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Keep your skin from getting the winter blues. 

beauty2016Winter weather is notorious for leaving skin dry, flaky and pasty. And while colder temperatures and indoor heating can dry out your skin, there are some steps you can take to make sure your skin is silky smooth.

1. Exfoliate
When you exfoliate, you are sloughing off old dead skin cells, which basically tells your skin to produce more collagen and bring forth new regenerated skin cells. That regeneration, in turn, causes your skin to look brighter and feel smoother. It is best to speak to your aesthetician or dermatologist for an exfoliation regime that is right for your skin.

2. Moisturize Daily
Using an oil-based moisturizer or ointment helps to seal in your skin’s moisture when the humidity is low. A hint when shopping: Often lotions labeled as night creams are oil-based. Pay particular attention to dryness-prone spots like elbows, knees and heels.

3. Eat Your Vitamins
Vitamins that boost your immunity are also great for your skin. To renew that healthy glow, start from within by adding immunity-boosting foods to your diet — such as berries for vitamin E, citrus fruits and leafy greens for vitamin C and the proper portion of nuts for zinc.

4. Embrace Humidity
Combat the dry, hot air produced by central heating and space heaters by placing several small humidifiers throughout your home. They will help disperse the moisture more evenly.

5. Tone Down the Tub Temp
Although a hot bath sounds inviting on a very cold day, the intense heat of a hot shower or bath breaks down the lipid barriers in your skin, causing it to dry out, so opt for a lukewarm bath or shower instead.

6. Don’t Stow the Sunscreen
Sunscreen is not just for summer. The winter sun is still damaging, so make sure you use a broad-spectrum sunscreen on exposed skin just as you would during warmer months.