Prep Now For Winter Skin

It's starting to cool down now that winter's on its way. Before we know it, we'll be bundled up from head to toe. While winter scarves are cute accessories, tight and dry skin is certainly not. There's no question that the winter months can wreck havoc on your skin, but if you start using these skin-saving tips now, you'll be in the clear when winter hits full-on.

Exfoliate. This is the key to revealing a healthy glow for both your body and your face. No matter how much moisture you give your skin, it can't penetrate though dead cells. But be careful not to overdo it-once or twice a week is plenty. Be sure to use formulas suitable for your skin type. “Steer clear of the overly rough, feels-like-sand paper microdermabrasion formulas that I've seen on the market,” says Amos Lavian, founder and president of Dermelect Cosmeceuticals. Lavian suggests facial scrubs like Dermelect Cosmeceuticals' Microdermabrasion-2-3- Facial Reveal and body scrubs like Dermelect Cosmeceuticals' Thermaj Self Heating Total Body Polish.

Wear SPF. Just because it's cold out doesn't mean the sun's rays aren't a threat. Over time, sun exposure contributes to dryness and loss of elasticity. So remember to apply SPF daily, no matter the weather. We like this one.

Stay Hydrated. According to Dr. Murad, to prevent dry winter skin, it's vital to protect cellular water levels. Try to limit your coffee intake, he suggests. Many are surprised to learn that caffeine is a major cause of dehydration. Also, you might want to cut back on alcohol, which can also leave your body and skin dehydrated. Choose a mocktail instead or alternate water with cocktails to make sure your body is hydrated.

Switch up your skin care. You may need to adjust your skin-care regimen a bit during the winter months. Make sure to use a mild cleanser that's nondrying with lactic acid and enzymes. And don't skimp on the toner--a toner can help alleviate some dryness since it acts as an oil stimulant and helps get the sebaceous glands going. You'll want to incorporate a serum too. Serums are able to penetrate deeper than a moisturizer, which usually helps more on the surface layer of the skin. Look for serums with hyaluronic acid and vitamin C for added benefits. Here's one to try that includes SPF.