QUESTION: My skin always gets dry when the weather
turns cold. What can I do to prevent this?

When temperatures dip, we naturally spend more time indoors. And while it's cozy to curl up in our favorite chair next to the radiator or fireplace, the dry indoor air can do a number on our skin. According to the experts at Cetaphil, dry air literally sucks moisture out of the skin, making it itchy, flaky and uncomfortably parched. Here are some steps you can take to beat winter skin dry-out:

  • Keep air moist. Invest in a cold-air humidifier for every room you spend a lot of time in, especially your bedroom. Moist air is gentler to your skin.

  • Pump up your moisturizer. The aim of moisturizing in the winter is to lock in the water naturally found in your skin. Use a lotion or cream with ingredients such as dimethicone, petrolatum or mineral oil; these form an occlusive barrier on your skin so natural moisture can't get out. Or pick a product that contains glycerin, which actually helps draw moisture into the skin. Read about the Prime Naturals products.

  • Turn down the heat. In your shower, that is. Hot water feels great, but it actually dries out your skin. Use warm water instead.

  • Skip soap. Soap strips away your skin's natural oils, making it more likely to get itchy and flaky. Opt instead for a beauty bar or gentle cleanser such as Dove or Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar.

    I love this avocado facial recipe because it's totally natural and really works! Avocado is high in iron, potassium, magnesium, and vitamins A, C, and E. It's also rich in oils that rejuvenate your skin, reduce eye puffiness, and leave skin soft, smooth, and nourished.

    Avocado Facial

    1/2 cup non-instant oatmeal
    1 cup mashed avocado
    1-2 tablespoons honey

    Apply to face and leave on for 15-30 minutes. Wash off with warm water.

    RESOURCE: Revitol Complete Anti-Aging Solution

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