Tips for Acne and Aging Skin Care during the Winter

Skin care is important during the winter when harsh weather, cold and dry, can attack your skin's natural protections. This is especially true if you have skin conditions like acne or are older. There are several ways you can prevent the uncomfortable itchiness that comes with winter.

Taking Care of Your Skin During the Winter

Skin care is important during the winter when harsh weather, cold and dry, can attack your skin's natural protections. This is especially true if you have skin conditions like acne or are older. There are several ways you can prevent the uncomfortable itchiness that comes with winter.

Why Dry Skin & How to Prevent It

Skin in winter becomes dry because both the air outside and the heat indoors dry out the skin. To combat dry indoor heat, use a humidifier to make indoor air moist. Be sure to use cold water in humidifiers to prevent bacterial growth, and clean filters to avoid mold.

Internal hydration is essential for naturally moist skin. Water with a twist of lemon will not only keep you hydrated but also adds a bit of vitamin C, necessary for maintaining and repairing skin, to your routine.

Showering carefully is another way to prevent dry skin. Hot showers may feel good after a cold day, but can make your skin dry. Take short, warm showers and avoid using too much soap. Soap combined with hot water can strip away the lipid (fatty) barriers that keep your skin moist. Only use soap under your arms, in your private area and on your feet. Pat your skin dry instead of scrubbing and use body lotion in the two to three minutes after showering. Use creamy lotions full of natural oils to keep the skin's lipid barrier and to moisturize. Rejuvaphyl has a range of skin-nourishing products, such as gentle cleansers for face care, to help you keep the normal balance of your skin's defenses. Moisturizing two to three times daily is important for maximum skin protection. Many dermatologists recommend using a cream-based SPF 30 sunscreen outdoors to prevent the sun's ultraviolet rays from damaging your skin and causing wrinkles.

Dry Skin: Acne & Aging

While taking preventative measures is important for all skin types, many women have special skin needs. One of the most difficult is skin prone to acne. For this skin type, it's an equilibrium between not clogging pores and keeping skin moist. The trick is to spot acne medicine only on problem areas, let medicine sink in and then cover with lotion. This approach targets the acne, but also keeps your skin moist. Older skin also has unique needs because skin-protecting estrogen declines. Being more aware and vigilant about moisturizing, hydration and sunscreen is critical for an anti-aging regime as you grow older.

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