By Rebecca Brown

As the air gets colder and humidity levels drop, our face, skin and hair can get scaly, itchy and lose tons of moisture. Care for dry skin and other seasonal beauty blunders with these simple preventative strategies.

Switch It Up

Care for dry skin by altering your beauty regimen in winter months. When the air gets cold and dry, you might want to use a thicker moisturizer, says Erica Glaub, Los Angeles-based makeup artist. Winter appropriate dry skin care products often contain jojoba oil, shea butter, almond oil, olive oil or grapeseed oil. "If you use harsh face and body cleansers during the summer months, try using milder soaps, like milk, gel, and oil cleansers in the winter," adds Glaub.

Dry Skin Care While Traveling

If you fly during the holiday season, the lack of moisture available on an airplane is almost a surefire way to make your body feel dehydrated and even itchy. "Try spritzing your face with a small Evian mister or some rose water," suggests Glaub. You can also avoid dry skin in the air by drinking lots of water.

Cool It Down

While turning up the heat in the shower may warm you up on a chilly winter morning, it can actually make dry skin worse. "Hot water strips your skin of its natural moisture, so take warm showers and baths to protect your skin and hair," says Glaub. Another dry skin care tip is to apply a thick oil-based lotion as soon as you get out of the shower, while your skin is still damp. Heavy creams will help lock in moisture and banish dry skin.


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