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Tips for Caring for Your Skin in the Winter Months

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Posted: Monday, January 22, 2018 10:40 am | Updated: 10:48 am, Mon Jan 22, 2018.

Winter weather is the perfect time to cozy up and wrap yourself in your favorite sweaters, but when faced with single digit temps, it’s also an important time to refresh your skincare routine to guard against dry skin and other epidermal issues caused by the cold. Try these simple, but high-impact tips from dermatologist, Dr. Alicia Barba to keep your skin feeling fresh and healthy all winter long.

Lay off the intense exfoliation.

Over-exfoliating can strip the skin of its essential oils, leading to breakouts in the dryer, colder months. A misconception is that rubbing off dead skin cells daily will improve skin, when it actually can dehydrate it.

Invest in a hydrating cleanser.

Dry skin is more than just annoying and uncomfortable—it can lead to serious skin problems such as worsening of eczema, psoriasis and can be a major cause of winter itch. Use a hydrating cleanser and make sure to moisturize the skin after cleansing or gently exfoliating.

Roll up those sleeves.

Warm weather ensembles require us to pay attention to the skin we’re showing, but it can be easy to neglect our covered areas when we swap in our less-revealing winter wardrobes. You want to be active in treating the neck, chest, hands and elsewhere all year long. Moisturize beyond the face with Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Lotion, a fast-healing moisturizer that helps heal dry skin in 5 days. Winter is the time to give extra care to the areas you tend to neglect. Come spring, your healthy skin will thank you.

Care for your underarms.

Underarm skin is sensitive and an area that shouldn’t be overlooked. Textures and fabrics in sweaters, undergarments and t-shirts can irritate the skin. Underneath all those layers, you’ll need a product that keeps you hydrated and protected. Products like Dove’s Invisible Dry Spray Antiperspirant goes on invisible, leaving no white marks, while providing moisturizers to care for skin for softer and smoother underarms.

Get into a bedtime routine.

Bedtime is the best time to hydrate your skin. If you’re looking to decrease collagen breakdown, you might want to consider these three quick steps before hitting the hay: 1. Wash your face. 2. Apply a retinol. 3. Moisturize.

Sunscreen for all seasons.

Pack away the bathing suits and sarongs, but keep the sunscreen right next to your daily moisturizer. Consider switching to a moisturizing sunscreen, a bit richer than your summer product. Harmful UV rays don’t take a break for cold weather. Even if you’re bundled up, sunscreen is a must for your face, and any other skin that’s not covered up.