Nourish Dry Winter Skin With These 5 Powerfully Soothing Ingredients

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Brisk winter air is detrimental to more than enjoying dinners al fresco and avoiding hat hair — it’s also waging a war on your skin. “During the winter, the humidity in the air decreases,” explains Sheel Desai Solomon, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina. “The air becomes drier and colder, and this affects the efficiency with which your skin retains moisture.” Without proper attention — and the right ingredients — your skin will quickly become flaky and dull.

For that reason, it’s important to optimize your skincare routine in the winter months. This means skipping products known to dry out skin (including certain alcohol-based toners), adding moisture back into the air with humidifiers, and drinking lots of water. Above all, you should be incorporating key, dermatologist-recommended ingredients that combat dry winter skin into your routine. Keep reading to discover five of the best, plus product recommendations, application tips, and more.