We here at Odom Health & Wellness know the winter months are coming up. Cool air is already in the air, which means how you take care of your skin will have to be adjusted. Below are five tips for keeping your skin healthy and flawless during the winter months. More so, if you want to have our dermatologist take a look at your skin (and offer personalized recommendations and products), please click here to schedule an appointment.
- Moisture, Moisturize, Moisturize! The cool air will chap your skin. The best way to combat this is to find an “ointment” moisturizer that’s oil-based, rather than water-based, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion.
- Don’t forget to use sunscreen during the winter. Winter sun — combined with snow glare — can still damage your skin. Try applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face and your hands (if they’re exposed) about 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply frequently if you stay outside a long time.
- Remove wet gloves ASAP! Wet gloves can irritate the skin on your hands, causing hives and red rashes. If your gloves get soaked, remove them. Remember to keep an extra pair in your purse or car just in case you need to change out your gloves.
- Drink water! It sounds so simple but between coffee and soda, we forget to drink water. Water is the best way to clarify skin and keep it hydrated – plus, it benefits your waist line.
- Don’t soak in hot baths! Sitting in a hot bath for a long period of time will actually break down the lipid barriers in the skin, which can lead to a loss of moisture. It may be cold outside but a hot shower is better for your skin than a hot bath.
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