3 Easy Tips (That You Can Start Doing Now) to Prevent Dry Winter Skin

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If you’re a dry skin sufferer, you know what’s on the horizon as the colder months creep in—chapped lips, dull complexions and flaky skin, to name just a few. But you don’t have to sit back and wait anxiously for the inevitable. There are a few things you can do now to help stave off some of the most common of winter skin woes. Here are three easy ones:

1. Exfoliate on the Regs

Regularly sloughing off dead skins cells with a scrub is crucial, for both your face and body. It not only gets rid of flakes, but also preps your skin to more easily and efficiently absorb moisture. If you start exfoliating now, you’ll give your skin a majorly moisturizing head start. But limit your sessions to twice a week tops, as over exfoliation can cause inflammation and yes, dry skin.


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2. Prevent KP

If you tend to get KP when your skin gets super dry (keratosis pilaris—those icky white bumps that make your skin feel like sandpaper), try using an exfoliator with salicylic acid.


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It will keep your skin smooth while also working to prevent your follicles from clogging (and therefore nip those ugly bumps in the bud).

3. Hook Up a Humidifier

One of the biggest dry skin culprits is moisture-stripping steam heat. So as soon as your home starts warming up, plug in a humidifier. Try to have one in each room, and always keep them running when you’re home. And if you work in an office with a similar issue, see if you can bring in a mini model. You’ll be amazed at how effective this simple trick can be.

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Susan Linney


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