As the year winds down, many people find themselves looking over their yearly goals. Most people set out to improve their health. Eating healthy, working out more, studying yoga, and learning how to meditate are all things we do to help us be better and do better. That’s all great, but you may want to go one step further and focus on improving the health of your skin.

After all, the holiday season is the perfect time to look and feel your best and say goodbye to the year that was. Starting the new year with beautiful, glowing, healthy skin will give you the boost you need to make next year your best year yet.

The most important thing you must know is that winter skin is much different from the dewy skin you had in the hot summer months. Regardless of where you are in the world, you can bet your skin changes with the seasons. Although the changes may be subtle, understand that they will affect your skin care routine in important ways.

To help you get ready for beautiful, healthy skin, winter skin, here are a few helpful tips:

1.   As the climate changes, the cooler temps and harsh winter winds cause dryness and can make your skin feel itchy. Ditch your everyday soaps and look for hypoallergenic alternatives. Also look for similar alternatives for your body care products.

2.   If your skin looks particularly dry, try applying a few dabs of moisturizer during the day and again right before bed to help your skin absorb the moisture while you sleep.

3.   Look for a new moisturizer as the winter approaches. What you used during the harsh summer months may not work as well in the winter months. Most people need a heavier, creamier moisturizer in the winter. Make sure to avoid products that contain sulfates and alcohol because both can be drying.

4.    Avoid hot water. Spending in a steaming hot tub or shower promotes dryness.

5.    Apply sunscreen even on cold, cloudy, overcast days. The sun’s rays continue to be dangerous throughout the winter months. Aside from the potential for skin cancer, there’s also the probability of promoting aging and discoloration. Don’t forget your lips either. Use lip balm regularly just as you did in warmer months.

The bottom line is that the winter months are not the time to sit on your laurels and abandon a proper skincare routine. In fact, it provides the perfect opportunity to increase your use of moisturizers and allow your skin to heal from the damaging summer rays. Read the labels. Try different products to see what works best for you. Don’t forget to do regular skin checks looking for any abnormalities and always consult a healthcare professional if you find anything unusual or have any questions.

Prevention is best when it comes to good skin and a healthy, glowing complexion.

By Julia Jaramillo

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