With the winter season comes things we love: cozy sweaters, hot cocoa, fireplaces, and the holidays! As with most things in life, with best parts of winter come the worst. For beauty, the worst part of winter is the inevitable dry, winter skin. Why Winter Is So Harsh on Your Skin As much as you may look forward to this time of year, it can be harsh on your skin, including your face, hands, feet, and body. This is due to several reasons: Lack of humidity in the air: You miss that dewy glow you had in the spring and summer. The lack of moisture in winter air both inside and out is a big reason your skin feels dry. Indoor heating: This relates to lack of humidity, too. Your heaters sap moisture from the air and your skin, causing it to dry out. Cold and wind: Whether you live in a snowy climate or it's simply freezing cold, extremely low temperatures combined with biting wind can strip skin of moisture, leave your skin feeling dry and chapped. Thick, occlusive clothes: Winter woolens might help keep you warm, but they also cause additional friction and flaking on dry skin. How to Keep Your Skin Hydrated During Winter The right skincare products can do your skin a world of good in the winter. Make sure you choose products with ingredients designed to work for your skin type, whether it's dry, normal, combination, oily, or sensitive. Even combination or oily skin can feel dry during the winter – this is because it’s dehydrated. (Read the difference between dry and dehydrated skin.) Even if you’re thick-cream aversive, seaweed-based products are super hydrating without feeling heavy on the skin, and will ensure it stays soft and smooth all season long. For dry skin types, the Hydra Dew line for dry skin is specially formulated with moisture-enhancing, sustainably harvested seaweeds and natural moisturizing ingredients. A gentle cleanser like the Hydra Dew Gentle Cleansing Mousse won’t strip your skin of moisture, and should be followed with a moisturizing face cream to keep your complexion smooth and supple. Adding a cream mask or chocolate face mask to your weekly skincare routine can also give winter skin a soft glow. Why to Exfoliate in the Winter How else can you try to alleviate the flakiness? Exfoliating! Exfoliating two to three times a week is going to help remove dead skin, leaving skin looking beautiful all winter long, as long as you follow with a good coating of moisturizer to rehydrate and keep skin soft. Our Honey and Almond Scrub is one facial exfoliator that all skin types can benefit from. Based on natural honey, oatmeal and almond meal, this natural face scrub leaves your skin smooth and incredibly clean, and does it all in the gentlest way possible. Tips to Keep Your Lips and Body Moisturized Is the winter season causing your lips to become dry and cracked too? Hydrating lip products like our Essential Oil of Seaweed can help give your lips the hydration they desperately need this time of year. And if you love adding a pop of color, moisturizing lip glosses with hydrating seaweed extracts, Cocoa Butter, and Mafura Oil, can help keep them kissably soft. What about your dry cracked hands and feet in the winter? The reason these areas suffer so much in the winter is because the skin here is thinner and doesn't have the same amount of oil glands as the rest of your body. To keep them as moisturized as possible, apply hydrating products for dry skin as needed. Give your hands and feet a treat by smoothing them over with a thick moisturizer followed up by lightweight gloves and socks before you hit the sack. Hand cream and foot cream are ideal for these areas. When you know you're heading outside, keep gloves on your hands to protect them from the harsh elements. The Repêchage Difference Instead of spending the winter season hiding your skin, show off the same glowing complexion you have the rest of the year by investing in the right skin care products to help keep your skin radiant all season long. And don’t forget to make sure you’re following these 10 skin care tips to survive winter!