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Winter Skin Care: Don’t Spread Your Winter Moisturizing Routine Too Thin
Brrrrrrr. Baby, it's cold outside. Whether you live in the midwest, the north, or some southern climates, winter weather, even when it's mild, brings a marked change to your skin. And while you might love cuddling under your favorite mohair throw, curling up in front of the fireplace, or even snuggling with a hot water bottle, you need to consider what these changes in the weather mean to your skin.
Interestingly, it's not the winter temperatures that cause your skin to feel dry and chapped; it's the lack of available moisture in winter air that really makes your skin scream for hydration. And while you may be very conscientious about applying moisturizing creams and lotions to your body, you may be forgetting the one element that really counts — water!
When the air is very dry it's like a heat-seeking missile. It targets the areas of greatest moisture content and draws or, literally, sucks up, anything that's available. If its target happens to be your skin, you'll feel it getting drier and drier and on certain areas, like hands and feet, you might actually see your skin crack from lack of hydration. What should you do?
Dermatologists advise that water is the key element in helping to make your skin feel comfortable in the winter, and you should adjust your moisturizing routine to make sure you add plenty of it. It's simple really.
This winter look for a lightweight, dermatologist–recommended lotion that helps quench parched winter skin with gentle, yet effective moisturizing ingredients. Add a moisturizing cream as well to provide care for cracked, dry skin on elbows, knees, hands and feet. Use both, in layers, when winter winds and low humidity make your skin feel untouchable and unhappy.