Winter brings to mind many things: snowmen, roasted chestnuts, and dry, itchy, red skin that makes you wish for summer again. Fortunately, banishing dry winter skin is easier than you think. It’s really only a matter of adapting to a new season and making a few simple changes to your daily routine.

Make This Easy Change Around the House
If you have a humidifier, now is the time to pull it out. As soon as the heat turns on, your skin is going to start drying out. Small humidifiers placed around your home will be more effective than a large, centrally located one. If you have radiators for heat, you only need put a pot (or bowl) of water on top of a radiator to instantly transform it into a seasonal humidifier. If an old soup pot on top of a radiator doesn’t match your decor, several companies make much more fashionable radiator humidifiers you might like.

Super Simple Habit Changes
If you love taking hot showers in the winter to warm up from the cold, we have bad news. Those showers can lead to dry, itchy skin. Instead you could take a warm bath with a few drops of moisturizing oils. You’ll probably also need to drink more water, since your home heating system will dehydrate you. Try, also, exfoliating in the shower then moisturizing immediately afterward.

More Moisture from Different Sources
Moisturize more often, and consider switching to an oil-based moisturizer instead of a water-based one. Argan oil and Jojoba oil are two popular choices. You might also consider a humectant in your product to draw moisture to your skin, such as like hyaluronic acid. If your skin is already dry, avoid astringents, drying masks, or alcohol based-toners, which strip  moisture from your skin.

Treat Yourself to Winter Skin Treatments
A face mask could be waiting in the kitchen to help alleviate dry, irritated winter skin. Honey, oatmeal, and banana (with optional yogurt) is a great way to soothe and pamper, while oatmeal both exfoliates and calms, Bananas are high in antioxidants, and honey is a natural humectant. Adding a cup or two of milk to a (not-too-hot) bath is another skin treatment that’s perfect for the colder months of the year — the lactic acid will do wonders for your skin.

Creating a few nourishing habits will have you ready for the dead of winter, with everything you need to look great all season long.

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