This time of year can be tough on your skin. It's not just the dropping temperature that's to blame, but also the low levels of humidity, which rob your skin of moisture. But you don't have to suffer with a leathery complexion all season. Relieve your worst winter-skin woes with this no-sweat guide.
PROBLEM #1: Dry, flaky skin Dry skin gets worse in the winter―it's exacerbated by hot water, non-moisturizing soap and indoor heat.
TREAT IT: Switch soaps. "Buy soaps that are labeled 'mild' or 'for sensitive skin,' because they're free of skin-drying chemicals," says Diane Berson, MD, professor of dermatology at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. Moisturize properly. If your skin is slightly dry, look for a moisturizer that says "lotion" on the label. Use cream, baby oil or bath oil for very dry skin.
PREVENT IT: Use a humidifier. It adds moisture to the air, so your skin stays hydrated. Keep it running in the bedroom at night. Take cooler showers. Keep the water temperature lukewarm, not hot. Drink water. Have six to eight glasses a day and avoid coffee, soda and alcohol. Moisturize daily. After bathing, apply glycerin or shea butter lotion.