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With winter weather comes the inevitable – dry, itchy, uncomfortable skin due to loss of moisture. With harsh winds and snow outdoors, you’ll want to cuddle up with a loved one but dry, flaky and cracked skin could make you apprehensive warming up next to that special someone.

It’s easy to get soft, smooth skin, even in the winter – you just have to make sure you’re taking a few extra precautionary steps. With the right techniques, you can avoid the dry skin that occurs when the weather takes a turn for the bitter, and reveal healthy-looking, smooth skin that’s irresistible to touch – perfect for those cold nights.

Overall skin dryness

If you’re experiencing dry skin, there are a few things that can help. While a hot shower can feel great on a cold day, try turning the temperature down just a bit as exposure to extreme temperature changes can weaken your skin’s natural defenses. Run a humidifier in your room as you sleep to expose your skin to more moisture for extended periods of time. In addition to making sure exposed skin is covered up when outdoors, use a moisturizing lotion daily.

Dry nose, ears and lips

Scarves aren’t only a stylish addition to your wardrobe in the winter; they can also help protect your skin from the elements. Covering your ears, nose and lips can help prevent painful cracking by protecting sensitive skin from the elements. If you know you’ll likely to experience irritation in your lips and nostrils, keep lip balm and ointment in your winter jacket so you can apply it before you’re exposed to cold air for long amounts of time.

Dry scalp

If you notice your scalp getting dry in the winter, you may have to switch to a shampoo and conditioner with more moisturizing properties. Wash your hair regularly, but also limit bath time, as the Mayo Clinic warns that long baths or showers can remove moisturizing oils from your skin.

Winter can often be the most difficult time for skin, but by being proactive with your skin care habits such as moisturizing daily and keeping covered, you can keep yourself feeling comfortable and your skin looking good.

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