking a bath or shower, keep it short – like five or 10 minutes short. Hot water strips the essential oils from your skin, drying out your skin.

Shop for Soap Wisely

Choose only unscented, soap-free, or mild soap cleaners. These will be the least likely to offend the skin.

Apply Moisturizer ASAP

Pat your skin dry and then apply moisturizer after you pop out of the shower. You’re on the clock: Skin is more welcoming to lotions applied within 3-5 minutes after washing. (Scan the labels of moisturizers for certain key ingredients namely ceramides, or synthetic ceramides and/or dimethicone, glycerin. Hyaluronic acid also helps keep water in. Lanolin, mineral, and petroleum jelly are other ingredients that help skin hold on to the water.)

Don’t Skimp on Sunscreen

Don’t let the cold air fool you. Regardless of the temperature or time of year, the sun emits ultraviolet rays that can cause premature aging. Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher on all exposed parts of your body.

Add Some Indoor Moisture

Plug in a humidifier at your home and office to keep skin hydrated during winter months.

Fortify Your Diet

Drink plenty of water and eat foods rich in Omega-3. Essential fatty acids (EFA) can be found in cold-water fish like salmon and halibut, flax, walnuts, and safflower oil. EFAs helps fortify skin’s natural oil-retaining barriers.

If you feel that your skin is itchy or inflamed, apply a cool compress or an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream on the area for a few days. If your wintery dry skin gets worse or does not seem to heal, see your dermatologist for advice.

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