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December 17, 2007

Winter-Proof Your Skin

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Even the most luxurious lip gloss can't salvage chapped lips. Time to think beyond the balm and treat lips to the same TLC the rest of your face enjoys. Lorencin Northrup is a big advocate of exfoliating (a mixture of fine salt and olive oil is an effective home remedy) and reapplying moisturizer regularly. "Here's a secret: Use your richest eye cream on your lips!" Fortunately, it usually comes in small jars, so it's easy to stash in your bag. Note: Be sure it's a "hydrating" formula, not "firming" — which is code for drying. For painfully chapped lips, Dr. Linda Stein Gold of the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit recommends a dab of hydrocortisone cream once a day for no more than a week.

Hands take a ton of abuse (think about all that hard-core sudsing and washing you do to avoid the office flu). If you find wearing gloves to bed after slathering on hand cream just a little creepy, do like spa pro Walsh and slip them on for 30 minutes while watching TV. Or wrap hands in plastic and wear heated spa mitts from time to time. "Fifteen minutes later, you'll notice a big difference," she attests. If you've tried everything and your hands are still severely irritated, time to pay your derm a visit.

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