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Winter is coming...for your skin

We all know Buffalo winters can be rough, but they’re especially tough on our skin! Cold, dry air can leave your skin dry, itchy, red and irritated. Here are some of my favorite tips to keep your skin’s natural moisture for the next 6 months…

Cold, windy, winter days can leave your skin feeling raw and indoor heat sucks any remaining moisture from the air and your skin. Even sitting by that beautiful fireplace dries your skin or enjoying a hot shower, but both dry out your skin by stripping it of its natural oils. You can combat the dryness by taking a less-hot shower and using a more intense moisturizer after bathing to seal water into the skin. Investing in a humidifier to maximize moisture in the air will keep your skin hydrated, so be sure to keep it in a room you spend most of your time in. If you can stand to keep your home between 68 and 72 degrees, try not to crank up the heat too high to avoid unnecessary moisture-sucking. As I said earlier, cooler showers and shorter showers will serve your skin better in the winter months. The same goes for when washing your hands, keep the water a little cooler – don’t be afraid, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says this is okay!

As far as products, opt for gentle, fragrance-free cleansers. The wrong soap can worsen itchy, dry skin. You may also want to modify your facial skin-care regimen for the season; choosing cream-based cleansers and applying toners and astringents sparingly, if at all. Don’t forget your lips! You may not be a lip-balm-person during the summer months, but you’ll definitely want to pick up a simple balm to help heal dry, cracked lips and keep them from getting chapped. Moisturize frequently, especially after washing your hands frequently in cold/flu season.

Don’t forget the sunscreen – yeah, I said it, sunscreen! Believe it or not, the sun reflects on the snow up to 80% and it increases your exposure to UV rays. UV rays can still reach you on cloudy days, too. SPF 30 for your face is always a good rule of thumb.

These last few tips may seem obvious, but I have to say them:

- Wear appropriate, comfortable clothing

- Eat right and stay hydrated

- Change out of wet clothes quickly to avoid itchy skin

Hopefully you learned something in this article and apply these tips to your winter daily routine. In addition to your skincare routine at Rockin’ Beauty, we’re sure to keep your skin bright, hydrated and healthy through winter! See you soon.