Colder weather brings more than just rosy cheeks. It is often the season for dry, uncomfortable skin on the face, hands, and feet. For many, this problem can be more than just a general tight, dry feeling. Skin can get so dry that it begins to flake, crack, and even cause eczema which is when the skin becomes inflamed. 

For healthy winter skin, follow these 5 tips for boosting your winter skincare regimen. Your skin will thank you for it!

  • Seek a Specialist:  Visiting an esthetician or dermatologist can provide great benefits and insight. They can help analyze your skin type, troubleshoot your current skin care regimen, and give you advice on skin care products you should be using and not using.
  • Moisturize More:  As weather conditions change, so, too, should your skin care routine. In colder weather, use a moisturizer that's oil-based, rather than water-based. The oil will create a protective layer on your skin which will retain more moisture than a cream or lotion. Keep in mind that many lotions labeled as "night creams" are oil-based. However, choose your oils with care because not all oils are appropriate for the face. Look for non-clogging oils, like avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil, almond oil or shea oil (butter). Lotions that contain humectants are also good because they attract moisture to your skin, such as, glycerine, sorbitol, and alpha-hydroxy acids. Take special care of your facial skin with Seacret Intensive Moisture Face Cream.
  • Use Sunscreen:  Sunscreen is not just for the hot summer months. The winter sun, coupled with snow glare, can damage your skin. Apply sunscreen to any exposed areas about 30 minutes before going outside and reapply often if you plan to frolic outside for long periods of time. 
  • Turn Down the Heat:  Instead of cranking the heat to stay warm, try turning down the heat and layering your clothes. Heating systems blast hot dry air into homes and offices. This dry air is a strong force in drying out a person’s skin. If the heat must stay high, try adding a humidifier to bring moisture back into the air. 
  • No Hot Baths/Showers:  Of course it feels great to relax in a hot bath or shower after being in the cold. But, intense heat from showers and baths break down the lipid barriers in the skin, which causes moisture loss. It is better to take warm, shorter baths and showers during cold months. For added protection, try taking an oatmeal or baking soda bath. It helps to relieve dry, itchy skin. 

Don’t let the cold weather get the best of you. By making a few simple changes, you can protect you skin.

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