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2 Your Health Winterize Your Skin

2 Your Health Winterize Your Skin

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Winter's chill comes like a thief, stealing moisture and aging us a little faster than we want.  Mount Pleasant dermatologist  Dr. Marguerite Germain says there are things you can do to protect your skin when the temperatures begin to dip. 

Dr. Germain says cold weather can cause serious skin damage. She says when the weather changes so should you skin care routine. 

"So to winterize your skin wash in cool water,  no wash cloths no scrunchies no loofahs, use soap free cleansers.  You need to moisturize within 3 minutes" Dr Germain says.

She says locking in moisture after bathing is essential.  She says make sure you add more moisture to your skin later in the day. 

"You need to reapply your moisture during the day. Get a humidifier for the work and home environment.  You are not free from the damaging rays of the sun during the winter, so use your sunscreen during the winter months", Dr Germain says. 

So how much moisturizer should you use? Dr. Germain explains 

"Just remember you are applying moisturizer the same principle applies as when you are applying sunscreen. you want to apply a full shot glass apply that to your entire body and then to your face apply a teaspoon," Dr. Germain says.

And add even more to your hands, elbows, knees and feet.

Ceramides, shea butter, hylauronic acid,  check product labels for these key moisturizing ingredients.

"I like oils as well as cottonseed oil and coconut oils and avoid products that have dyes and fragrances," Dr. Germain reminds patients.

She also suggests that you use a lip balm which provides protection from the sun and wind.

And make sure you are protecting your body from the inside out by fueling your  body with whole foods, omega 3 fatty acids and water.

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