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Cold weather coming your way? Don't neglect your skin


November 2, 2012 — In some parts of Canada, winter weather has already made an appearance. As it gets colder, one skin expert is reminding people not to neglect their skin.


Experts say colder weather brings its own challenges when it comes to skin care.
Experts say colder weather brings its own challenges when it comes to skin care.

As the seasons change, our day-to-day habits change as well. 

Instead of moving the lawn, we start shovelling the snow. We shelve our flip flops, and break out the snow boots.

But the cooler temperatures also change the way the environment affects your skin, and experts say you shouldn't neglect it now that winter weather is here.

"It tends to break down the outer layer of skin really easily, so it gets dry and cracked and irritated," says Dr. Jason McWhirter, a Calgary-based skin care specialist. "That basically allows it to just not keep moisture. And then we run into all sorts of skin conditions in the winter that we don't necessarily get in the summer time."

McWhirter says there are several ways to improve the health of your skin, especially if you're prone to dry and itchy skin, such as water softeners and room humidifiers.

You can also use a glaxial-based lotion right after a shower, and Vaseline on trouble spots like knees and elbows.

"You also want to try and shorten the length of your showers," he adds. "I know that doesn't feel great in the winter time, but it makes a huge difference when you're talking about trying to keep moisture in the skin."

Be sure to keep an eye on The Weather Network for your local weather forecast.

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