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Meteorologists are predicting an unusually cold winter this year. Therefore we need to re-evaluate our skin care routines and take precautions against the dry skin that accompanies freezing temperatures. Our skin is the largest organ in the body. Its primarily function is to serve as a barrier to keep germs, bacteria, and viruses out of our bodies to prevent illness and disease. Dry skin is uncomfortable and makes us even more prone to getting sick. Here are some tips to prevent dry skin:
It’s very difficult to have a short and cool shower during the winter. Even though it feels good to linger in a hot and long shower, water tends to be very drying – especially hot water. Try to minimize the length of your shower and make it as lukewarm as possible.
Moisturizing is very crucial during the winter and especially after showering. As soon as you finish showering, washing your face or hands, always apply moisturizer on the skin while there is still a little bit of hydration on the skin.
Exercise promotes healthy circulation. It increases blood flow which nourishes skin cells.
Drink water to hydrate the skin from inside. Drink lukewarm or hot water, or tea without sweetener.