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Makeup tip: Combating dull, dry winter skin

Although the recent slew of uncannily warm days may have been deceiving, winter is slowly but surely creeping in. While this season is full of celebration, cheer and twinkly lights, it also brings a cold that seeps through to your skin. Literally. Dry skin haunts most people during the winter, but fortunately there are a few ways to stop this seasonal stress.

Exfoliate and moisturize regularly

It may seem like a time-consuming pain to do, however this step can prevent your skin from drying and peeling. While showering, use a gentle sugar scrub on your arms, legs and feet, and follow up with a layer of moisturizer within the five minutes after you have dried off. This step can also be used to keep your face soft and smooth, but you have to be more careful in choosing products. In addition, exfoliating should be done three to four times a week to reduce possible irritation, while moisturizing can be a daily ritual.

Find a hydrating treatment

Look out for a specialty product that will bring moisture back into your face. There are many options – serums, masks, oils, etc., so find one that best fits into your routine. A serum or oil will be applied after a face moisturizer, but a hydrating mask could be applied immediately before bed, and will sink in throughout the night. If you typically have oily skin, do not be afraid to apply an oil on top of it. Most are designed to work with the natural oils of your skin, and will leave you looking radiant.

Use water wisely

Not only is it important to stay hydrated for health reasons, but it also keeps your skin staying fresh and happy. Always keep a water bottle with you, and your skin will show the results. In addition, taking shorter showers during the winter can help decrease your chances of dry skin, and it is more environmentally friendly.

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