Avoid what feels like “alligator skin.” Moisturize continually and especially during the cold-weather season. See some points below from the University of Tennessee Medical Center.
“When to Moisturize – The most important times to use moisturizer are after a bath, shave or exfoliation. For some, this might be twice a day. Moisturizing after a shower is very important because hot water strips all the moisture and oils out of your skin, leaving it parched and dry. While hot water may be relaxing, it also wreaks havoc on your skin. Never skip the moisturizer.
“Moisturizing Helps Skin Stay Young –The skin on your face, ears, neck and chest are very sensitive to environmental changes and are the most frequent areas of the body known to develop skin cancer. These areas of skin also shed cells more rapidly than other parts of the body and therefore need moisture to repair itself, which allows for younger skin cells to rise to the surface. Also, the massaging affect that is used when applying lotion helps stimulate blood circulation and new cell generation.
“Moisturizing Reduces Skin Problems—Moisturizing everyday can reduce the chance of developing extreme dryness or oiliness. Both extremes are harmful for skin and cause common skin conditions like acne.”
TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR SKIN MOISTURIZED AND HEALTHY
- “Watch the temperature of water – Hot showers and baths are not good for your skin. Shower for a shorter amount of time and with warm water. You’ll see the difference in your skin.
- “Pat dry, don’t rub dry—After a shower gently pat your skin dry instead of rubbing your skin dry. By patting dry your skin will retain more moisture you are going to seal in when you moisturize.
- “Drink more water – the moisture your skin receives also comes from your body. Drink at least 8 cups of water every day!
- “Use mild soaps and detergents—soaps and shampoos that contain alcohol strip natural oils from your skin. Look for a mild, fragrance-free cleanser that has aloe minerals and vitamins.
- “Use a humidifier – If needed, a humidifier can add much needed moisture to the air.
- “Give extra attention to your hands—hands show the affects of a dry environment more than any other part of the body. Apply hand cream after each hand washing.
- “Wear sunscreen when outdoors – nothing will save your skin more than protecting it from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Wear a low, or high, SPF sunscreen depending on your outdoor activities.
- “Apply lip balm regularly—having lip balm ready and applying it frequently helps heal dry, cracked lips. Dermatologists recommend using a lip balm that has an SPF of at least 30. This can help reduce signs of aging and skin cancer on the lips.
- “Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize”!
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