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Winter skin care

Year-round sun protection
While seasons change, one thing remains constant: the sun. No matter what season
it is, it’s still shining, and you still need a sunscreen to protect your skin
against harmful ultraviolet rays. Wear makeup or a moisturizer with sun protection
factor (SPF) 15 on your face and all exposed areas of skin throughout the winter
to help protect your skin against sun’s damaging rays. If you participate in
winter sports, apply sunscreen with high SPF. The sunlight-reflecting quality
of snow can leave you with a severe sunburn from a day on the slopes. Apply
sunscreen especially if you are using a tretinoin-containing product, such as
Retin-A or Renova, as it makes you more prone to sunburn. And don’t forget your
lips. Make sure you wear lip balm or lipstick with sunscreen.

Can’t get enough moisture?
Coming in from the cold and can’t wait to take a long, hot shower to warm up?
Not so fast! While hot showers can warm you up, they can have a drying effect
on your skin, as they tend to deplete natural oils from your skin, leaving your
skin warm yet dry. Stick to short, warm showers instead. Pat dry, and while
your skin is still slightly damp, apply a moisturizer. For those super-dry areas
such as hands, elbows, knees, and heels of your feet, use an extra-strength
moisturizer formulated especially for dry skin. Take special care if you have
sensitive skin. Exfoliating scrubs and products that contain alpha-hydroxy acids
may worsen already dry and irritated skin. If you suffer from a severely dry
skin, eczema, or "winter itch," ask your pharmacist for a urea- based
cream or see your doctor about possible treatment options. And, to help keep
your skin from drying out, consider a humidifier to maintain adequate indoor
air humidity.

Following these tips throughout the winter months can help keep your skin from
the chapping, cracking, and irritation that a harsh winter weather, dry air
and wind, can cause.

All material copyright MediResource Inc. 1996 – 2017. Terms and conditions of use. The contents herein are for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Source: www.medbroadcast.com/healthfeature/gethealthfeature/Wintertime-Health-and-Safety

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