Healthy skin vs. harsh winter

Woman Blowing SnowBY MARINA OSPINA
Tagg Magazine

Baby, it’s cold outside! Dry, itchy winter skin is still in full effect. With less moisture in the air, there is less moisture in our skin, and indoor heat can be just as dehydrating. Common winter skin problems may be: scaly skin, a dull complexion, or ragged cuticles. Winter does a number on our skin. The below tips should help you feel moisturized and soothed during the cold season.

For the face: Look for gentle cleansers that do not contain sulfates. Sulfates are foaming agents that create the lather you get from most detergents. Proper names you might recognize include sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), ammonium lauryl sulfate (ALS) and ammonium laureth sulfate (ALES). They’re popular cleansing agents that unfortunately strip skin of the lipid (top) layer, causing irritation. Look for moisturizers that promote the retention of water in the skin using plant based oils, and avoid mineral oil because it does not absorb into your skin or heal.

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Tagg Magazine is a print and online resource for LBT women in the DC Metropolitan and Rehoboth, DE areas.

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