6 HACKS FOR COMBATING DRY SKIN THIS WINTERIf you think dry, flaky skin is just the norm for the winter months, think again! There are actually tons of ways to give your thirsty face and body some relief. Here are six hacks for combating dry skin this winter:

1. Spritz your skin

While drinking water can help with dry skin, applying a moisturizing face mist is a more direct way to impact your skin. Look for a mist that contains glycerin, which is an ingredient that helps to lock in moisture. Spray it on your face anytime your skin needs extra hydration.

2. Take shorter showers

While taking a long, hot shower feels good when you're cold, it'll only result in even drier skin. Instead, keep showers short and warm in the winter. Right after you get out, and your skin is still damp, first apply body oil and then a rich body cream to lock in moisture.

3. Wear a hydrating overnight mask

A hydrating overnight mask is good for your skin. That's because masks are occlusive, meaning they introduce hydrating ingredients directly into the skin. Apply an overnight mask one-to-two times per week.

4. Treat cracked skin

Tired of rough winter hands and feet? There's a simple solution. Get a pair of white cotton socks and gloves. Apply a heavy moisturizing cream, and then wear the socks and gloves to sleep. When you wake up, your hands and feet will feel ultra-soft.

5. Don't lick your lips

When it's dry, you want to lick your lips, but this only worsens the problem. Instead, apply generous and frequent applications of a moisturizing lip balm. Choose a product that is formulated with sunscreen as well.

6. Get a humidifier

Indoor heating is a significant hydration zapper. That's why you should invest in a humidifier, which will help to restore moisture to the air.

Hydrated skin all winter long

You don't have to put up with dry skin this winter. To achieve silky soft skin, load up on heavier moisturizers, drink adequate water, use skincare products specially designed to hydrate skin, skip the hot showers, and invest in a humidifier. It's as simple as that!

References
  1. "11 Hacks for Saving Your Skin in the Winter," Cosmopolitan, November 7, 2017.
  2. "7 Foolproof Ways to Keep Your Skin Hydrated in the Winter," Elle, March 4, 2019.

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