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How To Help Your Skin Fend Off The Harshness Of Winter

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Winter can be particularly harsh on your skin. (CBS)

Winter can be particularly harsh on your skin. (CBS)

Mary Kay Kleist Mary Kay Kleist
Mary Kay Kleist is a meteorologist for CBS 2 Chicago. Kleist joined...
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CHICAGO (CBS) — Chilly temps and dry heat can do a number on your skin. As CBS 2’s Mary Kay Kleist reports, there are simple ways to make sure winter doesn’t make you look old.

In winter, low humidity outdoors combined with dry indoor heat robs skin of moisture.

“The important things to think about doing with your daily routine during the winter time is to repair, replenish, and protect. The skin barrier, when it stays intact, helps prevent dehydration and dryness of the skin,” says Jill Weinstein, a dermatologist with the Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group.

Dr. Weinstein suggests using creamier makeup and moisturizers.  Go for products with sunscreen.  UV-A rays are still strong in the winter. Instead of licking your lips, swipe them with an oil-based lip balm.  Eat foods loaded with vitamins and antioxidants to help your skin.

Trade the long, hot bath  for a short, warm shower. Rehydrate overnight by keeping a humidifier in the bedroom.

Here is the list of skin-boosting foods:

*Salmon – a great source of niacin, which is a B vitamin that can keep skin cells healthy.  Selenium in salmon is an antioxidant that will help protect your skin from sun damage.

*Avocados — this fruit is loaded with essential oils and B-complex vitamins that nourish your skin, inside and out.

*Mangoes — loaded with vitamin A.  This helps to repair skin cells.  If you don’t get enough vitamin A, the result will be a dry, flaky complexion.

*Almonds — they carry vitamin E, which is an antioxidant that can help in fighting skin-aging free radicals.

*Cottage cheese — the selenium and vitamin E in the cottage cheese gives us a powerful free radical-fighting antioxidant duo.

*Soybeans — these are protein-rich to help the skin stay firm.

*Mushrooms — rich in riboflavin, which is a B vitamin that helps with tissue maintenance and repair.

*Sweet potatoes – these are rich in beta-carotene.  Your body will convert this to vitamin A, which helps to shed dead skin cells.

*Papaya — this fruit is high in vitamin C.  Vitamin C is one of the best antioxidants for protecting skin from damage that leads to wrinkles.

*Flaxseed oil — omega 3’s are good for your skin.  Flaxseed oil is one of the best sources.

One last tip: Cutting back on refined sugar can do wonders for your skin.  Refined sugars cause an inflammatory reaction in the body that can add years to your face.

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