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The cold weather and low humidity levels of winter can steal your skin’s moisture, causing it to dry out more quickly than in the summer. Winter skin requires a little more care than summer skin to keep it healthy and soft, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are some simple tips to keep your skin radiant and smooth throughout the colder months.

1. Wash in Lukewarm Water.
Hot water can strip away your skin’s natural oils, so washing with lukewarm water is better. Especially when only washing your face and hands.

2. Moisturize After Washing.
Applying moisture immediately after washing helps seal the dampness into the skin. Keep a bottle of moisturizer near the bathtub and sink. Use it liberally each time you wash.

3. Rethink Your Moisturizer.
We all love a good bottle of pumpkin vanilla cinnamon roll lotion, but it’s important to consider more than a fragrance when choosing a moisturizer. Avoid anything with petroleum-based ingredients or alcohol, which can further dry out your skin. Look for a formula with nourishing ingredients that help lock in moisture and soothe dry, itchy skin.

4. Protect and Hydrate.
Gloves and scarves can help protect your skin from harsh winds and cold rain. It’s also important to continue your sunscreen regimen through the winter months. The winter sun can still damage your skin. Be sure to apply sunscreen to any exposed areas. Hydration is also key to healthy winter skin. Drink plenty of water along with those hot cocoas and ciders.

5. Get a facial.
In the winter months, it’s especially important to have a professional treat your skin issues. Schedule an appointment with a dermatologist or aesthetician to make sure your skin is in the best health possible. A hydrating facial can be a great way to add moisture to your skin during the winter.

Winter can be damaging to skin, but it doesn’t have to be. Following these simple tips can help keep your skin healthy and hydrated this winter.