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    17 Expert-Approved Skincare Tips To Add Into Your Routine If You Want Hydrated, Dewy Skin And Soft Lips This Winter

    The goal this winter is to look like a glazed donut from head to toe.

    It's only January but I already find myself complaining about my dry cheeks and how chapped my lips are, which leaves me wondering what I can do to look like a glazed donut from head to toe. That's the goal, right?

    So I did my research and spoke to several experts to finally learn and understand how to best treat my skin this season.

    They are: 

    • Tami Blake, licensed esthetician and founder of Free + True

    • James Beckman, MD, biochemist and plastic surgeon

    • Dani Hanek, licensed esthetician 

    • Dr. Diane Madfes, MD FADD, NYC-based dermatologist 

    • Dr. Sara Hogan, board-certified dermatologist 

    • Dr. Peter Lio, assistant professor of Clinical Dermatology & Pediatrics at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine 

    • Dr. Marina Peredo, board-certified dermatologist

    • Shay Moinuddin, MHA, RN, aesthetic nurse and the clinic Director at The Few Institute

    • Ayanna Denise, holistic skin therapist 

    • Elena Duque, esthetician

    • Dr. Luigi L. Polla, dermatologist

    Before I dive in, it's important to know what the harsh cold actually does to the skin.

    "The top layer of our skin, our stratum corneum, consists of lipids, cholesterol and ceramides. The stratum corneum takes a beating in the cold weather from low humidity, wind, and dry heat resulting in changes in our barrier," said Dr. Diane Madfes, MD.

    "With a compromised skin barrier, our skin is unable to retain hydration and protect against UV rays, pollution, and toxins. As a result, our skin could appear dull, flaky, and red," Madfes told BuzzFeed.

    With that being said, here are some expert-approved advice on how to care for your face, body, hands, and lips during the winter.


    Try to avoid moisturizers that have certain oils in them.

    A bottle of oil being laying down next to an oil dropper

    Know your skin type before you try the "slugging" trend.

    A finger dipping into a jar of Vaseline

    Switch to a water-based or creamy cleanser for soft, hydrated skin.

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    Continue to include SPF in your skincare routine.

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    Use cooler water when washing your face in the sink or in the shower.

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    Be careful with how often you use anti-aging products in the winter, too.

    When deciding on a new winter moisturizer, opt for one with a specific combination of ingredients.

    A woman holding a jar of moisturizer and is applying it in the background

    Run a humidifier at night to help your skin retain moisture while you sleep.

    A person sleeping beside a humidifier

    Pat in a face oil as the final step in your skincare routine for extra hydration.

    A girl holding a bottle of oil and picking up its dropper

    Certain exfoliators can do more damage than good during the cold months — so avoid those.

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    Body, hands, and lips:

    Look for body lotions that have key hydrating ingredients.

    Exfoliate your body a few times a week.

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    Use cream-based body washes that won't strip the skin.

    A person in a shower putting body wash on a round loofah in the shower

    Add raw honey to your body wash to soothe dry skin.

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    Lock in hydration with the "soak and seal" method.

    A manicured hand applying body lotion to a leg

    Keep your lips hydrated by using lip balms that have ingredients such as beeswax.

    A lip balm without a cap on

    Don't skimp on using hand cream.

    Do you have any favorite winter skincare tips that weren't included in this post? Tell me in the comments below!