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Q: I'm planning a ski trip this winter. What steps should I take to keep myself and my skin hydrated?
A:Just as you would pack a special wardrobe for a trip to a colder, drier climate, you should adapt your skin-care routine to a new environment. Long, hot showers and bar soaps can strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry, dull, and itchy. Instead, limit your showers to 10 minutes, and pack a travel-sized moisturizing body wash. When you get out of the shower, pat your skin dry (don't rub) and then apply a rich body cream to seal in moisture. Look for ingredients like glycerin, which is a humectant, meaning that it helps hold water in the top layers of your skin, keeping it hydrated without feeling greasy.
While the rest of your body may be bundled up, your face will be exposed to the elements and deserves extra attention. Most important, be sure to use sun protection on the slopes. In addition, keeping your skin hydrated will minimize dry, flaky patches and help your makeup go on smoother. To prevent overdrying, switch to a mild, milky facial cleanser instead of one that foams. Choose a moisturizer that's heavier than the one you usually use, to make sure your skin stays hydrated. If you have dry or sensitive skin, skip the toner and use rich moisturizing creams (rather than lighter lotions) to help minimize moisture loss. Even oily and acne-prone skin can get flaky and needs extra hydration in dry weather. If you prefer to use toner, look for one that's free of alcohol. Then apply a light, oil-free lotion to moisturize your skin without clogging pores.
Air travel and low humidity can leave your body dehydrated, so it's important to increase your intake of water and other fluids. Avoid caffeinated drinks like soda and coffee, which can actually make you lose water. Some studies have also shown that such dietary fatty acids as omega-3 (found in fish and flaxseed oil) and omega-6 (found in evening primrose oil supplements) may help relieve dry skin by replenishing your skin's natural oils, so try to include these foods and supplements in your diet.
Last reviewed: October 8, 2008 | Last updated: October 13, 2008 This section created and produced exclusively by the editorial staff of EverydayHealth.com. © 2008 EverydayHealth.com; all rights reserved.
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