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Despite the best laid plans (and beauty regimens), winter’s chill can sneak up on you. Before you know it, the cold settles in and your skin looks dull and dehydrated. A winter wonderland is wonderful and all, but less than fabulous skin is not! Avoid skin care’s cold shoulder with this winter refresher.

DO: Shave Regularly.
While you likely won’t be baring your legs any time soon, shaving lets you pull double grooming duty: removing hair while also mildly exfoliating skin. Couple your razor with a rich, hydrating shave cream, and you’ll be adding an extra dose of moisture to parched skin.

DON’T: Take Long, Hot Showers.
When it’s so cold outside you can feel the breeze seeping in through the cracks in the windows, a hot shower can help warm you up in an instant. But while it may feel good, it does no favours to already dry skin. In fact, it can cause the skin to become dehydrated! So keep your showers and baths short, and use warm (not hot) water while you suds up.

DO: Keep Moisturizer Everywhere.
Rule of thumb: If it’s easily accessible, you’ll use it more often. Go ahead and stash a tube of hand cream in your purse, on your office desk and on your nightstand! For extra measure, also keep a tube of emollient lip balm at the ready to treat chapped lips.

DON’T: Overdo Exfoliation.
While exfoliation is a must during winter to keep scaly skin at bay, be careful not to overdo it. Exfoliate once a day, with a mildly abrasive scrub or sonic cleansing brush, and avoid too scratchy bath brushes or too-abrasive sponges that can lead to irritation.

DO: Add A Skin Care Booster.
Trade your regular facial cleanser for a gentler, even creamier one or a cleansing balm, to avoid drawing out extra moisture from the skin. Meanwhile, add a serum booster to your regimen and apply before your serum and/or moisturizer to improve the results of your skin care products.