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Prepare Your Skin For Winter

Dry, itchy and cracked skin goes hand-in-hand with the winter season. Changes in temperatures and humidity, indoor heating, hot showers and baths remove important oils and moisture from the skin causing dryness, flakiness and cracking of the skin. Read on for some TLC for your winter-weary skin.

Bathing. Hot water bathing breaks body oil that is easily washable. If you cannot avoid hot bathing, add oils like almond, sesame or other bath oils to your water.

Cleanse & Exfoliate. Before you begin your bath, exfoliate your skin with loofah. Avoid strong base ingredients and anti-bacterial products; opt for gentle moisturizing or revitalizing products.

Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water every day. By keeping your skin well hydrated, your skin is protected from dryness, rashes and itchiness. Avoid excessive usage of caffeine beverages that strips moisture from the skin.

Moisturize properly and your skin can remain soft and supple all through winter. Use moisturizer that has the necessary vitamins and hydration properties for your skin.

Use sunscreen in winter as you would in summer. Ideal sunscreen is one which is light, oil free and has SPF 15.