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The winter can bring about a wide range of skin issues, from dry patches to itchiness to a pale and sallow complexion. Fortunately, there are a number of steps that you can take to prevent this all from happening, allowing your skin to truly thrive amongst the harsh days of winter.

A Richer Moisturizer

While a lighter lotion may have been sufficient during the summer, and even the fall, now is definitely the time to be swapping this out for a richer and thicker moisturizer. Your skin loses much more moisture during these drier months, so it is important for you to be replenishing this as much as possible. Emollients, such as argan oil or jojoba, will add moisture to your skin, while occlusive ingredients, such as shea butter and coconut oil, will really help to lock this moisture in, so products containing a combination of the two are always going to be best.

Regular Skin Treatments

While creams and serums are great for the skin, facial masks are able to penetrate the skin’s layers much more effectively, meaning that their active ingredients will be much more powerful. Using a facial mask once or twice a week will really help to strengthen your skin and improve its protective barrier, enabling it to really defend itself against the harshness of winter. There are facial masks available for just about every skin issue out there, from aging skin to dehydrated skin to oily skin, so be sure to choose one that is designed to bring about the results that you are looking for.

Short, Warm Showers

It is always tempting, especially when it is freezing cold outside, to enjoy a leisurely steaming shower at the end of the day. However, hot water will only strip your skin of its natural oils, which would otherwise be protecting it from the environment around it, making it much more susceptible to damage. To avoid this, shorter showers of no more than ten minutes once a day, using warm rather than hot water, are best.

Resist Those Comfort Foods

Once the colder weather sets in, comfort food becomes much more appealing, but these do not usually contain the nutrients necessary for keeping the skin, and body, healthy during the winter. Fresh fruits and vegetables are an absolute must, with yellow and orange foods being especially beneficial to the skin, as these contain high amounts of vitamin A.

Rather than waiting for the harsh weather to begin having a negative impact on your skin, it is important to begin preparing for this from as early on as possible. From switching to richer creams to finding healthy versions of your favorite winter comfort foods, these tips will help your skin to thrive throughout the cold season.

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