Winter Dry Skin – Part 2/2

Internal hydration simply means drinking plenty of water throughout the day. The exact number of glasses of water that are best is a ongoing debate but I think everyone can agree on 6-8 glasses/day. The more important thing to focus on though is actually drinking enough water on a daily basis. For example: carry a water bottle with you, take a detour past the water cooler, or make tea. Make a habit out of it. Your body … your skin will love you for it.

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If your skin does become cracked and/or irritated… take care of it right away, in order to avoid infections and to speed healing. This means disinfecting cuts and using bandaids when necessary to keep out dirt and germs. And, most importantly, remember that prevention is key.

Find a moisturizer that works for you. Avoid lotions with one of the following alcohols as the main ingredient: (isopropyl alcohol, SD alcohol 40, ethanol = ethyl alcohol = denatured alcohol, methanol, benzyl alcohol) as they can be drying. For more intense moisturizing use creams or oils, leaving your skin slightly damp before use for best effect. And avoid harsh soaps. Keep in mind that well hydrated skin is less injury prone and heals more quickly.

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