Winter Skin Care Secrets

The experts at the American Academy of Dermatology offer these top skin care tips:

  • Use soap only on select area of the body to avoid dryness.  Unless you have really oily skin, just plain water does the job to get you clean.  But you do need to use soap on your face, under your arms, and in the groin area.
  • Limit showers and baths to ten minutes and use luke warm (not hot) water.  Apply moisturizer within three minutes after you shower or bathe.
  • Don’t smoke.  Smoking causes wrinkles.
  • Wear sunscreen.  Even in the winter, use sunscreen every day.  Many skin care lotions already contain sunscreen.
  • Your skin reflects what you eat.  A balanced diet rich in vitamins can make a real difference in how your skin looks – from the inside out.
  • Do as little as possible to your hair.  Less is more with hair care.  Repeated perms, coloring, waving and straightening can damage hair and make it break off easily.

From: American Institute for Preventative Medicine

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