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with Doreen Salo

Published: Friday, March 28, 2014 11:03 a.m. CDT

Help your skin recover from the winter blues!

We all feel them this time of year, the dreaded end-of-winter blues. Winter has left behind a list of damage to more than just the pavement!  Low temperatures, low humidity, and strong harsh winds have depleted your body’s natural oils, and left your skin in shock.

To combat the elements and bring your complexion back to life, follow some essential tips: Make sure your home is properly humidified. Even in early spring, cold dry weather can continue, and your furnace running doesn’t help. If you don’t have a humidifier built onto your furnace, you can purchase a portable one. Ideally you should keep your home at a relative humidity between 30 and 55 percent.

When shampooing, use products for dry hair, which offer a Ph between 4.5 and 6.7. Use a daily conditioner that contains little or no alcohol. In other words, rely on professional products that are specifically made for dry or color treated hair. These products will also cut down on static electricity. Regular manicures keep nails strong and healthy. In between nail appointments, use a daily cuticle oil to moisturize both cuticles and nail beds. Always use a non-acetone polish remover, and wear gloves while cleaning with harsh chemicals or doing dishes.

Moisturize your skin daily with oil-based lotions or creams. Moisturizers are far more effective on properly exfoliated skin, so use a loofah or a salt or sugar scrub on your body, and a facial scrub for your complexion. You can do this a few times a week. On days you are not exfoliating, use a creamy moisturizing cleanser that contains glycerin or petroleum.

Following these suggestions you’ll be able to beat those winter blues away and develop great routines that will take your skin glowing into summer!

Doreen Salo is the owner of Elegant Design Salon in Winfield

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