Winter Weather Dries Out Skin; Students Fight Back

By Amanda Fusting
For Unwind magazine

Anyone who has braved a Maryland winter before knows these cold and bitter months can easily dry out skin.

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Photo by Rebecca Torchia

Baltimore native Michelle Cody, senior computer science major at the University of Maryland, has experienced the infamous Maryland winters all her life. Over time she learned how to accommodate her skin routine to the changes in temperature.

“For lips and other body parts, I use Bag Balm which is amazing and works wonders,” Cody said. “Also [try] Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Day Lotion and Night Cream. I got both of these of Amazon for a very reasonable price.”

To combat that dry and cracked skin, it is important to pile on the moisturizer.

The winter wind can also cause redness and dryness on the face, but this is nothing a homemade facemask can’t solve.

Avocados moisturize and replenish the skin. So to keep that healthy glow, take a ripe avocado and mush it into a smooth paste. Then, add one tablespoon of olive oil. Evenly apply the paste to the face, let it sit for about 10 -15 minutes and rinse.

“Make sure your skin is covered in the cold, wearing gloves especially when you want to text or call when you’re walking to class,” Cody added. Although inconvenient, gloves can save the hands from unnecessary pain and dryness. Try gloves with fingertips that work on touch screens. It’s the perfect compromise in cold months so you don’t have to give up using your phone on your way to class.

In general, stay covered up and moisturized this winter, because the bitter, snowy winds can wreak havoc on anyone’s skin.


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