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Question: In the wintertime, what’s the best way to get rid of dry skin?

Answer: Harsh winter winds and those tempting hot showers can be rough on any skin type. During these chilly months it’s more important than ever to focus on skincare.

It can sometimes be a necessary to switch daily moisturizers every season. Using something with an oil base provides a layer between delicate skin and the winter elements. Cocoa butter based lotions work wonders as well, like Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E. Not only does it smell amazing, but it’s super thick and amazing on many skin tones. If you’re worried about breakouts, look for a facial moisturizer that is labeled as noncomedogenic, such as Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion. A great lip balm applied right before bed will keep your lips from looking cracked and dry.

Jumping into a boiling hot shower after being outside in the cold may sound blissful, but showering with ultra-hot water temperatures will in all actuality strip the natural oils from your skin. Switch to warm water or limit your shower time. Want to maximize your moisturizer? Apply directly after showering, while leaving the bathroom door shut. This way, the humidity will help the skin absorb the cream at a quicker rate while damp skin will help lock in moisture. Using a humidifier in rooms that are heavily used (like your bedroom) can help pump moisture into the air, which will ultimately benefit your skin.

Foaming cleansers are gentle enough for the most sensitive skin types, while still quite effective in removing all traces of makeup. If you feel the need to exfoliate, skip gritty scrubs – they tend to dry skin out.

Even in the wintertime, It’s important to remember sunscreen. The Earth is closest to the Sun during the winter months, and if you want flawless skin, it’s important to be wary of those UV rays. Snow and ice reflect UV rays, and windburn + sunburn are definitely a nasty combo. Slathering on at least 30 SPF on a daily basis will protect skin. Also consider layering up with scarves, hats and gloves when you have to step into the cold.

When grocery shopping load, up your cart with foods containing mono-saturated fats and omega 3’s like fish, nuts, olive oil and avocados. Eating foods rich with Vitamin C will cause the body to produce more collegian.

Drinking large amounts of water will not only help put moisture back into the skin, but it also keeps the entire body hydrated. While you may not feel as thirsty during the winter months, it is still important to stay hydrated and healthy. Oh, and if you’re a caffeine addict, good news: herbal tea is also great for your skin as well!