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Maintaining Healthy Skin in Winter Weather

The harsh, cold weather is not ideal for the health of your skin. Cold air takes the moisture out of your skin, drying it out. Many people notice their skin becomes dry, red, itchy, and flaky during the winter months. Not only does the cold air outside affect your skin, but heaters you have on in your home can also strip your skin of moisture. Keep reading below to find out how you can keep your skin healthy this winter!

Moisturize

The obvious way to keep your skin hydrated during the winter is to moisturize it! A thick moisturizer with SPF 30 is recommended. The sun can be damaging to your skin. UV light can still reach your skin even if the sun is not shining, and it is a gloomy day. It is best to moisturize right after bathing.

Avoid Long Showers

Speaking of bathing, avoid taking long showers. Taking a warmer shower than usual can prevent moisture from escaping your skin. Hot water dries out the skin. Hot water damages the outer layer of your skin. After showering or washing your face, pat your skin dry instead of rubbing it. Follow with a moisturizer. 

Drink Water

Did you know you can moisturize your skin from the inside out? Drinking plenty of water hydrates your skin cells just as using a moisturizing lotion does! What you eat can also affect your skin. By eating foods high in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, you are helping your body create healthy skin cells.

 If these tips are just not doing the trick to help your skin this winter season, see us at First Care Urgent Care. Some of the skin conditions we see this time of year include rashes, dermatitis, hives, and eczema. If you are dealing with an irritating rash, save your spot online today. We are always happy to help!