How cliche is it to always talk about the weather? Seriously though, those winter temperatures are real right now. So I’m talking about the cold because this weather can seriously wreak havoc on your skin. At this time of year your skin may be feeling dry, tight, flakey, and look red and splotchy. Here’s five ways to keep your skin feeling and looking good during this weather.

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1. Hydrate, from the inside

The best way to make sure your skin is hydrated is by actually hydrating yourself. Lots of water, herbal tea, and soup can help to get more liquids in while it’s cold. Start every day with hot water and lemon for a gentle detox and hydration boost first thing in the morning.

2. Nix the oil absorbing beauty products

Unless you have really oily skin you probably don’t need oil absorbing beauty products at this time of year. You can find this feature in moisturizers, primers, and foundations. Although helpful in the summer months, you want to make sure you have enough oil at this time of the skin.

3. Choose the right moisturizer for your skin type

Let’s talk about oil again. You absolutely need oil in your skin and you may have to look to a moisturizer to give you this. Dry skin needs more oil where as oily skin needs more water in your beauty products. It’s a common myth that oil is all bad because it clogs the pores. A healthy skin has a balance of both oil and water.

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4. Be careful with cleansing

Using cleansers that are too harsh can absorb too much natural oil from the skin. You want to remove some oil, dirt and any makeup but you don’t want to strip the skin. If your face feels like it’s going to crack in the minutes between washing and moisturizing you’ve probably got a cleanser that’s too intense.

5. Exfoliate on a regular basis

If your skin LOOKS flakey more than feels dry then you probably need to remove dead skin from your complexion. You should be exfoliating once a week after cleansing. Follow with your moisturizer and your skin will have a healthy glow. Just like cleansing though, be careful not to over do it with an exfoliator that is too harsh.

Do you have any beauty tricks for the winter? Share them with us!

Also, let me know if you like reading beauty posts on Wildly Fit. I can definitely share more if there’s interest :). Once upon a time I was a make up artist and skincare expert.