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Guidelines for Healthy Winter Skin

by | Dec 7, 2023 | General Wellness

Taking preventive precautions to combat the damaging effects of harsh winter weather will keep your skin soft, supple and moist until warmer weather arrives. Moisture-robbing snow, ice, wind chills and extreme weather can leave your exposed and concealed skin dry, itchy, taut, flaky, rough and cracked. Following these guidelines will keep your skin healthy and hydrated.
Frequent washing and lathering deprives your skin of moisture and promotes dryness and irritation. So if you’re used to taking daily showers or baths, switch to every second or third day using comfortably warm water. Damp-dry your skin and slather on a rich, nourishing oil-based moisturizer within 60 seconds to help retain your skin’s surface moisture. Avoid astringent products that injure your skin by drying it out. Choose a body wash or lotion without glycolic acid, salicylic acid or potassium permanganate, a few unwanted winter astringents.
For a radiant winter complexion, use a mild cleanser with warm, not hot water. Gently pat dry. Apply a greater than usual amount of moisturizer. Try to use a foundation that includes sunscreen, and hydrate your body, drinking more than your usual amount of water, herbal tea, nourishing fresh fruit and vegetable juices and/or coconut water. Eating healthy fats such as avocado, tofu, chicken, chia and pumpkin seeds and white meat turkey help to fight winter’s damaging effects on your complexion.
Give your feet a treat
Severe winter weather poses special problems for the tender skin on feet, ankles and toes. Thick socks and clunky shoes and boots promote damp, sweaty feet that are susceptible to unsafe bacterial infections. Sprinkling medicated foot powder inside your socks to help ensure smooth, dry, infection-free feet. Add a soothing foot soak in an Epsom salt or other medicated solution to your winter foot care regimen. Drying your feet thoroughly is another protective winter skin strategy. Follow with a light pumice-stone foot scrub or a light footcare exfoliant.
During the winter season, the wrong shoes may cause blisters and calluses. Wear properly fitting, activity-appropriate footwear that lets you wiggle your toes and prevent scrunchy skin. Wintertime runners can opt for light-weight, moisture-wicking shoes that keep feet warm, dry and flexible. Eschew summertime sandals, clogs, or other flimsy footwear in snow or ice. Instead, choose well-insulated, heavy-soled, water-proofed, supportive footwear.
If you get cracked, sore or broken skin, immediately apply an antiseptic or other remedy. During winter or summer, never let a skin break go untreated.

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