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Cheap tips for calming your dry, stressed-out skin

by Linda Miller Modified: May 15, 2013 at 5:07 pm •  Published: January 28, 2009

If cold weather is wreaking havoc on your skin but the economy is causing you to rethink your beauty budget, consider these at-home tips from Dr. Ellen Marmur, chief of the division of Dermatologic and Cosmetic Surgery at the Mount Sinai Medical Center New York.

“At home facials once a week in the winter will help reduce dead skin build-up and a dull complexion, Marmur said. “Make it yourself — blend one avocado, juice from half of a lemon and the conents of a lemon-zinger tea bag. Apply to face for 10 minutes, wash with gentle face wash like Terralina, and immediately moisturize with your favorite face/neck cream, massaging for 5 minutes.”

The No. 1 tip for extremely dry or irritated skin: Don’t scrub or pick inflamed skin, and don’t wash with harsh soaps, Marmur said.

No. 2: Apply a thick ointment, such as Aquaphor, which is available at drug stores, to your neck, chest and and hands at least an hour before bed.  Either wipe off with a soft towel or wash with a gentle face wash, Marmur said.

Remember to use a humidifer in your home, especially the bedroom, to protect agains the drying effect of heaters.

 

by Linda Miller
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Linda Miller always has loved makeup and fashion, especially shoes and handbags. She admits to owning more lipsticks and glosses than many makeup artists, but she's not giving up a single tube. When she got the opportunity to move from...
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