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How To Combat Dry, Flaky Skin in Winter

Winter Woes: 5 Ways to Combat Dry, Winter Skin

I thought I'd escaped the ol' Winter skin look (y'know, dry, scaly patches) but I woke up today and it seems to have hit me. My hands are dry, my skin looks dull and it's making me want to cry. Or at least curl up at home on my couch and not come out until Summer swings by again. But as I've been told that I have to come to work (jeez, Louise) I thought we should try and combat dry, Winter skin together so we don't feel all gnarly and stressy.

Add moisture to the AIR: Cranking the heat up at home takes moisture out of the air. It can contain as little as 10 percent. Not good when your skin needs at least 30 percent moisture in the air to stay moisturised. So invest in a humidifier and run it in your bedroom at night while you sleep.

Keep reading . . .Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. Did we mention exfoliate? Dry air causes skin cells to die, which in turn causes your skin to become itchy. So while in the shower, every second to third day, use a scrub, exfoliant or loofah depending on your preference. If you have particularly inflamed skin, stick with a sensitive chemical exfoliant as the beads in a mechanical scrub will irritate your skin, but be sure not to overdo exfoliation and irritate your skin further.

Cool down: As we said yesterday, while a hot shower may heat you up, it removes the natural oils in your skin that keep it moisturised. Opt for lukewarm water instead. And if you really can't bear the thought, just keep your steamy showers short.

Richie rich: Since cold air and hot water can dry out your skin, moisturising daily with a rich lotion can help soothe itchy, irritated skin and prevent painful cracking. Moisturise immediately after a shower while the skin is still damp and also be sure to moisturise after you wash your hands.

Fill up on Omega-3s: Omega-3s are important all the time, but in the Winter, they can help combat dry skin. Be sure to get your fill of nuts, avocado, flaxseeds, salmon, and tuna.

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