Tuesday, November 16, 2010

How to Prevent Dry Skin in the Winter

Winter is approaching, and so is the specter of dry and itchy skin.  I can't stand the feeling of crawling into bed for a nap only to experience what feels likes slight needle pricks on my back and arms as a result of dry skin.  The following tips will help to keep your skin moisturized during the winter months.  The only item I would add is using baby oil in the shower right before drying off.

From Humana.com:

Luckily, there are steps you can take to keep your skin feeling nice and smooth.
  1. Shorten your showers to no more than 10 minutes and watch the water temperature. Although it's nice to warm up in the morning, a long, hot shower strips your body of the natural oils in your skin.
  2. Shop for soap that's mild and less drying. Soap is made to break down oils, even the ones in your skin.
  3. Pat your body dry. Too much rubbing on tender skin can cause irritation and damage.
  4. Moisturize. Moisturize. Moisturize. Better yet, according to dermatologist, Dr. Kathy Fields, find a lotion that's hyaluronic acid-based to boost the amount of water that's drawn into your skin. Also, use lotion throughout the day to keep your skin from getting thirsty.
  5. Use a humidifier. It will help keep moisture in the air, rather than letting the air wick away the moisture in your skin.

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