6 Ways to Help Your Skin Survive Winter

Wintertime brings peppermint mochas, snuggling and holiday cheer, but its chilly, dry air can be detrimental to your skin. This year, use the snow as your inspiration and help your skin glow! Follow these easy tips to get your most beautiful winter skin.

1. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Wellness expert Peggy Hall says skin needs to be nourished from the inside out to keep it hydrated and healthy. Avoid letting your skin dry out by moisturizing after your shower. In order to keep your body hydrated, slather a rich moisturizer generously all over your body.

A steamy shower may feel amazing when it’s cold outside, but don’t overdo it. Make sure to use warm (not too hot) water in order to keep your skin moist. Your natural oils exhaust when water is too hot, making it drier!

Make sure to use skin-specific products when it comes to your face as well. Each skin type is different, so make sure to find a product that carries enough oils to leave your skin dewy.

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Also, try out a tinted moisturizer. This will double as your bronzer and your skin’s best friend, giving you an effortless wintertime glow. Most tinted moisturizers contain sunscreen—a necessary protector when you’re outside. Try Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 ($43 at Sephora).

2. Exfoliate

During the winter months, you’ll often have a buildup of dry skin due to the harsh temperature changes. Get rid of these dead skin cells by gently exfoliating with a scrub. Be sure to exfoliate once a week during your shower. This encourages new skin growth and leaves your skin smooth and healthy-looking.

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After exfoliating, be sure to moisturize. This will keep your skin looking hydrated and lustrous. When the cold air hits your skin, lotions become your best defense against dryness.

3. Cover Up

Do your best to cover your skin from the brisk winter air! Be sure to wear multiple layers to ensure comfort and coverage in all temperatures. Use the cold to your advantage and bundle up in style; have fun with it!

Try to utilize your unique wintertime style by rocking a cozy beanie or fun head wrap to protect your face and ears. Match this with a scarf and a pair of cozy gloves to keep your hands warm and moist! However, carrying around a portable hand cream is a great fix for when those gloves come off.

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