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Surviving the Season-- Winterizing Your Skin

Surviving the Season-- Winterizing Your Skin

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Coco Warner reportingWinterizing cars and homes may be natural things we think about this time of year. But what about our skin?

Skin is the largest organ, and it can take quite a beating during the winter months.

Think about if any of this sounds familiar-- dry, scaly skin, rough patches, redness-- maybe just an overall dullness. If I'm describing your complexion right now, don't panic. There are some simple things you can do to help your skin survive the winter.

Crystal Rigby/Skin Esthetician: "Usually I start with just a basic cleanser to get all the dirt, oils, any bacteria off the skin."

First things first-- try to get rid of the summer build-up on your skin. People spend a lot more time outside and that can take its toll.

Crystal Rigby/Skin Esthetician: "By eliminating the top layers of skin, you can brighten it, soften it, make it so you can hydrate easier."

The best way to help your skin turn over? Use a scrub with microbeads in it.

Crystal Rigby/Skin Esthetician: "Even if you just use the fingertips and work with it and take your time-- two to three minutes-- really work with that skin. Get it off."

Crystal says microdermabrasion is also a great way to work off skin layers and help alleviate the sun damage and dry roughness that shows up come winter.

More advice-- try not to eat so much junk food. Don't forget your sunscreen even though the sun's not out. And moisturize!

Crystal Rigby/Skin Esthetician: "I don't think people moisturize their skin nearly enough, especially here in Utah."

When we talk about winterizing the skin, one of the most important aspects is hydration.

Crystal Rigby/Skin Esthetician: "A half gallon of water is eight of these, and that's the minimum that's required. I try to get my clients to drink 10 to 15 of these a day."

Crystal says best case scenario for the skin-- people would drink nearly a gallon of water every day!

Here's a quick list of some skin dos and don'ts:

Drink water
Eat healthy
Use sunscreen
Use a scrub
Consider microdermabrasion as an option
Don't pick/touch your skin

If you're feeling a bit glum about life-- tomorrow, we'll talk about ways to beat the winter blues.

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