Don't Neglect Your Health in the New Year!

With the New Year upon us and winter in full swing, it's important to take care of your business — but that doesn't mean you should overlook taking care of yourself. We often get so caught up with work that we neglect things like fitness, a balanced diet and maintaining healthy skin. During the warm weather season, it's easy to remember to take care of your skin, but in the wintertime, we sometimes forget while we stay bundled in our sweaters, scarves and mittens.

Woman in beanie and scarfHere are some skin care tips for winter from the American Academy of Dermatology, courtesy of Baylor Scott & White Health.

Take Shorter Showers

Long, hot showers can strip skin of its natural oils and dry it out.  Limit your time to five or 10 minutes and avoid using overly hot water.

Moisturize While Wet

Moisturizers work by trapping moisture in your skin, so be sure to apply it immediately after toweling off, while skin is still damp.

Opt for Ointments and Creams

They’re more effective than lotions at keeping skin moisturized.  Pick products with ingredients such as olive, mineral or jojoba oils; shea butter; glycerin; hyaluronic acid; and petrolatum.

Avoid Harsh Ingredients 

Steer clear of anything that can irritate dry skin, such as deodorant soaps and products that contain alcohol or fragrances.  Consider switching to hypoallergenic laundry detergents, which generally don’t have chemicals that can aggravate skin.

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Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous new year!