Take care of your skin in winter

The freezing cold of winter, the wind and the intensive heating of houses are ideal conditions for drying out your skin. Several dermatologists have been consulted on this subject and here are some of their recommendations. Put aside antibacterial soaps and opt for a moisturizing soap instead. While it's tempting, avoid long, hot showers that can strip your skin of its natural oils. Then moisturize your skin right after bathing or showering while it's still wet. Studies indicate that hydration is more effective at that moment than long after. Make sure your moisturizer contains hyaluronic acid, it's the best moisturizer according to most dermatologists. What makes the difference is not the price of a cream but what it contains. Dermatologists will very rarely recommend overpriced moisturizers. Just because a cream is expensive doesn't mean it's better.

Exfoliating dry skin improves its appearance but makes it prone to irritation and itching. An exfoliation once a week in winter should suffice if followed by good hydration.

You also have to protect your lips. The lips do not have sebaceous glands which would provide them with natural oil. So the cold outside and the heat inside our homes greatly affect their thin protective layer. Protect them with a lip balm or even with petroleum jelly if necessary to give them a protective layer.

Using a humidifier in your home will be a significant cosmetic asset. By increasing the level of humidity inside, it will help soothe the effects of dry skin: chapping and itching.

Finally, don't forget to drink plenty of water and eat foods containing omega-3s at least twice a week. Taking care of your skin from the inside matters too.


Melvin Dionne, pharmacist

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