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5 Remedies For Dry Skin

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The colder weather is great for having fun in the snow and cuddling up indoors, but it can do a number on your sensitive skin. You may notice that your commonly dry spots are even worse than usual, and the parts of your body that are exposed to the cold air - like your lips and hands - are especially dull and cracked. However, making small changes to your routine can keep your skin looking and feeling its best in the colder months.

1. Exfoliate and Moisturize Regularly
Keep flaky, dry skin at bay by periodically exfoliating in the shower. Opt for body washes with beads that can help scrub away dead skin cells, and use a loofah to exfoliate even deeper. After showering, your skin can become especially dry, so it's important to apply lotion liberally to your entire body immediately after patting dry. Oils and jellies can provide optimal moisture, and work even better than some of the heaviest duty lotions. Pay extra attention to troublesome areas like your knees and elbows. For even more moisturizing help, try applying lotion to your feet at night and covering them up with a pair of socks to seal in moisture and wake up to softer skin.

2. Stay Hydrated
Water makes up the majority of your body. As a result, dry skin and chapped lips can be a sign of dehydration, so increase your water intake to soothe dry skin and replenish your body's levels. It's typically recommended that you drink at least eight glasses of fluids every day, and you should be drinking even more if you're especially active or sick - a common concern during the colder months. Staying hydrated can make your skin softer and more vibrant, and also reduce your chances of getting sick, which can add to its dull appearance.

3. Change Your Diet
What you eat also plays a major role in the quality of your skin. The colder weather is the perfect excuse to drink a luxurious cup of tea or enjoy a hearty soup alongside your dinner. Not only do both help you warm up, but they can also combat dry, scaly skin by keeping you hydrated. You might also want to opt for types of fish that are high in fatty acids, which can improve the look and feel of your skin. Similarly, vitamins A, C and E can all help keep skin soft and vibrant, so load up on fruits and vegetables whenever possible.

4. Wear Proper Materials
Wool and other rough clothing are great for keeping warm in the winter, but they can irritate and dry out your skin. Instead, opt for a puffy coat made of soft materials, and wear clothing made of fabric like cotton, corduroy and cashmere that will help keep you warm without causing uncomfortable friction. If you must wear irritating fabrics, make sure to layer with softer clothing that can act as a barrier to the harsh fibers.

5. Humidify Your Home
When the air in your home is free of moisture, like it is during the winter months, it sets the stage for dry skin. These conditions can cause the natural dampness in your skin to evaporate, which can deplete your body of moisture. Invest in a humidifier, like the Holmes® Warm Mist Humidifier, to keep the conditions ideal for a soft exterior. Best used in rooms as large as 250 square feet, the humidifier projects steam into the air, which can create an environment that soothes dry skin and keeps your face looking fresh and dewy.