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Summer fun gives way to wintry winds and before you realize it you've got dry skin - chapped lips, itchy elbows, or a dry itchy “T-zone”. The following winter skin care tips can help you prevent - and treat - dry, chapped skin.

Shorten Your Showers

Long, steamy showers will dehydrate you - actually taking moisture out instead of putting it in. That's because hot water removes the skin's natural oils more quickly than warm or cold water.
Use warm water instead of steamy hot and try to limit the amount of time in your tub or shower. Afterwards pat dry, don't rub.

Your skin is the single largest organ of your body. It has three main layers occurring as the epidermis, the dermis and the subcutaneous layer.

Epidermis

The epidermis is the outermost “elastic” layer on your skin that is continually being regenerated. This layer contains the following types of skin cells:

Keratinocytes - These are the main skin cells of the epidermis formed by cellular division at its base. New cells continually move towards the surface and as they move, they gradually die and become flattened.

Double masking is the term for a long-standing effective method used by estheticians, which refers to two different techniques that maximize the benefits of masking treatments.

Good skin care will help keep your skin looking and feeling healthy. It can also help with blackheads and pimples. Here's an easy skin care routine that's perfect for kids between the ages of 7 – 12 years of age. It's just three steps.

Step 1: Wash your face.

Why it's important:

“Skin issues” aren’t caused by having a dirty face but more by sweat, dirt and oil. Keeping your skin clean is the first step in any healthy skin care routine. You should wash your face every morning and every night before you go to bed.

Many people struggle with oily or greasy skin, especially on their faces. Oily skin can be frustrating, especially when it causes other skin problems like acne and spots.

Facials, when done right, can work wonders in extracting dirt and bacteria from your pores and improving the overall look and feel of your skin. However, there may be downsides to this spa treatment that may leave your skin looking less than presentable. Consult your skincare professional before undergoing any treatment to ensure that it fits your skin type and check out the credentials of the esthetician who will be performing the procedure. Most side effects do not require treatment, but may need medical attention for more severe reactions.