Between the drier air, heat from furnaces and fire places and the layers of clothing, winter is the time we all get dry skin. I'm not just talking put a little lotion on it and it'll be fine. I'm talking digging at it in your sleep- if you even can sleep- DRY! Never fear, I am here to rescue you with some of the best dry-skin helps you can find!
1. Hydrate from within. Drinking more water than usual in the winter will not only help to rehydrate your skin, it helps with those tickles in your throat and it is like a shower for your insides helping your body process all of those comfort foods and flushing them out.
2. Hydrate the air. Run a humidifier or put some water on to simmer. If you have a wood-burning stove, placing a pot of water on top of it will help replace some of the moisture in the air. A bonus to this is that moist air is healthier air. Allergens have a harder time circulating in moist air and are less likely to irritate your sinuses and skin.
3. My Favorite Tip! Before you get out of the shower, rinse a little bit of cheap conditioner over your body. Do not rinse it all off. When you dry off, pat yourself dry to avoid over-drying and put on a good lotion or body cream right away. Your skin will start losing moisture within 3 minutes of getting out of the shower.
4. Speaking of the shower... shorten your shower and turn the heat down. Hot water only enhances the drying effects of water on the skin and after about 15 minutes, any temperature water will be removing too much of the natural oils your skin needs to hold in moisture.
5. My favorite products for dry skin include good old petroleum jelly, Aquaphor, Avon Intensive Moisture Therapy and Suave lotion for extremely dry skin. Lotions with glycerin are particularly effective.
A BIG Happy Birthday to my nephew Jarrett!!! You can stop growing taller now so you don't tower over me. Okay? Thanks! :o)
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