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5 Easy Tips to Take Care of Dry Winter Skin

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Your skin is your body's first line of defense against the harsh elements of the outside world, and the elements get even harsher in the cold months of winter. For people who have extremely sensitive skin, the bitter winter weather can lead to uncomfortable and unsightly rashes. Thankfully, there are plenty of simple and easy ways to prevent dry winter skin. By following just five quick tips, you can fight off dry winter skin in just a few minutes each day.

1. Make Oil Your Best Friend

Oil is not an enemy to your complexion. While many of us try to avoid oil, certain products can be a miracle cure for almost any skin ailment, especially those of us plagued by dry winter skin. Oil not only adds essential oil to your stressed-out skin, but seals it in to keep it healthy long after you apply it. Of course, the problem area determines your course of action.

If your issue is all over skin dehydration, products like Avon's Original Skin So Soft bath oil or Jergen's After Shower Moisturizer hydrates skin while simultaneously creating a protective barrier to keep your skin healthy. It has a unique heritage oil blend that has been trusted for decades to keep skin supple, soft, and healthy. A quick spritz or a capful to a warm bath can do wonders to your beauty routine and the health and appearance of your skin. Provide extra nourishment by using a full collection of products designed just for the winter season, like Avon's Skin So Soft's Winter Soft Collection.

For dry patches on the face, try a more refined oil recommended by your dermatologist. Be careful not to pick up food-grade oils at the grocery store, because the wrong oil can cause inflamed pores or irritation. Don't forget go take the season into account when picking your beauty products, as your skin and its needs can differ greatly. Micellar cleansing water may be a more appropriate option for your morning wash them a harsh scrub or foam-based cleanser in the cold winter months.

Very hot or very cold showers can damage keratin and pose a threat to dry winter skin.

Very hot or very cold showers can damage keratin and pose a threat to dry winter skin.

2. Take Warm, Not Hot, Showers and Baths

Heat damages keratin, which is an essential protein that makes up your hair, skin, and nails.

It may be tempting to step into a steamy shower to combat the weather, but it can actually potentially damage skin and may lead to flaking, cracks, and even rashes if practiced on a regular basis. In fact, in addition to irritating dry skin, very hot water has been proven to worsen acne-prone skin. Instead, opt for as close to a lukewarm or warm shower as you can stand for your daily routine, and save the hot baths for a special treat.

Cold showers provide additional benefits. The cold water temporarily tightens blood vessels to tighten pores, decrease puffiness, and combat redness.

Your skin—and your utility bill—will thank you for it.

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3. Don't Forget About SPF

Even in the chilly days of winter, the sun can damage your skin. Not only does sun exposure increase your chances for cancer, but it can advance signs of aging and worsen already dry skin.

Make sure your daily moisturizer contains SPF and is approved by the Skin Cancer Foundation for Daily Use like Avon's Anew Skinvinsible Day Lotion with SPF 50.

4. Have a Skincare Routine and Use It

Your body works hard to keep itself in balance. Using products that strip skin of its natural oils without replenishing moisture often causes your body to make twice as much oil, while using too much without cleansing doesn't allow your skin to produce its own. Develop a routine based on your skincare needs and follow it to maintain healthy skin year-round, making sure to adjust your skincare regimen as needed.

The most important elements of a skincare routine are a cleanser, toner, serum, and moisturizer.

Gloves can help protect your skin in cold winter months.

Gloves can help protect your skin in cold winter months.

5. Provide an Extra Layer of Protection

One of the easiest, most effective ways to ensure soft, supple skin is to protect it from the elements. Gloves not only keep hands warm but limit sun exposure when worn outdoors. Another great time to protect your skin is during your sleep. Sleep gives your body a chance to heal with the least effort on your part. While wearing socks and gloves to bed while slathered with lotion may not be appealing to everyone, Avon's cult classic Silicone Glove is also effective in maintaining moisture overnight.

Even if you stay indoors most of the day or live in a moderate climate, heating and cooling systems can cause extra stress on your skin. If this is the case, using a facial mask overnight can help

Do you suffer from dry skin in the winter time or have any tips I didn't mention here? Have these tips helped you? Comment below to let me know!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2017 Dani Merrier

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