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Winter Skin Care Tips From Olay

As the winter weather hits you may have noticed that your skin is changing with the weather. Real Style Network turned to Dr. Kucy Pon, a Toronto-based dermatologist and special consultant to Olay, for her tips on how to prepare your skin for winter. See Dr. Pon’s skin care tips now to get soft winter skin.

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What are the most common skin care problems that arise in the winter? How should I be changing my skin care routine to combat the effects of winter?

As much as we love the beauty of a fresh dusting of snow, Canadian winters can be unforgiving on our skin! Here are a few of the most common skin care problems that arise in the winter and ways to defend and repair winter-withered skin.

a. Sunburns when you least expect them: Make sure your skin is protected by using a daily facial moisturizer with SPF. If you’re taking any medications, remember to check the labels. Certain medications can increase the risk of sunburn. Take extra precautions by contacting your dermatologist, family doctor or local pharmacist for more information.

b. Dry skin after taking a shower or bath: Opt for a lukewarm bath or shower that lasts no more than 10 minutes and blot moisture from your skin immediately afterwards. Then, apply body lotion after stepping out of your bath or shower.

c. Parched skin from battling the effects of winter: Moisturize! Look for moisturizers that include ingredients such as petrolatum or mineral oil to prevent evaporation and water loss from the skin.

How can I protect myself before I get dry winter skin?

In the winter months you should moisturize at least once a day, but if you’re prone to dry, flaky skin, then you should moisturize two to three times a day.

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Should I use a different type of body wash in the winter?

For best results, begin by opting for a lukewarm bath or shower that lasts no more than 10 minutes, then use a Moisture Body Wash, as opposed to harsh soaps that strip skin of their natural oils.

Are there any ingredients people with dry skin should look for or avoid?

When selecting a moisturizer, look for products that include ingredients such as petrolatum or mineral oil to prevent evaporation and water loss from the skin. Also, if you’re taking any medications, remember to check the labels. Certain medications can increase the risk of sunburn. Take extra precautions by contacting your dermatologist, family doctor or local pharmacist for more information.