As soon as you turn the heat on indoors, the skin starts to dry out.  The air is frigid and dry outside, and any kind of indoor heat leaves your skin even more parched. Your skin’s protective barrier can crack, making it less able to repair itself. Here are some tips for keeping your skin in great shape this winter.

Face – consider changing your moisturizer for the winter months, you may want to switch to a “night cream” as they are a bit thicker and often oil based which will give your face more protection  from the dryness.

Hands – To prevent your hands from chapping , use wipe-off, soap-free cleansers and alcohol-free hand sanitizers. When you do wash, choose a moisturizing soap-free cleanser or a hydrating antibacterial gel, then  apply a good quality  hand  lotion right away.

Feet – Keeping feet hydrated with a high quality foot lotion helps keep the skin from drying out. Wear thick socks to prevent winter footwear from rubbing on the feet, and make sure to wear a fresh pair of socks each day. Be sure to dry your boots after each use so they are dry and warm when you go outside.

Body – For arms, legs, and torso, start with a rich bath oil or moisturizing body cleanser, something that leaves a creamy film on your skin. (Be careful when getting out of the tub as these products can make your feet slippery on the bathroom floor.) A long, hot bath or shower might seem tempting when you’re feeling the cold, but it will strip your skin of moisture, if you like warmer showers keep them to no more than 10 minutes, and not more than once a day.

Sunscreen isn’t just for summertime. Winter sun — combined with snow glare — can still damage your skin. Try applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face and your hands (if they’re exposed) about 30 minutes before going outside.
Drink Water- We all get more dehydrated in the winter, so it’s important to drink more water. This is a very simple, but beneficial tip for people wanting to maintain healthy skin.

Winter Safety tips

  • Leave outside lights on if going out and will be returning after dark.

  • During the winter season ALWAYS wear boots when going outside (even if just for a minute), shoes and slippers do not have the grip needed for winter walkways.

  • Position a chair or stool near the door, sitting down will make it easier for you to put your boots on and take them off. If you have trouble getting your boots off consider a “ boot jack” to make this task easier.

  • If the weather outside is frightful, and you are not comfortable going  out, consider having the service or product brought to you! Servicessuch as Professional Footcare will come to your home during the winter season. Shoppers Drug Mart will deliver your prescriptions.   Need  groceries? Try a delivery service such as Deliveries “R” Us  in Barrie. If you do have to go out, consider safety first. Keep a supply of rock salt in the closet by the door. Use studded grippers on your boots and if you use a cane, winter picks on the bottom can really help.

  • The most important tip to keep in mind during the colder months is to ask for help. ask friends or relatives for help with errands such as grocery shopping. If you need to clear your property of snow and ice, don’t hesitate to ask a family member or neighbor, or hire a professional.

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