Cold air wicks the moisture from our skin, making young hands look older and feel rougher during the winter months. Hot showers can worsen this by removing the natural oils that preserve and protect the skin’s moisture, leaving us itchy all the time. Even lips struggle to stay hydrated in the winter with the cold wind outside and dry air inside leaving them chapped and dry.

So you might ask, “How can I improve my skin health?” We’ve got some tips to help you add moisture back into your home, your body, and your skin:

  • Use a humidifier. Humidifiers not only help prevent static shocks, but they also moisten dry, heated air to help keep your skin, mouth, and nose lubricated. Your home humidity level should be at a comfortable 30% to 50%; avoid raising it higher than that because it could lead to mold, fungi, dust mites, and other dangers. It’s also important to keep your humidifier clean so that you don’t have dust and germs traveling through your air.
  • Seal your home. Improve Your Skin HealthKeep the cold, dry air outside by insulating your home and closing off any air leaks in doors, windows, attics and crawl spaces. This can involve things like caulk, spray foam, weather stripping, and professional crawl space encapsulation. The latter can be an important step in balancing your home’s moisture level, because crawl spaces tend to be neglected areas of the home that generate indoor moisture issues that affect the whole house. Another perk is that sealing off your home from air leaks will save you money on your monthly heating bill!
  • Drink water throughout the day—or if you don’t like water, tea and juice are good alternatives.
  • Take shorter showers. You might not expect it, but heat and steam can dry out your skin in a big way. Long, hot showers may feel good when it’s cold outside, but it’s a better idea to turn the temperature down, use a gentle soap, and get out as soon as you’re clean. Showers under 15 minutes are the goal for improving your skin health.
  • Moisturize daily. A thick, oil-based moisturizer after you take a shower or bath will lock moisture into your skin and keep it from drying out. There are creams, gels and lotions, but ointments will provide the best protection. Also make sure to use moisturizing sunscreen with SPF 30 if you plan to go outside. Finally, use lip balm or petroleum jelly to prevent chapped lips.

Try these steps to improve your skin health this winter season, and avoid the dry, cracked and itchy skin that so often comes with cold weather.

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