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Problem/Solution: Dry Skin in Winter

Fall is upon us and then comes winter, which brings many lovely things and also dry skin.

The Problem: Dehydration

Lower outdoor humidity and drying indoor heating add up to dehydrated skin. It’s that simple — and it neither looks nor feels very good.

Solution #1: Moisturize Inside and Out

Drink water: It’s vitally important to replenish your moisture by drinking lots of water during the day. If you typically drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day, increase your intake in the winter to 10 to 15 glasses. Not only will this rehydrate your skin but drinking loads of water also helps to reduce inflammation.

Use a humidifier: Unless you live in a tropical environment, there is never enough moisture in the air during the winter months. Luckily, you can replace this loss with a humidifier. Dewy days can be back again with a small super hydrating machine — gone are the clunky machines from years past. You won’t even know it’s pumping relief into the air, but you will undoubtedly see and feel the difference in your skin. Bonus: Your sinuses will thank you, too.

Apply lotions and oils: A good moisturizer for your face and body is a must. Replace your lightweight lotions with heavier creams. Alternatively, oil applied after bathing or showering while the skin is still wet helps seal in moisture.

Solution #2: Exfoliate

To get free of flakey skin, exfoliate every week. A great way to fight dry skin is by using a loofah brush on your legs, stomach, and arms before you hop into the shower. Do this once a week routinely. You can also use an exfoliating body cream every day after your bath or shower.

Solution #3: Turn Down the Temperature

Yes, it’s cold outside, and few things sounds better than a hot bath or shower on a chilly winter morning. But lower the water temperature just a bit and your skin with thank you. Hot water is extremely drying to skin.

Maureen Lake is an integrative wellness expert, author, and host of the Graceful Healing Podcast. She helps women understand the root causes of their issues and shows them how to hit the reset button. Learn more at maureenlake.com.

Photo: Baki Big

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