If your skin has been feeling dry lately, you’re not alone. Cold weather, harsh winds and dry indoor heat all work together to dehydrate our skin during the winter months. The result?  Skin that is chapped, dry and cracked. Legs and arms are most vulnerable as they lack a sufficient amount of sebaceous oil glands. Hands, nails and cuticles also suffer at this time of the year. If you are prone to conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, the cold weather can aggravate them as well.

Following are some tips to help combat dry skin:

Invest in a humidifier to maximize moisture

Humidifiers help alleviate dry skin, chapped lips and other cold weather conditions. Put one in your bedroom and let a humidifier do its work as you sleep!  The higher the heat indoors, the less the humidity will be, so keep one running to restore the moisture in the air.

Limit shower time and lower temperature

Long, hot showers may seem like such a treat in the winter however they rob the skin of its moisture. Choose a moderate temperature setting and take a shorter shower to help alleviate that.  Exfoliating in the shower also helps remove dry skin cells.

Moisturize frequently, especially your hands

Lotions should be at an arms length during the winter months.  After a shower, lotion should be applied immediately to help lock in the moisture.  Hands are often overlooked and left uncovered when out in the cold so be sure to continually apply moisturizer throughout the day.  Cuticle oil applied at night offers relief to dry, cracked cuticles and nails.

Hydrating skin care

To really turn on they hydration for the winter, facials help restore much needed moisture to complexions.  HydraFacials immediately replenish the skin along with many other benefits such as minimizing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and brown sun spots.  Skin tone is brightened for an instantly gratifying glow.

Apply sunscreen every day, even on gray winter days

Although UVB rays are not as strong in the winter, UVA rays (which are more damaging) are just as strong all year round.  Sunscreen often gets overlooked in the winter and leaves the skin unprotected.  UVA rays are able to penetrate glass, affecting drivers on one side of the face more than the other. This lack of protection can lead to skin cancer, brown spots, wrinkles and frown lines.

Beauty from the inside out

In addition to the tips listed above, you still need a healthy diet to keep your skin supple and hydrated.  Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, eat foods that are high in omega fatty acids and low in fat for optimal results.

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