How to Prevent Dry Skin Caused by Cold Weather

As the temperature drops during the cold winter months, humidity levels often drop with it. It's these lower levels of humidity that can wreak havoc on your skin, drying it out. Fortunately, there are several ways to help prevent your skin from drying out, even during the coldest months of the year. Four methods for preventing cold weather dryness are listed below. 

The first and arguably most effective may to keep your skin from drying out during the winter months is to moisturize. That said, the most important time to moisturize is just after bathing, as water alone is enough to wash away your skin's healthy oils. Cleansers, no matter how gentle, also dry out your skin making it doubly important that you moisturize each and every time you step out of a bath or shower. 

The next method that will help prevent your skin from drying out during the winter months involves drinking plenty of water on a daily basis. Your body is made up primary of water and your skin is no different. Though drinking a glass of water isn't an immediate fix for dry skin, drinking a reasonable about of water on a regular basis will help keep your skin cells properly hydrated, which will help prevent dry skin at the cellular level. 

A third may to keep your skin from becoming too dry is to fight back against winter's lower humidity, as it's known to be a leading cause of skin dryness. One of the most effective ways to do this is installing a humidifier at your home (and office if possible) and raising the indoor humidity to a level where it will no longer have a negative impact on your skin. Keeping indoor humidity levels between thirty and fifty percent is often recommended. 

A fourth may of preventing dry skin during the winter months is to always dress appropriately for the weather. Be sure to dress in layers and cover any exposed skin to keep it protected from the elements whenever you venture outside. This doesn't mean you should overdress, however. Overdressing can cause you to become overheated and sweaty, which can over time also lead to dry, irritated skin. On the same note, if your clothes become wet from the snow or rain, be sure to change into dry clothes as soon as possible. 

Cold weather and dry skin often go hand-in-hand. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to help prevent your skin from drying out during the cold winter months. By getting a humidifier for your home and office, always moisturizing after bathing, drinking plenty of water, and dressing appropriately for the weather, you will be better able to fend off that dreaded cold weather dryness. 

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