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Winter is tough on the skin, but don’t fear — there’s hope!
While the lack of moisture in the air paired with the indoor heating can leave skin completely dehydrated and even itchy, dermatologist Dr. Debra Wattenberg shared five rules that can ease the effects. There are even ways to target specific issues!
Five Rules to Follow this Winter:
- Avoid super hot showers — and keep them to only once per day!
- Moisturize right after the shower when your skin is still damp.
- Treat dry patches with hydrocortisone ointment.
- Drink up — with more water and less alcohol, that is.
- Put sunscreen on your face and lips — it may look overcast, but UV rays are still sneaking through those clouds!
Problem: Red, blotchy face
The cold winter winds can render even the best skin red, flaky and blotchy. The problem is simple: your oil glands simply can’t keep up with the dehydrating impacts of the temperatures. While you should definitely keep moisturizing, now is the time to work in face masks, especially those containing aloe, and face oils.
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Kiehl's Calendula & Aloe Hydration Mask, $45, Nordstrom
Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil, $58, Nordstrom
To try making a face mask at home, combine half of an avocado, two tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of almond oil.
Problem: Chapped lips
While the cold temps, lipsticks, tooth paste and mouth wash can all dehydrate the lips — there are options. These hydrating lip balms will keep your lips looking supple all winter long.
Carmex Colloidal Oatmeal lip balm, $6, Amazon
Aquaphor, $5, Amazon
For a home remedy, dip a green tea bag in water, allow to cool and then apply directly to the lips. The green tea contains anti-inflammatory properties. For extra moisture, apply a dab of olive oil.
Problem: Cracked hands
Never has hand cream been more important! Keep it by the sink so that you can apply right after washing your hands. You can also wear gloves indoors to lock in moisture. Whatever you do, make sure to avoid hand sanitizer when possible. In addition to being less effective than soap and water, it can actually irritate the skin.
Palmer's Coconut Oil Hand Cream, $8, Amazon
Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream, $17, Amazon
Pamper Me Soothing Gel Gloves, $15, Bed, Bath & Beyond
For an at-home cure, apply coconut oil directly to your hands and wrap them in plastic wrap while watching your favorite TV show or movie!
Problem: Itchy scalp
While using dyes and hot tools is always tough on the hair — the cold temperatures exacerbates these problems. To keep the hair shiny and healthy, keep both the scalp and hair follicles moisturized.
Selsun Blue Medicated Dandruff Shampoo, $14, Amazon
Neutrogena T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo Original Formula, $16, Amazon
Head and Shoulders Dry Scalp Care with Almond Oil 2-in-1 Anti-Dandruff Shampo, $16, Amazon
Moroccanoil Dry Scalp Treatment, $38, Nordstrom
Try a do-it-yourself remedy at home by mixing apple cider vinegar and water together and applying directly to the scalp. Baking soda and water have the same effect, especially when followed by half of a cup of plain yogurt and one egg yolk. Your hair will be shiny and smooth!