Do’s and don’ts for dealing with dry winter skin

DO make sure to moisturize, moisturize, MOISTURIZE.
Moisturizing is an essential part of a healthy skin regimen, but it’s particularly important in dry, freezing weather. Be sure to choose a product that is specific to your skin type and remember to apply within a few minutes of bathing to trap much-needed water.

DON’T forget to use a humidifier.
Sleeping with a humidifier on will hyper-hydrate your skin and help prevent a flaky, itchy outer layer. You’ll wake up with smooth supple skin and you’ll breathe easier to boot!

DO keep the Vaseline close at hand.
Dry feet? Check. Dry elbows and knees? Double check. Lather up, ladies and gentleman, that little plastic container is your go-to all winter long. From lip balm to foot cream to makeup remover, this gooey substance can “fix” just about anything.

DO keep a bottle of hand cream next to the sink.
Cracked-hands? No thanks. Keep your hands soft and healthy this season by rubbing in moisturiser after each hand washing.

DON’T shower in super hot water.
We know it’s tempting, but showering in scalding temperatures tends to dry out your skin even more. Hot water removes natural oils from the skin, and the more oils removed, the drier the skin becomes.

DO brush your lips with a toothbrush to get rid of that excess skin.
Because NO ONE likes chapped lips, and never forget to apply lip balm before going out.

DO switch to a soap-free, non-lathering facial cleanser. These products have a neutral pH, so they don’t disturb the acidic pH of your skin and are much less drying.

DON’T skip the healthy fats.
At the grocery store, fill up a cart with foods full of healthy monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish, nuts, olive oil, flax, sardines, and avocados.

DON’T over-exfoliate. We’re all for a scrub down (or even a peel!) to remove those dead skin cells and reveal that glowy skin. However, overdoing it will irritate and chap the skin, so remember to take it easy.

DO remember your winter woolens.
When heading into the great outdoors, dress for the weather with a hat, scarf, and gloves to avoid windburn and prolonged exposure to cold air.

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