How to take care of dry skin in the winter

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - According to a nurse practitioner with St. Luke's, winter weather is dry, causing dry skin.

"It’s important to use good moisturizers. In the winter you can switch to things like creams and ointments that are moisturizing for your skin," said Amanda Weston, a nurse practitioner.

She added that having humidifiers in a home or office can keep the air moisturized.

It is also important to wear sunscreen in the winter as well, as the sun can come through the clouds and also reflect off snow.

"In the winter we love to turn up the heat and that can actually dry out your skin also," she said. "So, it’s a good idea to turn that heat down a little bit and limit your time in front of the fireplace so you don’t get dry, irritated skin."

Weston recommends taking shorter, not-as-hot showers, as long exposures to water and heat can dry out skin as well.

If you are washing your hands constantly, she advises to moisturize with lotion afterwards. You can also alternate with hand sanitizer so it doesn't take as much oils off the hands.

She added to not forget about chapstick.

"Your lips can dry out during the winter and you can find chapstick with a little bit of sun screen, that’s a little bit more helpful," she said.



 
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