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How to Cleanse Skin by Climate

Cleansing Skin in Cold Climates

The farther you get from the equator, the colder the climate becomes. In North America, these climates -- which are characterized by low humidity and bitterly cold winters -- can be found in Canada and across the northern United States. Cold climates affect your skin in a similar manner to dry climates: They strip skin of moisture and dry it out. When it's cold outside, a long, hot shower may seem appealing, but this will only further dry your skin [source: Mayo Clinic]. So keep your showers short and the water temperature moderate, and use a moisturizing body wash [source: James]. After bathing or showering, apply an oil or lotion on your skin to help it retain moisture -- oil will be more effective than other moisturizers because it prevents water evaporation from the surface of the skin [source: Mayo Clinic].

If your skin is red, tight, cracked or peeling from the dryness, apply an over-the-counter moisturizer that contains lactic acid, urea, shea butter or aloe vera as needed [source: Mayo Clinic]. If your condition is severe, talk to your doctor about a prescription moisturizing cream [source: Mayo Clinic].

Keep reading to learn how to cleanse your skin in a hot climate.