Friday, February 11, 2011

Dry Skin Issues

Prevent dry, cracked winter skin with short, warm showers (not long, hot ones). The energy savings will nurture your wallet and your skin.
A long, hot shower may seem like just the antidote to cold mornings, but it takes a serious toll on your skin. Hot water dissolves and washes away the protective oils in the outermost layer of skin, leading to dehydration.

Prevent dry, cracked winter skin with warm showers (instead of hot) that last less than 10 minutes. When you get out of the shower, pat your skin dry instead of rubbing, and apply an oil-rich moisturizer within a few minutes so that you lock in any remaining water on the skin’s surface. In addition to protecting your skin, you’ll also be saving on energy, since you won’t be heating the water as much, and you’ll be using less water overall.

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