Published on May 5, 2015 at 12:21 / Updated on May 8, 2018 at 20:53

When it comes to your skin, winter is tough all around. Outside you have cold temperatures and strong, glacial winds, while inside our heating systems are working overtime, sucking the ambient humidity out of our living spaces. These factors explain why so many people get dry skin in winter, and why it’s a good idea to change up your skin care routine.

Start with a good moisturizer. Oil-based products moisturize more deeply and last longer than water-based products, making them a better choice. Use them regularly for best results. It may be worth putting a humidifier in certain rooms as well, to increase ambient humidity and give dry skin a break. You’d be surprised how effective even simple measures can be. Try taking shorter baths or showers, and using slightly cooler water. When you go outside, protect exposed areas from the cold and wind as best you can. Keep your hands warm in gloves or mittens, and change into a fresh pair if they get wet. To find out more, talk to your health professional: they’ll be happy to advise you on how to keep your skin moist through the dry winter.

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