Winter Skin

Tips to prevent it from drying out

(HealthDayNews) -- Sometimes your skin signals winter's onset before your body feels its chill. The season's dry air and harsh winds can sap moisture from your skin, leaving it chapped and red with irritation.

Doctors at Duke University suggest these tips for maintaining healthy skin:

  • Continue to apply sunscreen to your face. Winter sun, especially if you're on the slopes, can leave you with serious sunburn.
  • You may need to cut back on certain skin products, such as alpha-hydroxy acids, as they may aggravate dry, irritated skin.
  • Avoid long, hot showers -- they drain skin of its natural oils. Instead, take a short, warm shower and moisturize your body while your skin is still damp.
  • Humidify indoor air.
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