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10 Tips to Keep Your Skin from Drying Out This Winter

The winter weather can take a toll on your skin. Here are 10 tips to keep you looking and feeling your best through the long winter months.

  1. Lower the Thermostat.
    The heat that is pushed through your house is pretty dry. Turning down the thermostat can minimize the amount of hot, dry air circulating. If you’re a heat seeker and can’t imagine spending your day in a sweater, try this. Just turn the thermostat down at night, A couple degrees can make a big difference when it comes to your skin, not to mention your pocketbook.

  1. Invest in a Humidifier.
    Buy a humidifier and put it in the room you use the most, like your living room or bedroom. Humidifiers put moisture back into the environment and can help cut down on dry skin and lips.

  1. Stay Away from Long, Hot Showers.
    Although the idea of long hot showers may seem pretty inviting during our cold Alberta winters, they may actually dry out your skin if you indulge too often. So try to limit your shower time and heat level.

  1. Avoid Harsh Cleansers.
    Opt for gentle, fragrance-free soaps and cleansers that won’t dry out your skin.

  1. Moisturize. Moisturize. Moisturize.
    For the face, start with a base of hyaluronic acid then moisturize regularly. Make sure to take care of your hands and feet as well.

  1. Exfoliate.
    No matter how many serums and creams are applied, dry skin will stay dry without some light exfoliation. Consider a light chemical exfoliation like an enzyme peel.

  1. Don’t Forget Sunscreen.
    Don’t think you can slack off with the sunscreen in the winter. In fact, the harsh climate of the winter weather can dry skin out, making it more susceptible to damaging UV rays.

  1. Drink Lots of Water.
    This one is pretty self explanatory. The more water you drink, the more hydrated you are.

  1. Eat Well Increase your intake of healthy fats during the winter.
    You can find them in foods like walnuts, olive oil, and avocados. These healthy fats are great for your skin and body.

  1. Don’t Party Too Hard.
    Wintertime comes with a lot of celebration, and while those celebratory drinks go down well, they can dehydrate you quickly. My advice, when the drinks start flowing, have a glass of water in between libations and don’t overdo it, your skin (and head) will thank you.