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7 Ways to winterize your skin and glow all season long

While you’re packing away your fall clothes and hauling out your winter coats and boots, remember that your skincare needs to change when the colder weather arrives, too. Try these dermatologist-recommended tips to banish dull, dry winter skin. They’ll keep the focus off fine lines and wrinkles and on your gorgeous, glowing complexion all season long. And they’ll help keep skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis (which can be triggered by cold, dry air) from flaring up and getting worse.

Try creams not lotion

Lotions tend to have more alcohol content and can be more drying. A heavier moisturizer or cream, preferably one containing olive oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil or shea butter can help lock more moisture into your skin. That will give you an extra dewy glow – and prevent or soothe itchy dry skin.

Circulate skin-softening water molecules throughout your home

To counteract the dry air outside, use a humidifier to add moisture to the air inside your home. Just be sure to clean your humidifier regularly with bleach or white vinegar to keep bacteria at bay. It’s also important to change your water daily.  If you have a built-in humidifier in your home heating system, make sure it’s working properly.

Warm up with hot drinks, not hot showers

After you build that epic snowman, resist the urge to jump into a long, hot shower to warm up. It can sap all the natural moisture from scalp and skin and make them itchy and flaky. Instead, grab a hot beverage and keep your showers under 10 minutes in warm (not hot) water. Once you’re done, gently blot dry with a towel since rubbing can chafe your skin.

Wash. Moisturize. Repeat.

Speaking of showers, be sure to apply that heavier moisturizer right after a shower or bath while your skin is still slightly damp. Applying moisture to damp clean skin will lock in the moisture last longer.  Same goes after washing your hands. Bonus tip: keep a bottle of moisturizer right next to your hand soap.

Wear cotton under your winter clothes

For a winter fabric that’s warm, breathable and hypoallergenic, you can’t beat 100% cotton.   Many fabrics are great for retaining body heat, but they’re not so kind to sensitive or winter dry skin. If you just can’t bear to leave those gorgeous wool or acrylic blend sweaters in the closet, try layering a cotton t-shirt or camisole underneath.

Don’t forget your crowning glory

Dry air and freezing temperatures can damage your hair, too. Protect those beautiful tresses from the cold! Tuck them under a runway-ready winter hat or scarf. And a few times a week, take a break from hot blow dryers and heated styling tools and let your lovely locks dry naturally.

Get a personalized skincare plan

These super simple changes will keep your skin and hair glowy and gorgeous all winter long. For a personalized skincare plan to manage your skin’s unique winter needs, start your visit with one of our board-certified dermatologists.

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Raffaelo Zucco