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The Best Winter Skincare Products to Help You Deal With Dry, Flaky Skin

As winter takes center stage, our skin often becomes a casualty of the season's harsh elements. The plummeting temperatures and dry air can leave your once radiant complexion feeling lackluster, parched, and downright irritated. If your normally well-behaved complexion has been showing signs of distress—like dullness, dryness, and more—it may be a sign that your winter skincare routine needs a refresh. 

According to board-certified dermatologist Dr. Rachel Nazarian, MD, “Skin loses a lot of moisture into the environment when the air is less humid, such as during the transition from summer to fall.” (This can cause your skin to feel drier than usual.) “Dry skin requires both humectants and emollients that draw in moisture and lock in moisture, respectively,” she adds. This duo works synergistically to attract and lock in moisture, providing the much-needed shield against winter's relentless assault. Swapping your usual lighter moisturizers for richer formulas, going easy on exfoliation, and using a calming cleanser are just a few ways to prep your skin to handle the season’s harsher weather

As the temperature drops, it's crucial to prioritize skincare, and Dr. Nazarian recommends incorporating protective measures like wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen to guard against winter sun damage. Additionally, consider adding hydrating masks and moisturizers to your routine for an extra hydrating boost. If you’re looking to keep your skin comfy and hydrated all winter long, read on for Dr. Nazarian’s pro winter skincare tips and the best skincare products to help.

About the Expert:
Rachel Nazarian, MD, is a board-certified dermatologist and assistant clinical professor at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

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Article Last Updated December 20, 2023 12:00 AM