Get your glow on
Ah, that holiday atmosphere! The chilly outdoors and toasty indoors dry the air - and your skin. Here are some tips to help you glow even when you're not next to a fire.

1. Humidify your environment.

  • Humidifiers add moisture to the air which moistens your skin. Place humidifiers throughout your home and in your office.
2. Liven up your face.

  • 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.
3. Use oil-based moisturizers - the oil creates a barrier against moisture loss.

  • "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.