Chilly mornings often call for long, hot showers. Though they may help wake you up, the increased heat and time in the shower or bath actually decreases the moisture in your skin. Limit time in the shower or bath to 10 minutes and opt for warm water instead of hot. If you typically add oils to your bath for an extra-hydrating boost, try applying them to your skin before you get in the tub instead.
Make daily exfoliation part of your pre-moisturizing ritual. Right before you get in the shower, brush dry skin from the soles of your feet with a loofah, exfoliating gloves or a body brush. Once you are in the shower, continue the process by scrubbing in small, circular motions with an exfoliating cleanser. Rub extremely rough spots, such as your heels, with a pumice stone or stick. Exfoliating your skin is one of the best ways to improve skin's texture and minimize the signs of aging.
Moisturizing your skin daily is the other best way to improve skin's texture, keep it looking healthy and protect it from the elements and aging. Along with hydrating your skin, it helps to boost collagen and elastin levels. Lotions and creams soak into your skin and hydrate more effectively when your skin is still damp, so the best time to moisturize is right after a shower or bath. After you step out of the shower, gently pat your skin dry with a towel and apply your moisturizer. Look for a lotion that has ingredients such as vitamin E and aloe to help heal, moisturize and protect dry skin. For especially dry areas, opt for a cream. Body butters and creams are typically concentrated formulations that are meant to help repair damaged or rough skin, and they're especially handy during seasonal changes. Choose a daily moisturizer such as Carmex Healing Lotion to ensure that your skin gets the daily nourishment it needs.
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