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How to care for skin during cold season

Fashion Trends with ANGELA CHISHIMBA
THE cold season brings uncomfortable dryness to the skin on the face, hands, and feet.
For some people, the problem is worse than just a general tight, dry feeling. The skin gets so dry it results in flaking, cracking, even eczema (in which the skin becomes inflamed).
It is therefore important for you to take care of your skin a little bit more than the usual to maintain health skin.
Here are some tips from WebMD website that will help you keep your skin healthy this cold season:
Moisturise more
The cold season calls for you to moisturise more.
You may have found a moisturiser that works just fine in spring and summer.
But as the weather conditions change, so, too, should your skin care routine.
Find an “ointment” moisturizer that’s oil-based, rather than water-based, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion.
Slather on the Sunscreen
Sunscreen is not just for summertime. Winter sun can also damage your skin.
Try applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face and your hands if they are exposed, and do this about 30 minutes before going outside.
Reapply frequently if you stay outside a long time.
Give your hands a hand
The skin on your hands is thinner than on most parts of the body and has fewer oil glands.
This means it is harder to keep your hands moist, especially in cold, dry weather.
This can lead to itchiness and cracking.
Wear gloves when you go outside; if you need to wear wool to keep your hands warm, slip on a thin cotton glove first, to avoid any irritation the wool might cause.
Avoid Wet Gloves and Socks
Wet socks and gloves can irritate your skin and cause itching, cracking, sores, or even a flare-up of eczema.
Hook up the humidifier
Central heating systems (as well as space heaters) blast hot dry air throughout our homes and offices.
Humidifiers get more moisture in the air, which helps prevent your skin from drying out. Place several small humidifiers throughout your home; they help disperse the moisture more evenly.
Hydrate for Your Health, Not for Your Skin
If you have heard it once, you have heard it a thousand times: Drinking water helps your skin stay young looking.
In fact, it is a myth.
Water is good for your overall health and “the skin of someone who is severely dehydrated will benefit from fluids.
But the average person’s skin does not reflect the amount of water being drunk,” Kenneth Bielinski, MD, a dermatologist tells WebMD “It’s a very common misconception.”
Grease up your feet
Yes, those minty foot lotions are lovely in the hot summer months, but during the winter, your feet need stronger stuff.
Try finding lotions that contain petroleum jelly or glycerine instead
Pace the peels
If your facial skin is uncomfortably dry, avoid using harsh peels, masks, and alcohol-based toners or astringents, all of which can strip vital oil from your skin.
Instead, find a cleansing milk or mild foaming cleanser, a toner with no alcohol, and masks that are “deeply hydrating,” rather than clay-based, which tends to draw moisture out of the face. And use them a little less often.
Ban super-hot baths
Sure, soaking in a burning-hot bath feels great after frolicking out in the cold. But the intense heat of a hot shower or bath actually breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, which can lead to a loss of moisture. “You are better off with just warm water, and staying in the water a shorter amount of time.
A lukewarm bath with oatmeal or baking soda can help relieve skin that is so dry it has become itchy.
Have a blessed weekend.
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