1. Keep blocking the sun — Use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher year-round, either by itself or by choosing a moisturizer providing this protection.
2. Moisturize daily — Apply a heavier cream- or ointment-based moisturizer frequently, especially after bathing or washing your hands while your skin is still damp to lock in moisture.
3. Against the wind — Protect yourself from its drying effects by wearing hats or hoods and lip balm.
4. Bring out the humidifier — Put a humidifier in your bedroom (and other rooms if you can) for additional moisture and follow the maintenance instructions.
5. Take shorter, lukewarm showers — We know how good a hot shower feels in the winter, but they can dry and irritate your skin when you need it least.
6. Cleanse carefully — Soaps and cleansers can strip your skin of its natural oils, so use mild or nonsoap products and avoid overuse on parts of the body you don’t need to wash daily, including your trunk, arms and legs.
7. Avoid extreme cold — Frostbite can happen any time the temperature hits 32 degrees or below. The risk is higher as it heads toward 20 and below, especially for some people with diabetes or who have experienced frostbite in the past.
8. Skip the tanning bed — If you want to recreate your summer glow, try using self-tanners with extra moisturizer. Tanning beds can dry your skin out.
9. Protect mature skin — Skin loses much of its natural moisture as we age, so older adults should be extra vigilant during the winter.
10. Keep your distance from smoke and fire — Roaring fireplaces, bonfires and fire pits are delightful to sit by but seriously dry your skin; same with smoking and secondhand smoke.