We all know the feeling of winter, and our skin can feel it before the local meteorologist has the chance to tell us it’s coming.  The following are tips to help you combat the harshness of winter, without being harsh to your skin.

#1: Amp Up the Moisture

Our faces tend to be the areas most vulnerable to cold weather dryness. In the mornings, use a regular moisturizer that works well with your makeup. Before bed, use a moisturizing oil such jojoba, grape seed or coconut.  Be sure to lightly pat this into your face, as rubbing it in can clog pores and cause breakouts.

#2: Drink More Water

Keeping your skin hydrated is as much about what you put into your body as it is about what you apply topically. By drinking sufficient amounts of water, and even more in the winter, you can help your skin feel and look nourished.

#3: Add Supplements

If you’re already at maximum hydration, another option is to add vitamin C, zinc, or an omega-3 supplement to help your body boost its production of collagen and elastin. These proteins keep your skin glowing and smooth.

#4: Simmer Down

When the weather gets colder, it’s tempting to use hotter water. Unfortunately, bathing in very hot water can remove the natural oils from your skin, leaving your face and body dryer than before. Try using lukewarm water instead–your skin and hair will thank you!

#5: Don’t Underestimate Sunscreen

Although the weather may be dreary, UV rays are actually stronger on partly cloudy days. This means that leaving your skin without proper sun protection can lead to permanent damage, and sun damage can leave your skin feeling dry and rough. To avoid this, opt for a moisturizer that offers SPF protection.

#6: Use a Gentle Exfoliator

It may seem counterintuitive to use something that scrubs your face, but ridding the skin of dead cells is essential for beneficial oils to penetrate the skin’s surface. For the face, you can use a microdermabrasion tool (start by using once a week and see how your skin responds) or an exfoliating cleanser. For the rest of your body, sugar scrubs are a great way to gently remove dead skin cells.

#7: Invest in a Humidifier

Sleeping next to a humidifier is another great way to keep your skin moisturized, and it’s extremely easy to work into your skincare routine. Simply turn it on before going to bed and wake up with refreshed skin! Apart from the great benefits to your skin, a humidifier can also reduce your risk of getting a cold or the flu.

Winter may be harsh, but your skin doesn’t have to show it. Following these tips can give you that summertime glow all year round. Share your favorite tips and let us know how these worked for you.