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If you have sensitive skin, chances are it will get red, dry and itchy during winter on the face, hands and feet. Some people get skin that is so dry it starts flaking, cracking or develops eczema. Moreover, as soon as you turn the heat on inside the house, the skin dries up no matter what type of heating system you use. Moving to a warmer climate could fix this problem, but there are other steps you can follow to prevent symptoms and soothe sensitive skin in winter.

You are What You Eat

It is true what they say, beauty comes from the inside, so you must be careful what you eat and how much water you drink during the cold, dry, winter days. The dehydrated skin can benefit from a greater fluid intake, but that’s not all it takes; you also have to eat foods packed with antioxidants, such as sweet potatoes, carrots and broccoli. The antioxidants will hydrate the skin from the inside and prevent cell damage. Stay away from spicy foods like red pepper, black pepper, paprika which can trigger inflammation and choose less active seasoning like ginger, thyme and turmeric.

Plug in the Humidifier

Most people use a central heating system or space heating to warm their homes or offices during winter. These devices work by blasting hot, dry air which can affect your sensitive skin and make it look dehydrated and coarse. A humidifier is a simple solution for preventing dry skin because it gets more moisture in the air. Just place a humidifier or several small ones in your home or office and notice the immediate relief on your skin. The ideal humidity indoors should be between 30 and 50 percent and can be measured with a hygrometer, with values under or above these levels causing you problems, so make sure you set your humidifier at the correct settings.

Go to a Specialist

When nothing works and your sensitive skin starts to affect your lifestyle it is time to seek advice from a dermatologist or esthetician who can give you reliable advice. In fact, this is a much better investment than buying expensive creams which work just as well as inexpensive ones or are just not right for your skin type. A specialist can analyze your skin, determine its type, current problems with your skin regimen and recommend proper skin care solutions.

Use More Moisturizer

If you have a moisturizer that you successfully use during summer and spring doesn’t necessarily mean it will provide proper moisturizing in winter. As the temperature and weather conditions change so should your skin care routine and products used. Find a more hydrating oil-based moisturizer for cold winter days, as the oil will retain more moisture than a cream, creating a protective layer on your skin. Choose non-clogging oils such as almond, primrose, avocado or mineral oil.

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