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How to Prevent Dry Skin

Dry skin is a condition that occurs mostly during the cold weather months when heating systems create much drier indoor air.  And yet for some people, dry skin knows no seasonality.

If you’ve tried “everything” to rectify the problem with little to no success, here are a few other options for you to consider.

Avoid harsh cleansers. Many skin care products are packed with fragrances, alcohol, and other chemicals that can leave skin feeling dry. Choose a fragrance-free moisturizing cleanser, preferably with natural ingredients that will restore your natural oil balance.

Use warm water. A hot steamy shower might feel luxurious, but the hot water strips your skin of moisture. Try turning hot to warm water, then be sure to pat don’t rub) your skin dry with a soft towel. Apply a gentle moisturizer while your skin is still damp.

Use sunscreen. Sunscreen isn’t just for summer. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least 30 SPF to all exposed areas of your skin any time you go outdoors.  Avoid sunscreens with skin-drying ingredients.

Dress for success. Avoid wearing fabrics, like wool, that can irritate the skin. Choose warm, breathable layers of clothing made from cotton or other natural materials.

Moisturize your home. While too much indoor humidity can lead to mold and mildew problems, overly dry air can cause sinus problems, bloody noses, and dry, cracked skin. Ideally, indoor humidity levels should be in the 30 to and 50% zone.

To add moisture to your home throughout the fall and winter months, contact GBT Heating & Cooling today and ask about a whole-house humidifier. In works in tandem with your furnace to deliver exactly the right level of humidity for your added comfort and reduced energy expense.


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