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Moisture Is Key to Keeping Skin Healthy in Winter

Skin care experts agree that moisture is key when it comes to keeping your skin healthy and supple during the dry winter months.

Cold winter air and home heating can cause the skin to dry out. Keeping the skin moisturized and protected during the winter months is critical.

Most people are guilty of "over cleansing" with hot water and harsh soaps that can rob the skin of its natural moisture. This effect is heightened during dry winter months, when there is less humidity in the air.

The following tips are suggested to keep your skin looking healthy and refreshed in the winter and throughout the year:

It is also suggested that you continuing to use sunscreen daily during the winter months, since ultraviolet rays are present whether it's warm or cold. Everyone, especially fair-skinned individuals, should apply a daily sunscreen with a protection factor of 15 or more every day.

This article originally appeared in UC Health Line (11/30/06), a service of the NetWellness.org Academic Health Center Public Relations Communications Department and was adapted for use on NetWellness with permission, 2006.

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Last Reviewed: Dec 05, 2006

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