Inexpensive ways to care for your body during winter

January 17, 2011 3:01:55 PM PST
This time of year, many of us take steps to winterize our cars and homes, but it's also a good idea to protect your skin, hair and lips during the colder months. The good news is you don't have to spend a fortune to do it.

For dermatologists this is the busiest time of the year, and in some cases, patients find themselves in the emergency room with severe dry skin. But before it gets bad, we have some inexpensive treatments and products to get your skin moisturized.

For Dr. Esta Kronberg, the dry winter months bring her a lot of business.

"We see a lot if winter eczema, a lot of rashes because the air is dry, it's cold," she said.

They're rashes that Dr. Kronberg says could have been prevented with a daily routine.

"You want to use some good gentle products; you want to use fragrance-free products and that can alleviate the problem before it gets out of hand," she said.

For everyday moisture, don't buy expensive moisturizers.

"The best of the best is in your drug store," Dr. Kronberg said.

Products like Cetaphil, Aveeno and Neutrogena are fragrance-free so your skin is likely to be less irritated. It's this same advice the beauty experts at the Upper Hand give to their clients.

Rachel Gower, who works at the Upper Hand, has tested dozens of products. For dry cracked lips she says use a lip balm like Blistex's Deep Renewal Anti-Aging Treatment for $4. At night, she says Neosporin's Lip Health Overnight Renewal Therapy for $6 works wonders.

"I use the Neosporin on my lips every night before I go to bed and it really helps me a lot," Gower said

For a little extra TLC, exfoliate your lips at home once a week.

"Take your toothbrush, dampen it a little bit and just very gently rub it over the lips and follow that with your petroleum jelly product," Gower said.

For dry, cracked hands, Gower recommends Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion for $8.

To get moisture back into your hands, you can actually use a home remedy that includes baking soda and a little oil.

"It's the most similar to our body's own natural oil, so our bodies understand it and absorb it much better," Gower said.

Make a paste in your hand, gently rub into your skin, then rinse and finish with lotion.

For the face, to knock out dry red skin, clean your skin with apple cider vinegar and allow it to soak into the skin. Then apply a thin layer of pure aloe vera gel to the skin.

To prevent dry, static hair, try a hot oil treatment with jojoba. Heat up the oil and after you have washed your hair, squeeze some oil into your hair and run it through your mid lengths and ends. Wait one minute, rinse with warm water and style as usual.

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