Girl protecting lips with lip balm in winter

Winter offers the festivity of the holidays and the special magic of snow sports, but it also means tough conditions for our bodies–especially our skin. Keep your skin in top shape this winter with these skincare tips and tools!

1. Stay hydrated: One of the best ways to keep your skin from drying out is by increasing your water intake. Even if you don’t feel as thirsty as you do during hot summer weather, you should drink consistently throughout the day to avoid dehydration. A light, BPA-free water bottle makes steady sipping easy (and cute!). Try the skinny insulated or poly-squeeze–either can be tossed in your purse or fit in a car cupholder.

Skinny Insulated Water Bottle

2. Moisturize regularly: Regular application of quality creams and lotions is your best bet for replenishing the moisture that dry winter air poaches from your skin. Layer on cream right after a shower, when pores are open. Stash a travel bottle in your purse, car, and desk so you’re always covered. And don’t forget your lips! The skinny tube and rubber ball lip balms both come in tasty flavors.

moisturizing cream

3. Clean gently: Avoid washing with hot water, as it tends to exacerbate winter skin’s dryness. Opt for a lukewarm temperature and keep your showers short, or skip the water entirely and use a hydrating wipe to remove makeup and a hand sanitizer to eliminate germs (this one moisturizes and repels bacteria!). Also, don’t overdo the shaving or exfoliating products, which can strip away your skin’s natural protective barriers.

4. Eat (and drink) healthy: The holidays are always accompanied by appealing treats, but controlling your intake of alcohol, salt, and sugar will reduce your chances of dehydration and breakouts. Some dermatologists recommend increasing consumption of fish in the winter, as the oils they contain help nourish skin.

5. Reduce environmental dryness: Humidifiers increase the water level in the air, which is important when heating systems are pumping out dry air. Turn down your heater’s temperature setting, if possible. And avoid sitting next to an open fireplace or space heater.

6. Get plenty of rest: A good night’s sleep is a vital part of any skin care regiment. Quality sleep helps reduce the levels of stress hormones in your body that can cause inflammation leading to dry, itchy skin. Rest and relaxation also help boost blood flow to your skin giving you a healthy glow. Don’t let the short, dark days of winter upset your nightly routine; try a sleep mask or a white noise machine to eliminate distractions and help you get to sleep on time.

sleep mask

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