1. Humidify your environment.
- Humidifiers add moisture to the air which moistens your skin. Place humidifiers throughout your home and in your office.
- Masks, chemical peels or microdermabrasion exfoliate (remove) dead skin cells and reveal a fresher-looking you.
- Exfoliation also boosts your skin's penetration of moisturizers, creams and oils.
- If you have dry skin, avoid harsh peels or masks. Don't use clay-based products because clay draws moisture out of your skin.
- Stay away from alcohol-based toners or astringents because they strip oil from your skin.
- Use products with vitamins A, C and E for antioxidant protection.
- "Ointments" contain the most oil because they contain 80% oil and only 20% water.
- Use products that contain "humectants" such as glycerin, sorbitol or alpha-hydroxy acids, which attract moisture to your skin. Those with non-clogging oils such as avocado, mineral, primrose or almond oil are best.
- Your daytime moisturizing ointment should contain a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 15 or more. Apply 30 minutes before going outside to protect your skin from sun damage. Yes, even weaker winter rays can harm your skin.