The Weather Outside (and the Temperature Inside)
During the holiday months, you're exposed to a range of harsh temperatures, from extreme cold outside in the mall parking lot to full-blast central heating inside the stores. As a result, your skin can become dry and itchy, says Dr. Bank. Plus, your cells turn over at a slower rate this time of year, so it's not uncommon for them to accumulate on your skin's surface, causing your complexion to appear dull and pale.
The Solution: To stay soft and radiant no matter what temperature you're in, start in the shower with an ultra-hydrating body wash like Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash with Shea Butter ($6.99, walgreens.com). It's also important to keep your daily showers short and make sure the water is warm, not hot. After you get out of the shower, pat your skin dry, then immediately apply a cream that contains hydrators like glycerin, dimethicone, and ceramides, which are lipids that reinforce your skin's protective barrier so moisture can't escape. Once a week, use a gentle face and body scrub to slough away dead skin. If your skin still looks lackluster, invest in a humidifier to replace moisture that is lost to indoor heating systems. You can also try switching to a face cream with jojoba oil, which Dr. Bank says replenishes natural oils without causing breakouts. Try Weleda Wild Rose Moisture Cream ($27, drugstore.com).
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