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If you were on the East Coast this past weekend, you got a little taste of what's to come: Winter! From cold, frigid outside air to dry indoor heat, winter can really wreak havoc on your skin. A few minor adjustments to your skin care routine can keep your skin looking gorgeous all season long. Here are a few tips that don't cost a fortune and are easy to implement.
1) Switch from a foaming cleanser to a more moisturizing one: We've heard this over and over again from skin care specialists: If your daily cleanser is really foamy it's also probably drying your skin out a bit. Switch to a creamier formula, and you'll give your skin a bit of extra hydration. That "squeaky clean" feeling is not always the best for your skin.
2) Don't stop wearing sunscreen: The sun can still cause damage, especially if it's reflecting off the--ugh--snow. A daily moisturizer with at least an SPF 15 is good, but a full sunscreen under your makeup and moisturizer is even better.
3) Keep your skin soft with oil: From makeup artists to skin care gurus, everyone is on the oil bandwagon now. Whether you choose a pricey organic oil or something as simple as coconut oil (a small study showed that it can help skin hydration), putting on oil immediately after a shower when your skin is still damp can help lock in moisture. Healthy, moisturized skin is a barrier to prevent infection and it also can make you look younger.
4) Stay hydrated even when it's cold: Even when you're not hot and sweaty, you need to be drinking liquids. Staying well hydrated internally will help your skin stay hydrated, too.