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How to Protect Your Skin this Winter

As the trees become bare and the temperatures turn cold, it is important to make sure that your body and your mind are happy and healthy. With the change in season, it’s easy to neglect simple healthy habits, especially your skincare. Your skin takes one of the hardest hits when the weather becomes chilly and the air becomes cold. As the winter months approach, skin can become dehydrated, irritated, and dry, all of which lead to painful skin and an unhappy you. This winter, keep in mind these simple but crucial skincare tips to make sure your skin is soft, smooth, and glowing all winter long.

 

Moisturize Often

I cannot repeat this skincare step enough. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! While this is a key step in your daily beauty regime no matter what the season, it is critical to keep your skin hydrated and moisturized during the winter months. Dry skin can lead to cracking, peeling, and even bleeding, and nobody wants that! Use a daily moisturizer like Aveeno Daily Moisturizer or Cetaphil—a moisturizer made for acne prone skin—to keep your body silky and smooth all winter long. To get maximized benefits, apply moisturizer after showering or after washing your face before bed.

Cover Up!

It’s important to make sure you properly protect your skin as the temperatures drop, so make sure to wear warm outwear like hats, ear protectors, and gloves to minimize damage as much as possible. While it may mean covering up your winter manicure or your cute pair of earrings, there are so many cute and comfy mitten sets and beanies out there. You’re sure to find warm apparel you won’t mind slipping on for the snowy season.

Watch Water Temps!

As tempting as it is to take a scalding hot shower after a long, hard, COLD day on campus, be careful of how hot you make the water temperature.  Even though it feels heavenly, it dries out your skin quicker and will most likely result in skin peeling and cracking, something you definitely don’t want. If you can’t resist turning the shower nozzle to hot, remember to moisturize when you hop out to keep your skin from getting damaged and dry.

It Takes Two: Vaseline and Socks

When skin becomes severely damaged—and it starts to crack, peel, and bleed—skin can become easily irritated and extremely painful. Have no fear, Vaseline and socks are here, and this winter they are your two best friends. This combination works as a great overnight solution when the skin around your feet becomes painful and cracked. Before bed, apply Vaseline on feet, cover with socks, and in the morning, you’ll wake up with pain free feet!

Soap Substitute

We all know how important it is to keep clean during the winter so that germs and sickness don’t spread easily. One thing many don’t know, however, is that the constant cycle of washing your hands and body often deprives skin of moisture, leaving you feeling dry and sore. Substitute soap with hand sanitizer, which is less damaging but still keeps your hands clean, and don’t be afraid to invest in a hydrating body wash to lock in moisture while showering. Still afraid of carrying germs? If using hand soap, use a hydrating antibacterial gel.  For all areas of skin, follow with a good amount of moisturizing lotion to keep your hands and body from chapping.

 

By Annie O’Sullivan

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