Minus winter dryness

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Winter brings cheer with the holiday season, but it also brings dryness, chapped lips and split ends.

Dryness is common during winter, so be mindful of your body because winter elements may suck the moisture right out of you.

According to the WebMD.com article “Prevent and Soothe Chapped Winter Hands,” lack of moisture causes dryness. In winter, humidity in the outside air plummets. Being inside is drier, as indoor heating creates desert-like conditions.

There are a few simple precautions you can take to keep your skin, lips and hair soft and smooth as they were in the summertime.

Hydration keeps your locks, lips and skin from drying and breaking. It is the same as drinking water – you drink to quench thirst and stay hydrated. Your body craves moisture, which is why lip balms, lotions and creams help prevent dryness.

Chapped lips are uncomfortable. They are common during winter and can be very painful. Carry a moisturizing lip balm on hand to keep your lips feeling soft and supple.

To prevent your skin from becoming dry and rough, apply thick body cream daily to keep your skin feeling smooth. Before applying lotion, use moisturizing shower gel or body wash. This jump-starts hydration before applying anything else.

Since the face is exposed, keeping it soft and moisturized is important. Depending on skin type, find a moisturizer that suits you. Moreover, SPF is not just for summertime. Be sure to find a moisturizer with SPF to protect your skin from UV rays.

Do not forget about nails. The cuticles can get dry, which causes tearing and peeling. Invest in cuticle oil that you can massage around your nails to keep them soft and painfree. Massage the oil in and around each nail bed and rinse off after five minutes.

In winter, feet are covered and protected. However, that does not mean they should be neglected. Avoid rough, cracked skin by soaking them. Use a heavy-duty, moisturizing foot cream to keep them soft.

Not only can skin but also hair gets dry during winter. Prevent hair breakage, frizziness and split ends by using moisturizing hair care products. Condition during every wash and invest in a deep conditioning treatment, which will leave your hair looking healthy. If you prefer using heat to condition your hair, use serums or creams.

Out of every tip to staying hydrated, the most important is to drink more water. The only cause for dryness, besides the weather, is lack of hydration. By drinking water, the body remains hydrated and your skin looks as healthy as it did during the summer.

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