Dry, flaky, red and itchy skin is all too common during winter months, as the combination of dry indoor heat and harsh outdoor air disrupts the natural pH balance of our skin. To keep skin smooth and soft this season, I recommend swapping your summer and fall regimens for a moisture-rich routine specifically designed to treat and prevent winter’s worst skin symptoms. These easy tips will optimize your skin’s protective barrier to retain moisture during dry weather and repel environmental irritants that exacerbate dry skin:
• Tip #1:
Apply body lotion within three minutes of your shower. Skin loses water to radiator heat, dry air and hot water all day long, so it’s important to replenish and balance moisture content after every shower. To seal in hydration, at (don’t rub) skin with a towel and apply a pH balanced moisturizer, like Sebamed Moisturizing Body Lotion, while skin is still damp.
• Tip #2:
Don’t forget your day cream! Day cream is an essential prep step for going outside on a cold winter's day, because it creates a protective barrier from harsh winter weather. Sebamed Anti-Dry Day Defence Cream uses the smoothing and soothing properties of avocado oil (with skin-related lipids, Vitamins A and E) help to protect sensitive, dry skin. The cream slides easily over the skin where it is totally absorbed, leaving no sticky traces or residue.
• Tip #3:
Bring in a heavy duty night cream to recover from summer damage. Undo winter wind damage while you sleep by switching to a restorative night cream like Sebamed Anti-Dry Night Intensive Cream, which works to protect, smooth, calm and regenerate the skin without clogging pores. The intensive and rich properties stimulate the skin's own renewal process overnight for fresher skin by morning.
• Tip #4:
Strengthen hands and nails with a healing balm. Leave your chapped hands and hangnails behind by using a multi-tasking balm like Sebamed Hand & Nail Balm, which uses keratin to strengthen nails against breakage while also relieving dry skin. To retain maximum moisture, apply Sebamed Hand & Nail Balm and cover with moisturizing hand gloves for an easy overnight treatment.
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