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The weather outside is skin-frightful.........

 Snowflakes are pretty falling from the sky, not from the face.  The skin damaging, moisture robbing, cold weather, time of year is in full force! 




When temperatures drop, humidity levels decrease and there is less water in the air. 

Less water in the air means less moisture to the skin. If moisture is lost and isn't replenished, skin can become cracked, flaky and/or inflamed... EWWW! 

 GOOD NEWS!  All it takes is a good winter skin care routine to avoid this terrible disaster.




First and foremost, drink tons of water. In the winter, we tend to feel less thirsty, and we drink less of it. If your body isn't efficiently hydrated, it will attempt to conserve fluid for more vital functions, resulting in dehydration.  Dehydration shows on the outside as dry, flaky lips and skin.  

  
Secondly, I can't stress enough the importance of exfoliating.

  Exfoliating is important because it removes dead skin cells that have accumulated on the body, making it easier for moisturizers to penetrate deeper into the skin. With so many easy, inexpensive, and convenient ways to do so, there really is no excuse not to exfoliate.

There are sponges, creams, lotions and even fruits that will exfoliate your skin, and check out this  "Martin Loofah King" exfoliator.  HA!  So awesome. 


Most of us  L*O*V*E  long, hot showers, in the winter, but it’s crucial to make showers the same length as Paris Hilton's skirts...as short as possible. Hot showers draw water from the skin and strips skin of its natural oils. 



For skin to absorb and lock in more moisture, Its best to apply a moisturizer right after you get out of the shower while your skin is still moist.

Look for moisturizers that have one or more of the following ingredients: Ceramides, hyaluronic acid, lanolin, petroleum jelly, dimethicone, and glycerin. These ingredients hydrate the skin by drawing water to the surface of the skin and holding it there.

In the winter, be careful about using foaming face washes, alcohol-based toners, and astringents. Oil production is low in the winter, and these products are meant to strip oil causing skin to dry out more.

During the day don't forget sunblock. Even in dreary, cloudy winter months harmful UV rays are out there.

Lastly, it's a good idea to invest in a humidifier. Humidifiers add moisture to the rooms in your home keeping skin hydrated.

Follow these tips and your skin will thank you... Don't follow these tips and your skin may start to resemble that of a crocodile!  AHH! 







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