Up until this week, in most parts of the country, the weather has been very mild. Now that the really cold weather has arrived (along with the wind and snow) and we are turning the heat up in our homes and offices, many of us are experiencing dry, itchy winter skin. The reason that we get so dry is because moisture diffuses from our skin cells (which are composed primarily of water) into the air. This leaves our skin parched, dull, ashen and even cracked. Heating systems produce very dry air which further robs our skin of moisture. Five easy steps can help heal dry skin, renew it and leave soft, supple, beautiful skin.
- Limit your baths or showers to 5-minutes and only bathe once a day. Turn the temperature of the water down so that you are now using warm (not hot) water. I know that it is difficult to give up those wonderful long, hot showers or baths, especially on cold mornings, but these changes will make a big difference in preventing natural oils from being stripped from your skin.
Remember, we only have 3 or 4 more months of winter left so as soon as the spring comes, you can go back to your old habits including long, luxurious baths or showers, deodorant soaps and hot water.