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Keeping your skin healthy during winter

Annie Corbett from The Face Foundry shares tips for healing and preventing dry, irritated skin.

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — Minnesotans are well aware that our cold winter weather can lead to dry, itchy, and irritated skin.

Esthetician Annie Corbett from The Face Foundry stopped by KARE 11 News at 4 to share some tips for keeping your skin healthy all season long.

Corbett says exfoliating and hydrating is key to fixing dry, rough skin. She suggests a mechanical exfoliant works best for dry, dead skin that is gritty and sand-like in texture. There are also other exfoliants that use chemicals which are better for people with build-up causing blemishes.

It's also important to moisturize as much as possible during the winter.

When searching for a winter skin care product, Corbett says there are certain ingredients to look for: hyaluronic acid will pull moisture out of the air and into your skin; while collagen is an ingredient that Corbett calls the "building block of youth."

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Corbett says alcohol-based products should be avoided this time of year, because they'll dry out skin further. 

Skin is also more sensitive in the winter, and Corbett says heavy fragrances can cause irritation.

Other suggestions for winter skin care include considering a humidifier to keep the air moist; also think about soft, light, breathable clothing, which can help prevent skin irritation. Sunscreen is also important during winter, since the snow can reflect the sun's UV rays.

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