Protect & Moisturize: Must-Have Cold Weather Products

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Protect & Moisturize: Must-Have Cold Weather Products
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The cooler months have their charms, including hot chocolate, cozy fires and pretty scenery. They also bring about a few woes, though, such as dry skin, dry hair and dry lips. The key to keeping hydrated locks, kissable lips and supple skin is to moisturize often and well. Consider it the same as drinking water when you're thirsty. When your body craves a little moisture -- and it will -- employ balms, salves, lotions and creams to keep scales and cracks away.

Moisturizing Facial Mask
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Moisturizing Facial Mask

If your face is especially prone to dryness, apply a moisturizing facial mask one or two times per week. As an alternative to store-bought facial masks, make your own with products from your refrigerator. Yogurt, bananas, honey and avocado all have moisturizing effects.

Deep Conditioner
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Deep Conditioner

Just as your skin dries out in the winter, so does your hair. Condition every time you wash, but also invest in a deep-conditioning treatment and apply it once weekly. Allow the conditioner to set for five to 20 minutes before rinsing.

Lip Balm
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Lip Balm

Not only are dry, chapped lips uncomfortable -- and in some cases painful -- but they're not very attractive. Carry a moisture-rich lip balm with you at all times and apply it whenever you feel a dry spell brewing.

Cuticle Oil
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Cuticle Oil

Like most parts of your body, your cuticles and the skin around your fingers dry out in the winter. This causes painful tearing and peeling. Skip the sore fingers this year by investing in cuticle oil. Alternatively, massage a drop of olive oil onto each nail and the surrounding area and rinse after five minutes.

Facial Moisturizer
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Facial Moisturizer

Not all moisturizers are created equally, and some do not belong on your face. Because facial skin is much more sensitive -- and far more prone to acne or drying -- than skin in other areas, use a moisturizer specifically created for the face. Apply a thin layer at least once daily.

Foot Soak and Cream
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Foot Soak and Cream

Just because your feet don't come out to play in the winter doesn't mean you should neglect them. Avoid flaky, rough and cracking skin with the help of a moisturizing foot soak. Follow up with a heavy-duty foot cream to keep feet supple.

All-Over Moisturizer
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All-Over Moisturizer

It goes without saying that an all-over moisturizer is a must for the winter months. Choose a lotion that absorbs easily into the skin and doesn't leave a sticky residue. Moisturize after every shower and at least once daily to keep crocodile skin at bay.

Exfoliant
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Exfoliant

In addition to moisturizing often, don't forget to exfoliate. Exfoliating removes built-up dead skin and keeps skin soft and smooth. Pay special attention to ankles, elbows and knees. For a quick DIY exfoliant, add sugar to your body wash and lather with a loofah.

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