New techniques for dry winter skin relief

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -- Lotions and scrubs can be okay for relieving dry winter skin, but how about something new?

"If you live in an area that experiences cold weather, you will know that frigid temperatures can wreak havoc on your skin, both face and body, and some mistakes people make when it comes to taking care of skin are:
Keeping the house too hot-- hot temps dry the air out, so keep the temp between 68 – 72 degrees and keep moisture in the air by using a humidifier," explained Carol Dixon who is a licensed electrologist.

Other mistakes to fix are below:
-Not drinking enough water. Staying hydrated on the inside is most important. Drink ½ your body weight in ounces.
-Using harsh products with alcohol. Try switching to a gentle cleanser in the wintertime. Acne cleansers or acidic cleansers can be drying.
-Not using a moisturizer with SPF. UV light can penetrate clouds on a not so sunny day.
-Smoking is detrimental to skin health, alcohol consumption should be minimal.

"After cleaning your face, keep the skin damp before your moisturize, and cleanse off all makeup before bedtime so that the skin can breathe and pores don't clog up," Dixon said.

Wearing SPF everyday is also important as well as switching to a tinted moisturizer instead of wearing heavy makeup.

"Ingredients are key when using lotions, scrubs, etc," said Dixon. "Research what products are bio available, meaning your skin is absorbing the ingredients as much as possible."

Dixon also mentioned that scrubs and exfoliates are good but should not be used as often in the winter, instead maybe once or twice a week is sufficient.

"Laser treatments and facials can be beneficial," explained Dixon. "Laser treatment can cause the skin to be more photo and heat sensitive, so depending on what is done the client must protect the skin from direct sun exposure. Laser facial treatments can be done monthly."