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6 Ways to Protect Skin from Winter Weather

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6 Ways to Protect Skin from Winter Weather

Contrary to the popular jingle, Jack Frost doesn’t just nip—he often bites. And, far from attacking just your nose, he targets the largest organ you possess—your skin.

The bitter cold and blistering winds of winter can quickly strip skin of its moisture, leaving it prone to itching, cracking and bleeding. Broken skin is a recipe for infection, says Rebecca Baxt, M.D., a board certified dermatologist and fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Even the welcoming warmth of a climate-controlled building adds to your skin’s suffering. According to James C. Marotta, a Long Island-based facial plastic surgeon, the same heating system that keeps your house toasty also sucks much of the moisture out of the air.

Six skin-saving strategies

Baxt and Marotta offer six essential cold-weather skin protection tips:

Make sure to moisturize: There’s no better cure for winter skin woes than a bottle of your go-to moisturizer. “It’s critical that people, especially elderly people, moisturize their skin in the winter months, says Baxt, who suggests applying moisturizer immediately after showering. She also says that, while lotion may provide enough protection for some people, seniors might want to seek out heavier creams or ointments. Just be sure to check the ingredients. Many heavy-duty moisturizers contain lanolin—a common allergen for the elderly. Vaseline petroleum jelly can be a skin saver—if you can get over the greasiness. Marotta offers the following tip for making moisturizers more effective: after application, immediately cover the area with clothing (i.e. pants, shirt, gloves, socks) to enhance absorption and prevent evaporation.

Don’t forget to drink: By the time December rolls around, sweat-inducing temperatures may seem like a distant memory, but don’t assume that cooler weather means you can skimp on hydration. Keep your fluid consumption consistent—Marotta suggests sticking to eight glasses of water a day. One way to know if you’re getting enough water is to check your urine color. Unless you’re on certain medications that may affect your urine hues, aim for shades that lie somewhere in the range of pale-to-moderately-yellow.

Read on to discover four more tips for maintaining healthy skin during the winter…

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Protecting Senior Skin From Winter Weather Damage originally appeared on AgingCare.com.

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3:52AM PST on Jan 21, 2014

thanks

10:08AM PST on Jan 13, 2014

Thank You.

9:49AM PST on Jan 13, 2014

John L is right about PETROLEUM jelly. Watch ingredients!
If you're going out in the cold, here's an experiment I found that looks fascinating. We don't get this cold in Florida, so I can't try it. http://distractify.com/culture/arts/frozen-bubbles-in-wintertime/

7:35AM PST on Nov 11, 2013

Thank you. It's just starting to get cold here and I'm already having dry skin problems. I'll try your tips. Thanks for the advise.

5:26AM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

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Skin Care

8:08AM PST on Jan 26, 2013

Vaseline is a petroleum based product. Not only is it toxic, but It can/does clog pores. There's a product called Un-Petroleum jelly. Better option. I love almond oil, jojoba, or coconut oil. Apricot oil is wonderful too. Just make sure that they are un-refined, organic products. Dr. Bronners makes a hand salve....it's nice too. :-). I'm a guy, ladies.....but I like being "in the know" about quality products, and keeping my skin soft.

12:47AM PST on Jan 26, 2013

Water, the best skin saver!

5:06AM PST on Jan 14, 2013

It's important to save guard our frontline defence

10:03AM PST on Dec 30, 2012

thanks.

3:28AM PST on Dec 30, 2012

thanks

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