On National Winter Skin Relief Day, Here Are Some Tips to Keep You Silky Smooth

As winter kicks into high gear, we’re observing National Winter Skin Relief Day, which falls on January 8. The awareness day reminds us of all the ways we can keep our skin from withering under the harshest of elements. Whether you have travel plans to the sunny Caribbean or the high altitude ski towns of Colorado, it’s always important to take care of your skin. (Fun trivia fact: your skin is your body’s largest organ!)

In the winter, the dropping temperatures outside and rising thermostats inside sap the amount of moisture in the air. Our skin is first to notice.

Aging gracefully - remaining beautifulJoshua Zeichner MD, Director of Cosmetic & Clinical Research at The Mount Sinai Hospital, makes a few recommendations to help us keep our skin hydrated through the winter. When the chill sets in, avoid the temptation to take those long, hot showers. The heat strips skin of its natural oils (called ceramides) and causes inflammation. Causing the skin cells to swell, when they dry they become loose like poorly grouted tiles and crack.

Instead, take shorter, lukewarm showers and use gentle cleansers. Harsh soaps with surfactants and claims of pH balance can be harsh on the skin. And don’t scrub! Be tender and let the water and lather do the work.

After bathing, pat the skin dry with a soft towel. Rubbing causes more irritation and inflammation. With the door closed to keep the humidity in, add a moisturizer. When dressing, wear layers. The closest layer should be made of natural fibers. Soft fabrics like flannel and cotton cause little to no irritation compared to synthetic materials. Layers also are more effective against cold weather.

Winter skin relief comes many forms. Our skin needs hydration at night, too. Adding humidity to the air with a cool mist humidifier will not only hydrate your skin but will also provide a more restful sleep.

We hope all travelers can get a little relief from the dry winter air this winter, one way or another!

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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for RTX Traveler Magazine, based in Asheville, NC. His favorite RTX destinations are on the beach: Orange Beach, Alabama, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. .

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