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We are deep into winter. Has it been wreaking havoc on your skin? This can result in dryness, redness, flakiness, and itchiness. But cold and dry temperatures aren’t always to blame. High heat at home and work, long hot showers and baths to keep warm are also contributing factors.

You can still have softer, more hydrated skin this winter season by following some simple winter skin suggestions.  

Drink Lots Of Water

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In dryer climates, moisture tends to leave the skin. So you need to be extra mindful about replenishing lost moisture. Water hydrates at the body at a cellular level. Make it a goal to drink at least 64 ounces of water a day in an effort to keep you, and your skin, sufficiently hydrated.  

Eat Hydrating Foods 

Along with drinking plenty of water, you can also rehydrate skin with food. There are a number of foods that have a high water content, such as zucchini, cucumber, peppers, celery, tomatoes, leafy greens, citrus fruits, and melon. These can help internally replenish fluids. These healthy foods also give a boost of vitamins and minerals that will help ward of winter colds and heighten immunity.  

Moisturize Well 

Your skin is the first line of defense against the environment. When it isn’t moisturized properly, it cannot protect you as it needs to. So, moisturize right after you cleanse; applying moisturizer to damp skin will seal in any moisture. Choose a product with hydrating ingredients like avocado and acai berry.  

Use A Humidifier 

When there isn’t much humidity in the air, more moisture leaves the skin. Add more moisture to the air with a humidifier, to keep your skin hydrated. Humidifiers can also help relieve dry sinuses and reduce airborne viruses.  


When it’s colder, skin cells dehydrate and die at a faster rate. Exfoliating regularly — about twice a week — will help eliminate dead skin cells that interfere with new cellular growth. Dead skin cells also keep underlying cells from receiving enough moisture. So, be gentle and slough off the dead skin from your hands, lips, and face. This helps your moisturizer get to work.  

Use Lukewarm Water!

You may really want a hot shower during winter, but it does no good for your skin. Lower the temperature to lukewarm, to keep from stripping away your skin’s natural moisture barrier. Keep your showers and baths down to five to ten minutes and close the bathroom door in order to trap humidity and keep your skin moist.  

Hopefully beginning these tips soon will keep your skin smooth and hydrated throughout winter! 

Post Author: Dr. Mirza

With over 15 years of experiences as a licensed physician, Dr. Muhammad Mirza is very knowledgeable in cosmetics. Having specialized in neurology, our doctor knows exactly how to contour cosmetic products to your needs perfectly. Dr. Mirza takes his knowledge and shares it on his website, in his offices, and across various other platforms.

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