According to Dr. Rene Martin Earles, a dermatologist in Chicago,
"Winter weather decreases the circulation and perspiration of the skin.
The skin's naturally shedding outer layer does not turn over in cold weather
as fast as in warm weather. This results in a decrease of suppleness in the
skin; it is drier and it feels more rough."
Fortunately, there are several easy ways to get rid of the telltale
signs of winter on your skin before spring is in full swing...here's some good
- Exfoliate to remove dry skin cells that clog your pores. A
simple mask made from cooled instant oatmeal can be applied for ten minutes
to slough the surface of your complexion without stripping it.
- Use a light moisturizer on your face that is suitable for
your particular skin type. As spring approaches, you perspire more and heavy
moisturizers tend to clog your pores.
- Moisturize your entire body. A good trick is to liberally
apply white petroleum jelly on your hands and feet, put on gloves and socks
and go to bed. When you wake up, you're skin will be noticeably softer.
- Avoid tanning salons that strip your skin of essential moisture
and damage it with harmful rays.
- Be cautious when first gardening outdoors. The sun is stronger
and your skin is still sensitive from winter damage, making it even more susceptible
to sunburn. Apply a sunscreen to protect your skin whenever you go outside.
- Wear gloves when doing outdoor work to protect the delicate
skin on your hands.
- Drink six to eight glasses of water every day to hydrate your
skin from the inside out.
- Try soaking your hands and feet for about fifteen minutes
in a solution made from two parts milk to one part honey – it really works!