Thanks to frigid temperatures and a lack of humidity, winter can really wreak havoc on your skin. Dryness, itchiness and flakiness can become the norm—but thankfully, there are a few things you can do to minimize this effect. Try these tips—and products—to keep the winter skin blues at bay.
Take Warm (Not Hot!) Baths and Showers
Hot water can seriously suck the moisture out of your skin. We know how tempting it is to sink into a hot bath when it's freezing outside, but if you stick to lukewarm water your skin will thank you later. And don't forget to use a gentle, moisturizing exfoliator to buff away flaky skin.
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Switch Up Your Moisturizer
With heat and humidity, our skin is naturally moist during the hot summer months. When the temperatures drop, however, it's time to ditch the feather-light formula and opt for something a little richer. This goes for your face, too - even oily skin needs an extra dose of moisture in an extremely cold climate. Be sure to apply lotion right after your bath or shower to maximize absorption.
Nourish Your Hands
Your hands are particularly susceptible to dryness and flakiness during the colder months -- especially after frequently washing with drying soaps, thanks to the cold and flu season. Make sure you slather on lotion several times a day to keep your hands soft and smooth, and also pay special attention to your nails and cuticles to prevent peeling.