Are you already sick of the dry skin of winter? That tight feeling in your cheeks when you smile is almost enough to give up happy faces for the rest of the season. Dry, flaky skin makes it all but impossible for your makeup to do its job. And dry skin can even be painful if it gets too bad. Fortunately, there are solutions. These winter skin care tips will keep you fresh-faced and fancy-free this winter.

Use the Right Cleanser

Harsh cleansers will strip your skin of its natural oils, something you really can’t afford to let happen in the winter when cold winds and indoor heating are already doing their best to thoroughly assault your skin. Choose soap-free cleansers with gentle ingredients to pamper and nourish your skin. Look for natural oils, like coconut or olive oil, to gently allow surface contaminants to be carried away in your rinse water, while still hydrating and replenishing your skin.

Exfoliate (Gently!)

Exfoliation should always be done gently, but this is especially true during harsh winter months. Gentle exfoliation removes dead skin cells, allowing the moisturizing ingredients of your gentle cleanser to actually penetrate your skin.

Use a Serum

You’re probably already using some sort of moisturizer, but be sure to add a serum to your daily routine. A face serum is a powerful aid in defending against harsh winter conditions. Its high concentration of active ingredients penetrate deep into the skin, nourishing your skin and helping it to retain moisture.

Don’t Skip the Sunscreen

Sure, the daylight hours are shorter so you’re seeing less of the sun. But the sun’s harmful rays are still present in the wintertime. In fact, they’re probably more dangerous during the cold months, simply because people tend to relax on sunscreen application. Don’t be one of those people. One of the best winter skin care tips is to continue to wear sunscreen because sun damage not only makes you more susceptible to cancer, it causes fine lines, wrinkles, and sun spots. No matter how old you are, you can still protect your skin from further damage by wearing adequate sunscreen — even during the winter months.

Make sure you choose a sunscreen that provides broad spectrum UV protection of SPF 30 or higher. If you’re going to be outside all day (we’re looking at you, ski slope worshipers!), reapply every two hours.

Try an After-Sun Lotion

No matter how careful you are when you spend a day on the slopes, sun and wind exposure is going to affect your skin. Be ready for it with an after-sun lotion designed to nourish, soothe, and actually moisturize your skin so you can get immediately to the repairing stages. Look for ingredients like Aloe Vera to rejuvenate your skin, and vitamins A, B, C, and E to neutralize the free radicals that form due to sun exposure.

Don’t Neglect Your Lips

Listen to your lips. They’re probably telling you something. Oftentimes, they’re the first part of the body to dry out in the wintertime. Stay on top of their care with a nourishing and conditioning lip balm that contains vitamins C and E. These vitamins will repair your lips, rather than just coating them with an icky, sticky mess.

Dry skin in wintertime doesn’t have to be a foregone conclusion. With the right products and the above winter skin care tips at the ready, you can not only keep your skin moisturized, you can actually nourish it all winter long. Deter Outdoor Skin Protection is committed to providing nourishing products with natural ingredients to help you put your best face forward.