Skin in the Game: How to Protect Yours This Winter

When we’re doing the mad dash around the holidays, going in and out of stores means transitioning from cold, dry air to heated, enclosed spaces — not a great combination for cold and flu season, nor is it good for your skin.

 

 

 

 

Here are some tips to help you be kind to the largest organ in the body:

  • Avoid strongly scented soaps and detergents.
  • Quicken bathing time, and use warm versus hot water. Gently pat dry.
  • Moisturize with either ointments (oil-based), creams (oil and water-based), or lotions (water-based), per your doctor’s direction. Seek help if you have a rash.
  • Shave safely. Moisturize, then shave with the direction that hair grows. Replace dull razors.
  • Use an SPF 30 sunscreen (or higher) on your face, neck, and hands if exposed — even in winter.
  • Bundle up for warmth, but so you can still move.
  • Don’t smoke! Doing so can narrow the skin’s blood vessels, which depletes the skin’s nutrients and oxygen. Smoking also damages collagen, elastin, and can contribute to wrinkles.
  • Eat healthy, including fruits, lean protein, veggies, and whole grains. Skip the bad fats, refined carbs, and packaged meals that can be high in sodium.
  • Try a home humidifier to replace air moisture that’s lost in winter.
  • Take a breather and know when to slow down. Sleep, too, is restorative. Stress takes a toll on the body (and skin).

 

By Lisa Miceli Feliciano

 

Sources include: www.aad.org, www.mayoclinic.org

 

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