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Friday, 14 December 2012 16:36

Battling the Climates

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How to Fight Dry Skin During Winter Months

Winter may be a wonderland of happy times, family parties, and cute scarves, but unfortunately the season can wreak havoc on our skin. The cold climate results in less water vapor which in turn causes the skin to dry out. Here are a few tips to keep in mind during the winter months (and all year round if you’re suffering from dry skin) to keep your skin healthy and replenished.

1) Address external and internal factors

While the climate is a main culprit for dry skin, be sure to address possible intrinsic factors that may be adding to the problem. For instance, certain medications, genetic factors, and age can all be causes of dry skin. When the cause of the skin condition is known it is easier to set up a defense and a skin care regime to alleviate the issue.

2) Exfoliate

Moisturizing products penetrate into the skin better when it is properly exfoliated. Not to mention when you exfoliate, the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin are removed, the blood flow is stimulated, and the tissue receives more oxygen.

3) Change Your Skin Care Regime

Many people are in the habit of using the same products year round, and can’t figure out why the products seemed to have stopped working for them. Seasonal changes may require a change in your regime to better address your skin’s reactions to the climate. Be sure to switch drying products for more hydrating ones. For instance, try a more gentle cleanser with shea butter, a moisturizer with antioxidants to restore the moisture balance, and a gentle scrub with jojoba beads. Also, consider adding a hydrating serum into your regime formulated with peptides to increase skin hydration.