Q. Each winter my skin gets really dry. How can I prep it for the cold this year?
A. Cold weather and low humidity levels rob the skin of moisture. To reduce any chapping, redness, or itching, try these tips. When washing your hands or your face, use lukewarm water versus hot. This will prevent the stripping away of natural oils from your skin. Be sure to moisturize right afterward. Applying moisturizer to damp skin seals in needed moisture. Choose a moisturizer that has natural, nourishing ingredients. Those that are petroleum based can dry skin further. Wearing gloves and a scarf in winter provides protection for skin in cold weather. Also, placing a humidifier in your bedroom will put moisture back in the air. Remember, skin needs hydration from the inside and outside, so be sure to drink the daily recommended amount of water. Finally, eating foods that have a high water content, such as melons, apples, oranges, celery, and tomatoes, can help keep skin hydrated throughout the winter months.