What to pack in your skin’s winter survival kit

Health

If you’re using a face scrub, make it a priority to find a product formulated with skin-friendly moisturizing ingredients like jojoba beads, poppy seeds and pumice.

(WFXR) — With the holidays closing in, it also means enduring the colder and drier months. These months can disrupt your skin’s barrier during the winter.

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Association says that it is especially bad for those who deal with conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

To help make sure your skin is winter-ready, the AAD put together a survival kit to help you get through the winter blues.

FACIAL CLEANSER

You want to look for products that say gentle and moisturizing on the label and avoid products that contain alcohol. The alcohol can dry out your skin.

BODY CLEANSER

You want to look for cleansers that are liquid, gel, or mousse. Health officials say that the creamier the body cleanser is the better it is for your skin. If you suffer from eczema, you want to look for products that contain petrolatum, shea butter, and silicones.

FACIAL MOISTURIZER

When browsing the shelves for a facial moisturizer you want to keep in mind that lighter lotions may not protect your skin from the colder and drier elements.

Instead, doctors suggest you look for products that contain creams, oils, or balms. Doctors say that products containing lactic acid moisturizers can help exfoliate dry, flaky skin while locking in sky hydration.

BODY MOISTURIZER

Doctors suggest that you apply moisturizers to your skin when it is still damp after a shower or bath. They say it will help trap moisture in the skin.

When looking for a body moisturizer you want to find ointments and creams that you squeeze from a tube or scoop from a tub. Doctors suggest that the thicker the formula the more moisture it packs. Other ingredients to look for are glycerin, lanolin, mineral oil, petrolatum, and shea butter.

REJUVENATING PRODUCTS

If you are looking for a rejuvenating product, doctors suggest that you stay away from products containing anti-aging ingredients. Instead, look for products that have a lower concentration of harsh ingredients.

SUNSCREEN

Sunscreen is a product many dermatologists say we should be wearing year-round on areas that are not covered by the sun such as the face, neck, ears, and hands.

When thinking about what products to buy, look for creams instead of lotions or sprays. You also want to make sure your sunscreen has an SPF of at least 30. When you are out and about, always look for shade and wear gloves and sunglasses with UV protection.

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