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December 17, 2007

Winter-Proof Your Skin

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Photo Credit: J. Muckle/Studio D

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Sure, it’s chilly in your bathroom first thing in the morning, but don't be tempted to crank up the heat in the shower. Derms say hot water followed by cool, dry air is a key culprit when it comes to rough, itchy arms, legs, and backside. Keep showers short and lukewarm, advises NYC dermatologist Dr. Neil Sadick. To lock in moisture post-shower, pat — don't rub — yourself dry, and immediately coat skin in a thick alpha-hydroxy body lotion. "Alpha-hydroxy acids will peel away dead, dry skin, so it gets rid of the flaking while offering deep hydration," Sadick explains. Remember to lubricate your skin through your diet, too, by loading up on foods rich in essential fatty acids, like flaxseed, hemp, and olive oil. Throughout the day, wash it all down with at least six big glasses of water.

MC RECOMMENDS: Estée Lauder ReNutriv Intensive Smoothing Hand Creme, St. Ives Oatmeal & Shea Butter Moisturizing Body Wash, Jergens Skin Smoothing Cellular Renewal Moisturizer.

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