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Protect your skin this winter without breaking the bank

Winter can bring dry skin, no matter what your skin type, but you can protect your skin and your budget by keeping your skin care routine simple.

“It’s important to realize that products don’t need to be expensive to be effective,” said board-certified dermatologist Sheila Zahra Farhang. “A simple, three-step approach that includes cleansing, moisturizing and protecting your skin is key and that doesn’t mean you need a lot of different products. Limiting the number of products may be better for your wallet and your skin since using several different products can be costly, can irritate your skin and can make signs of aging more noticeable.”  

In addition to simplifying your approach, Dr. Farhang recommends the following tips to be skin and savings smart: 

1.    Cleanse your skin before applying skin care products and before going to bed. A gentle cleanser removes dirt, oil and debris and helps prevent clogged pores and breakouts. To prevent irritation, limit face washing to twice a day and after sweating.

2.    Get the most from your moisturizer by applying it to damp skin. Moisturizer traps water in your skin, helping it look brighter and younger. Remember to moisturize your face, body and lips, even if you have oily skin.

3.    Use sun protection to help prevent wrinkles, age spots and skin cancer. Whether you seek shade, wear sun-protective clothing or apply sunscreen, sun protection is an important part of your daily skin care. Apply sunscreen to all skin not covered by clothing.

4.    Consider using dual-function products, such as a moisturizer with sunscreen. Make sure the sunscreen is broad-spectrum and has an SPF of 30 or higher, and remember to reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating.

5.    Read the label. Look for products for your skin type that say “non-comedogenic” or “won’t clog pores.”

6.    Consider using petroleum jelly. This inexpensive product can have several uses, including moisturizing dry skin and nails and treating minor injuries.

These tips are demonstrated in “Skin care on a budget,” a video posted to the AAD website at To find a board-certified dermatologist in your area, visit

Source: American Academy of Dermatology