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TODAY   |  February 01, 2013

Chapped? Protect your skin in winter

Dr. Debra Wattenberg shares tips for helping your skin beat the winter blues including staying hydrated and choosing moisturizers that are strong enough to fight the drying weather.

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>>> temperatures can be harsh on your hands, feet or face. dr. deborah watenberg is here to help your skin beat the winter blue blues. good to see you.

>> good to see you.

>> before we get to specific items and issues, let's talk overall prevention. your skin is beautiful. you're doing something right.

>> thank you.

>> really, it's important this time of year to prevent your skin from drying out, the heat, the cold weather , the wind. you want to shorten your showers. you want to avoid excessively hot water . that will pull the natural oils off your skin. limit your alcohol intake. stay hydrated, and apply tons of moisturizer.

>> you would think water would moisturize it.

>> unfortunately when you're in the shower, the water will actually evaporate off the surface of your skin very quickly, leaving you dry. if you want to stay in the water for a long period of time, take a warm bath.

>> oh, okay. let's get to some of the products you have here.

>> it's really important to change your routine during the winter because what worked in the summer won't necessarily work in the wintertime. these products contain humectin. i really like products like this, which are gels and contain a little bit of hyuralonic acid, it acts like a sponge and absorbs water on to your skin. then you can apply moisturizer, like this, that contains some glycerin and dimethicone. they seal in the moisture.

>> you don't have to worry about buildup with these either.

>> correct.

>> moving on to getting that glow that we all want.

>> you have to eliminate the dry, dead skin on the surface of your body in order to get the glow. i love doing it mechanically, one way. this is a clarisonic brush. you can leave it in the shower, with the body extension. you can also do it with a loofah, an inexpensive way, or chemicalically. look for retinol. look for glycolic acid to unstick the glue, give you a glow. mix in a tiny bit of sunless tanning .

>> perfect. tired eyes .

>> smoking, stress, the sun. all those things. you want to use products that are rich in emolience. some products contain bleach and natural bleach. licorice, mulberry, soy, will lighten the area under the eyes.

>> chapped, dry lips this time of the year.

>> the thin is really thin and there's no oil glands. neutrogena lip balm contains sun screen .

>> how do you avoid the waxy buildup? some sticks you put on and on.

>> take a toothbrush, very lightly brush the surface of your lips. if they're inflamed or irritated take hydrocortisone ointment, not the cream.

>> hands, make sure they're moisturized?

>> gloves are key. these gloves are could then lined. it's important to protect your hands and apply a moisturizer that will seep in with sun screen . use gloves at night to protect your hands.

>> dr. deborah watenberg, thank you very much. i feel my lips and skin glowing already. and i haven't used it yet, just the advice.