Tips for Moisturizing Your Skin in Winter

By Antonia Greco , last updated December 22, 2011

Aside from the cold temperatures that winter weather brings, dry skin is also a battle to be won during this frigid time of year. And since alligator skin isn’t a good look on anyone, follow these tips to winterize your skin and keep it looking supple and vibrant.

Exfoliate

Exfoliation is the process in which dead skin cells are sloughed off of the skin through the use of grainy scrubs. Exfoliation is at the forefront of having hydrated skin. Think of it this way: if you put moisturizer on dry skin, the moisturizer will only sit on top of the dry skin cells. If the skin is exfoliated, however, your moisturizer will absorb more efficiently into the epidermis. Be sure to exfoliate your face and body one to three times per week and use a scrub that is gentle enough for your skin type.

Choose the Right Moisturizer

Even if you tend to have oilier skin, it is imperative to use a moisturizer during the harsh winter months. With so many moisturizers to choose from, it’s important to find one that fits your skin’s needs. Moreover, those with combination or dry skin should advance to a heavier moisturizer during the winter season. Also, remember to apply moisturizer to your face and body quickly after you get out of the shower, especially when the skin is still damp. This will help to seal in moisture.

Keep the number of showers to a minimum

While hot showers feel great during the cold months, they tend to dry out the epidermis and leave the skin dehydrated. Therefore, over-bathing will make dry skin worse and may even cause itching. In addition, be sure to avoid harsh soaps and cleansers. These also tend to have a drying effect on the skin, especially those that are anti-bacterial.

Follow these tips and you're on your way to hydrated skin!

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