Winter can be the prettiest time of the year—for everywhere except your face. Freezing temperatures and overly-heated rooms can wreak some serious havoc on skin, and there’s more to do than just layer on another coat of moisturizer. Sometimes all it takes is a few changes in your beauty routine, so we’ve broken down our best tips for keeping your skin glowing this winter. Because who has time to worry about their skin with the holidays coming up?

Make a water bottle your favorite accessory.

Drinking a few bottles of water a day will keep the flaky skin away. Even if you have the perfect moisturizer to keep skin dewy and moisturized, drinking H20 helps your complexion hydrate from the inside out for a supple and radiant look all winter long.

Find the right moisturizer (hint: it’s not the one you used over the summer).

Just because celebrities swear by the moisturizing powers of their favorite La Mer cream, doesn’t mean it’s right for your skin. If you’re really dry, rich and super hydrating moisturizers like Belif’s True Cream Moisturizing Bomb or First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream (we love both) should work wonders for your skin. However, if you have oily or breakout-prone skin, you should steer clear from a pore-clogging rich moisturizer and go for a gel or non-comedogenic option. We like Algenist’s Absolute Hydration Gel Moisturizer and Clinique’s Moisture Surge Thirst Relief.

Mask once a week.

Have you added in a heavy-duty moisturizer and still feel flaky? It may be time to add a surge of moisturizing power. Use a hydrating hero like Tata Harper’s Moisturizing Mask or Glossier’s Moisturizing Moon Mask to help soothe dry skin and give you an extra dose of moisture. Feeling extra dry? Apply either of the masks after your normal beauty routine and sleep with it. You’ll wake up with a dewy and radiant complexion.

Add a heavy duty balm.

Okay, so your skin is feeling better after reading about the hydration-boosting hacks we mentioned above, but there’s one part of your face that still feels left out—your lips. We apply Aquaphor on our lips every morning and night for a soft, crack-free pout. It’s also great on any dry patches you may have!

What's your best winter skin secret?

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