WinterSkinCareIt’s everyone’s dream in the dead of winter: to have dewy skin that’s immune to the effects of icy temps, whipping winds, and Sahara-like heating. Good luck with that, right?

The air is frigid and dry outside, and any kind of indoor heat leaves it even more parched. Your skin’s protective barrier cracks, making it less able to repair itself.

Have no fear, these simple winter skin care tips can help you prevent – and treat – dry, chapped skin. And keep you smiling, all season long.

Tip 1: Shorten Those Showers – Long, steamy showers may soothe a weekend warrior’s sore muscles, but they’re also good at dehydrating you – yes, taking moisture out instead of putting it in. That’s because hot water removes the skin’s natural oils more quickly than warm or cold water. The skin care solution? Take shorter showers and baths and use warm water instead of steamy hot. Then, when you’re done, pat dry, don’t rub.

Tip 2: Mild Soaps – Your favorite antibacterial or deodorant soap may be doing you more harm than good, stripping your skin of essential oils. That’s why skin care pros recommend sticking with mild soaps, preferably unscented or lightly scented. You may want to go mild with your laundry detergent, too. Designed to remove dirt and oils, residue just may irritate sensitive, chapped skin.

Tip 3: Moisturize – A great way to soothe or prevent chapped skin: moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. And you don’t need expensive elixirs from the cosmetics counter to keep skin dewy. Petroleum jelly, mineral oil, even hair conditioner can help you trap in moisture as you step from the shower or bath. If your skin is oily you still need to moisturize — just look for non-comedogenic products, which won’t clog your pores.

Tip 4: Moisturize from the inside out – The fact is that skin is an organ, and just like any other part of the body your skin is made up of cells. And skin cells, like any other cell in the body, are made up of water. Without water, the organs will certainly not function properly or at their best. If your skin is not getting the sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling.