Easy tips to keep your skin moist through the winter

September 23, 2016
Volume 4    |   Issue 38

As the weather finally begins to cool off, many of us notice an increase in skin dryness. A number of factors can contribute to this, including the cold weather and indoor heating. If the dryness gets too severe, you can develop a condition called xeroderma, which involves peeling, itching, and cracking skin.

The best way to deal with xeroderma is to avoid it in the first place. Fortunately, you can do so easily by taking a few simple steps now. When you wash your hands or take a shower, be sure to use a gentle soap and lukewarm water. As tempting as it can be to take a long, hot shower when it's cold outside, this is one of the worst things you can do for dry skin.

Once you're finished washing, be sure to moisturize right away. As your skin dries, moisture evaporates from it. You want to lock that moisture in with a moisturizing cream or lotion before it can disappear. Make sure you're applying something that will really lock in moisture and protect your skin's natural barrier. Chose a good product, such as Système 41's Moisturizing Hand and Body Crème. This cream delivers highly active anti-aging ingredients to the hands and body, helping to keep skin plump and hydrated for longer. It's full of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance found in your skin that naturally decreases after the age of 45. Try to apply the moisturizer or lotion less than a minute after you get out of the shower. You can also keep lotion by your sinks so you can reapply right away after washing your hands.

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While these habits can be very helpful, sometimes it's still hard to keep your skin happy if you're constantly moving in and out of the cold or having to wash your hands often. If your hands still feel dry, you can give them some concentrated moisture in the form of vitamin E. Simply pop a vitamin E capsule with a needle and massage the contents into your hands. Add some coconut, olive, or avocado oil on top of that to really lock in the moisture and nourish your dry skin.

Of course, you'll want to do this at night, when you can immediately cover your hands with cotton gloves. While oil might be good for your hands, I know you don't want to be leaving oily fingerprints all over your home or office. Try this every night for two weeks. You also can try running a humidifier in your bedroom to keep the dry air from pulling hydration from your skin. In addition, you may want to take oils internally. Udos 3-6-9 oil http://udoshealthproducts.com.au/udos-products/udos-3-6-9-oil/ will often help treat the issue from the inside. Many women report remarkable results in this oil, helping to rehydrate their skin and hair. If you don't see any improvement in your skin after a couple of months, you may want to talk to your dermatologist to rule out an inflammatory condition.

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