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Combating dry skin in winter

Dear Readers: Winter’s dry air, low humidity and freezing temperatures can do a number on the skin. Do you adjust how you shower? Frequent long, hot showers can dry out the skin, leaving it red, irritated and inflamed.

A five-to-seven-minute shower with warm (not hot) water is best, and many are good to go showering every other day. Moisturizing body wash is better than bar soap; the bar soap can remove necessary oils from the skin.

Also, it’s better to shampoo less. Skipping a day is OK. If your hair is slightly oily, reach for a dry shampoo. Shaving through the winter? Make sure skin is gently exfoliated and plied with a rich shaving cream.

Finally, gently pat the skin dry with a soft towel; don’t scour. Apply a creamy lotion that absorbs into the skin. — Heloise

Easy clean

Dear Heloise: We use our blender a lot; freezer-section frozen fruits can mix with yogurt and almond milk to make delicious smoothies. However, I have trouble keeping the blender clean. — Julie B., Fort Wayne, Ind.

Julie, don’t panic — it’s not hard. Put two to three drops of liquid dishwashing detergent in the blender, and fill halfway with water. Turn the blender on for just a few seconds, then rinse. No more strawberry seeds! — Heloise

(Heloise is a columnist for King Features Syndicate. Send a hint to P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or E-Mail: Heloise@Heloise.com.)

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