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How to Keep Skin Moisturized During The Cold Season

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During the cold season, the skin suffers greatly. Here are some suggested skin care routines that can be done to keep it in good shape in the winter months.

During the cold season, the skin suffers greatly. Here are some suggested skin care routines that can be done to keep it in good shape in the winter months.

Moisturizing Bath

- Take lukewarm baths and showers. Hot water takes away the skin's natural oils.

- When the skin gets drier, it becomes more delicate. Cast aside your abrasive loofahs and stiff-bristled brushes and wash instead using a soft cloth or very soft-bristled brush.

- Don't wait till your skin feels dry to apply moisturizer. Prevention is still the best cure, so make moisturizing after a bath or shower a steady part of your routine. Put on cream or lotion to the skin while it is a bit damp to help trap moisture.

- Bathe or shower at night instead, rather than in the morning. In this manner, your body has the whole night to replenish its natural, protective oils.

Turn your bath into a spa

Turn your bath into and extra-special one using ingredients from the kitchen.

- Pour a cup of vinegar to eliminate dry-skin itching.

- A handful of Epsom salts soothes aching muscles.

- Herbs and spices make everything nice. Tie cinnamon, basil and cloves inside a cheesecloth and hang under running water. Other relaxing herbs include elder flower, lavender, comfrey, rose.

- Sweet-dreams milk bath: Make 3 quarts hot milk using dry-milk powder and place 1 cup honey and 1 cup chamomile tea. Stir and add to the bath.

Cold Weather Skin Care

- Cleanse your face at night with soap or a cleanser and follow through with an alcohol-free toner. In the morning, splash lukewarm water on your face. If you have oily skin, you might also like to use a toner in the morning.

- Try plain milk as a cleansing lotion if your skin becomes flaky. Apply it using a cotton ball, follow with a splash of lukewarm water and rinse the face completely with cold water.

- Change to an oil-based moisturizer, richer than the one you use in summer. Massage it well, but mildly, into your face.

- Don't leave out sunscreens! Even when it's not summer, you still require protection from the sun's ultraviolet rays. Mix a sunscreen with your moisturizer prior to applying it, or use a product having a built-in sunscreen.

- Never wash your face for at least half an hour before you plan going outdoors. The water coupled with the cold winds has a drying effect on the skin.

- Coming in from the cold and warming yourself at once by the fire might sound wonderful, but it can cause broken capillaries to appear on your face. The cold outdoors causes blood vessels to contract, and when there's a sudden change to a hot temperature, they expand and can burst. To prevent this, head directly to the sink. Splash your face with cool water, slowly increasing the temperature to warm, not hot. Then relish the fireside!

- Go easy on caffeine; it tends to dehydrate the skin. Try a cup of herbal tea or even plain hot water with a slice of lemon as a replacement— very refreshing!

- One way to prevent the all-over itchy feeling from winter-dry skin is to use mild soaps and bleaches on whatever clothing that will be next to your skin. The chemical residue left by strong detergents and bleaches can strip down oils from the skin, leaving it subject to irritation.

- Humidity is critical for the skin as well as the hair during winter. To elevate the humidity level in your home, buy a humidifier or place a pan of water on the radiator. Fill your bedroom with plants that need lots of water. Bamboo, ferns and large-leaved plants, like begonias, give off moisture that is beneficial to the skin.

- Use lipstick with moisturizer or lip balm to keep lips from chapping.

- Avoid irritating the skin during shaving. Shave when you're in the bath—the water softens the hair. Lather on shaving cream to lubricate. Don't use soap; it clogs the razor.

- Avoid using an alcohol-based lotion when shaving your legs. It only adds up to dryness. Examine labels to see if they mention alcohol (or ethanol, another commonly used term for alcohol).

- Prevent chapped hands by moisturizing them regularly.

- Hand-softener treatment you can do at home: Massage a hand cream into your hands and nail beds. Using a plastic bag, cover each hand and wrap the hands in a towel warmed from the dryer. Leave on for 15 minutes. Take out the towel and bags and rub down the remaining cream into the hands and nail beds once more.

- Don't forget about your feet during the cold weather months! A soothing warm soak, followed with rich moisturizer, would keep feet looking and feeling their best.

- Inside the shower, use a washcloth all over your body. This helps exfoliate dead skin and keeps the skin feeling smooth. After the shower, follow using a rich moisturizer.

 

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