Colder months present unique challenges for keeping skin moisturized, protected and smooth. Follow the tips below during the fall and winter months to avoid dryness, itching and other skin damage associated with dry, cold weather.
* Moisturize. Keeping the moisture level up in your skin is important all year-round, but it's an absolute necessity when the dry, cold air arrives.
* Humidify. If you find yourself constantly suffering from dry skin, try sleeping in a room with a humidifier, so skin can take a break from being exposed to dry air.
* Protect yourself from the sun. Even though the weather isn't warm in most places, the sun can still harm skin during the winter months, so be sure to apply sunscreen before heading outdoors for extended periods.
* Adjust bathing habits. A piping hot shower may feel like just what you need on a cold day, but skin care experts recommend turning it down a bit in temperature for a more skin-friendly wash. Use gentle soaps and cleaners that allow your skin to retain as much of its natural moisture as possible.
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