Winterization Tips for Healthy Skin

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Winter’s harsh winds and dry indoor heat can leave cheeks looking less than rosy.

But winter doesn’t have to mean looking pallid and dull until spring. “You can take steps to keep your skin clear and healthy through the winter,” says Dr. David Colbert, founder and head physician of NY Dermatology Group. “For example, moisturizing daily with a thick lotion, like one made from shea or white petrolatum, can help restore and protect dehydrated skin.”

Some of Colbert’s suggestions challenge conventional wisdom. Believe it or not, you don’t need to wash your torso, arms and legs every day. In fact, soap can strip your skin of natural moisture. “Wash your face, hands and feet with soap no more than once daily,” said Colbert. “Rinse the rest of your body with warm, not hot, water -; sweat dissolves in water, so you don’t need soap to come clean.”

Harsh winter weather coupled with cold and flu season can trigger the flaring of chronic skin conditions. People who are prone to cold sores might see flare-ups during the winter months, so they should keep an over-the-counter product on-hand to relieve pain. Colbert recommends his patients use a moisturizing product like Nexcare Cold Sore Treatment to relieve drying and cracking associated with outbreaks. This topical treatment combines Microvex, a non-greasy emollient derived from tropical oils, with benzocaine and allantoin for fast pain relief and lip protection.

Colbert also recommends that his patients reduce their outdoor exposure. “If you must go outdoors, use scarves, hats, masks and mittens or gloves to limit skin exposure,” he adds. “For extra protection, apply a petroleum-based product to your lips. Using a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays also helps prevent skin damage.”

Indoors, Americans should try running a humidifier when moisture levels in their homes drop below 60 percent. Humidifiers make rooms feel warmer than heat alone and prevent skin from drying out.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help skin stay youthful. People might not hydrate as readily in the winter months, but bodies need water to flush away toxins and stay moisturized. Drinking herbal tea or other hot fluids can fulfill daily water requirements. Activity improves circulation to the skin, creating a healthy glow. A brisk walk, for 20 to 30 minutes three times weekly, can improve skin’s appearance.

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