Monday, March 28, 2011

Important Winter Skin Care Tips

Once the cold days and nights of winter set in many tend to abandon any skin care routine they developed during the sunny days of summer. Most no long moisturize their skin and certainly don't bother to apply sunscreen anymore. However, in order to have the best skin you need to take care of it all year round whether or not it is going to be hidden under layers of clothing.

Just because summer is over doesn't mean the damage from the sun is. The truth is that the sun's UV rays are just as harmful in winter as they are in summer. Since the skin is stripped of its natural oils in the winter due to the harsh weather outside and the indoor heating then it is even more important to use winter protection for your skin. This lack of natural oils and moisture makes the skin more susceptible to any kind of UV damage from the sun.

So during the winter you can take two simple steps to protect your skin from damage. The first step is to take cooler showers or baths or at least reduce the amount of time. While this may not seem best during the cold winters it will actually help prevent the amount of natural acid mantel that is stripped off by the hot water which leads to dry skin.

After any bath or shower you should always apply a good quality moisturizer to help keep your body's natural oils sealed inside. You entire body should be moisturized daily so that it doesn't dry out, even those areas that are covered during winter can get dried out as a result of the central heating.

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