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Wintertime TLC

January 10, 2019

Make these healthy habits part of your skin care routine.

As the days get colder and the sun seems less intense, it’s easy to forget about skin care. But here’s a cold, hard fact about winter: It’s not very kind to skin. The harsh, dry air can make skin more likely to flake, crack, and itch. To keep your skin healthy during the winter months, try these nine DIY skin care tips.

Take shorter showers in warm (not hot) water. Hot water removes the skin’s natural oils. Lingering longer than about five to 10 minutes may further dry out skin.

Moisturize on time. Moisturizing ointments and creams (two top choices: products with olive or jojoba oil) relieve dry skin by locking in dampness. Apply them right after washing your hands or bathing—it’s OK to gently pat the skin a little dry first.

Practice gentle skin care. Some cleansers—such as deodorant bars and perfumed and antibacterial soaps—may contain alcohol or other ingredients that can strip oils from the skin. A move to a mild, fragrance-free soap may help.

Shave right after bathing, when hair is softer. Use a shaving cream or gel, and replace razors often.

Slip on some gloves. Wearing gloves outdoors in the winter helps prevent dry, rough hands.

Resist the scratch. Apply a cool damp cloth to soothe itchy areas.

Don’t sit in front of the fireplace or heater. The heat can draw out moisture.

Drink plenty of water. This healthy habit helps keep you hydrated from the inside out.

Humidify your home. It helps add moisture to dry, indoor air.

If you are living with diabetes, here are three additional tips for healthy skin:

  1. Every day, look for any cuts, bumps, or changes on your skin, especially on your feet. Have your doctor look at your feet at least twice a year.
  2. Treat cuts or cracked skin right away. Wash minor cuts with soap and water. See your doctor right away if cuts are not healing.
  3. Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids. This include fish, tofu, walnuts, and flaxseed.

 

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