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Myths & Truths About Cold Weather You May Not Know

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There is definitely a chill in the air. Summer has been replaced with Fall and Mother Nature has wasted no time getting on board. With the cooler temperatures comes dry air, cold wind and dry indoor heat. The cold weather months are not kind to skin, but you can fight back against dryness, the flakiness and the uncomfortable skin that feels like it belongs to someone else during this time and still have skin that’s soft, smooth and supple.

Let’s discuss some of the most popular myths surrounding cold weather and your skin. What your mom taught you about cold weather skincare may not be the truth. But, don’t blame her: she didn’t lie to you on purpose. What she knew then and what we know now are two different things requiring very different tactics. Ready to learn how to have beautiful skin, even in the Winter? Read on!

Myth #1: Indoor Heating Causes Dry Skin

While it certainly doesn’t help, indoor heating is not the number one cause of dry skin in Winter. Many factors come into play to cause your skin to feel tight, dry and uncomfortable: cold wind, inactivity/poor circulation, and less water consumption. Winds kick up in Winter months, and it’s cold. Cold wind causes redness and irritation, and saps skin of precious moisture quickly. Believe it or not, how much you move plays a big role in how hydrated your skin is. Decreased activity in the Winter months means poor circulation. This translates into less moisture reaching skin cells. Get up and get moving to keep your body’s circulatory system functioning properly in cold weather and to keep skin hydrated. Because you don’t do as much in Winter, your body requires less hydration in the form of drinking water. Hydrating your skin from the inside out has always been beneficial, so even if you don’t feel thirsty, drink the recommended amount of water – 8 8oz. glasses – every day.

Myth #2: Thick Moisturizer is Better

Dermatologists used to tell us that in order to trap moisture inside and keep skin supple, we needed to use a thick, rich moisturizer. These moisturizers included petroleum (Vaseline), lanoline and glycerine (Aquaphor). These products certainly do work to trap moisture inside skin, they also clog pores and smother skin, causing breakouts and irritation. Another downside to using this type of moisturizer: stained clothing and sheets. Yuck!

These days, dermatologists recommend using a moisturizer that contains ceramides like Lady Primrose Royal Extract Body Creme. Ceramides are natually-occurring lipids between skin cells that work to deliver moisture to the cells and keep it there.

 

 

 

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