THE DRY­ING EN­VI­RON­MENT

Better Homes & Gardens - - Beauty -

Cold air equals dry air.

“If the air is dry, it sucks the mois­ture out of the skin and com­pro­mises the skin bar­rier,” says Bos­ton­based der­ma­tol­o­gist Emmy Graber, M.D., re­fer­ring to the layer of skin that de­fends against ir­ri­tants and holds in mois­ture. Weak­en­ing this layer leaves skin vul­ner­a­ble to ir­ri­ta­tion. In­door heat­ing can have a sim­i­larly dry­ing ef­fect, cre­at­ing a lose-lose sit­u­a­tion for skin in the win­ter. To keep your skin bar­rier strong and func­tion­ing prop­erly, use a cream with in­gre­di­ents that help trap and re­tain mois­ture like ce­ramides, hyaluronic acid, or both. (Try Cer­aVe Mois­tur­iz­ing Lo­tion, $12; drug­stores.)

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