• Banish dry skin in the cold season

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    Dry skin is often associated with hormonal changes, seasonal conditions and poor body hydration. It is one of the most frequent skin problems of all ages and skin types. Preventing dryness and providing sufficient hydration is beneficial for the overall health and look of the skin.How to fight dry skin? 

     

    First of all, apply moisturizers. Make this a daily routine for your face and your body. Reapply on your hands as often as needed. Opt for the efficient hydrators that keep moisture in the skin and form a barrier that prevents water loss from the epidermis. Such ingredients are: glycerin, sodium PCA, fatty acids etc. Don’t forget that the sensitive area around your eyes needs extra hydration.

    Don’t take very hot baths or cold showers. Extreme temperatures are harsh for any type of skin and can lead to imbalance. Long baths dry out your skin and this can worsen during winter months. Cold showers in summer can have the same drying effects. Take short, warm showers instead of long hot baths. You can finish with a quick jet of cold water to invigorate the skin and stimulate the microcirculation.

    Drink water. Hydrating from the inside is essential for the health of your entire body. Skin CAN be hydrated from the inside as well – so drink liquids as often as you can. Make sure your diet includes omega fats, vitamins and minerals, which help your cells stay hydrated properly.

    Don’t use harsh cleansers – it is already known that many cleansers strip your skin of essential hydration. If you use acne cleansers, hydration should be your priority because these cleansers usually dry out the skin and remove the sebum. Use mild, hydrating cleansers or apply suitable oil-free moisturizers after cleansing.

    Don’t overwash your face or your body – this will remove natural oils that are essential for the skin’s natural barrier.

    Use humidifiers and oil free moisturizers if you spend a lot of time in a dry environment. Air conditioning and heating can dehydrate your skin so make sure you compensate for the lack of moisture in the air.

    Don’t use soap all the time – soap is one of the number one drying agents for your skin; if you are using soap, try to not include it in your daily routine – a great skin regenerating procedure is avoiding cosmetic products for a whole day when possible; use mild cleansers only on certain areas of the body, wash your arms, legs and body with water only and don’t use any other soaps or cosmetic products of any kind.

    Seal in moisture – it is important to keep an optimal hydration at cellular level and prevent the loss of water from the cells and from the skin layers. There are a few things you can do for this: apply moisturizers with special ingredients that help seal in moisture (for example, glycerin); apply the moisturizer on damp skin, after you’re done showering; use special hydration boosters (water based gels) as primers before your main moisturizer; take internal supplements which are specially designed to improve your skin. 

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