Winter has come and the cold is making your skin drier than ever. Never fear. These winter skin care tips will remedy even the driest skin! 

I absolutely adore winter! It’s the time of year when you can wear long socks or stockings, pull out all your warm, fuzzy scarves, and break out those awesome winter boots that have been collecting dust in the back of your closet. There’s just a coziness that wintertime has, that I absolutely love. However, there are some things about winter that I’m not a huge fan of… Let’s talk dry, flaky skin.

This morning, as I was waking up and going through my daily morning routine, I noticed something different about my skin—it felt incredibly taut. Just a little background, for all you lovely people out there, I have oily/normal combination skin. What does that mean? My face feels the need to produce more face oil, also known as sebum (Yup! I’m using scientific terminology on you!), than a ‘normal’ face would. So for me, a shiny face and the occasional pimple is what I generally have to deal with.

However, this morning, as I was waking up to a tight face, it never dawned on me that my skin felt this way because it was incredibly dry. Not until I applied my foundation and setting powder, did I notice how horribly flaky my skin looked. Let me say to those of you who have dry skin, I feel your pain. Literally! Not only is the skin around my mouth tight and dry, but it is also extremely itchy and tender.

Why is my skin doing what it’s doing? Well, here’s what’s up friends: I’m a fairly busy girl with school, work, and organizations. Being busy and having late nights can sometimes translate to me falling asleep in the same outfit and makeup that I was wearing all day. Gasp, sleeping in makeup? Yes, it’s awful. According to Dr. Schweiger, founder of the Clear Clinic, "Sleeping in your makeup can result in unnecessary exposure to the free radicals in the environment, which the makeup holds on to. Free radicals cause the breakdown of healthy collagen, which results in fine lines on the skin. Additionally, makeup can clog the pores while you sleep, resulting in the development of acne." Yikes! Wrinkles and acne? That’s no bueno!

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This past week has been an incredibly busy week and I literally fell asleep with my makeup on three nights in a row. (Yes, let the shame hit!) I did, however, wash my face in the morning after groggily waking up and having a mini "Alexa, did you really just do that?” moment.

My skin did not appreciate me falling asleep with makeup on one bit. In fact, it responded with a nice breakout of pimples on my forehead and chin. My response to my face doing such a deed? Acne medication. My face’s response to the immense amount of salicylic acid (the active ingredient in most acne medications) being slathered on my face during this cold, dry season? Dry skin!

So what’s a girl to do when her skin brings her dry skin woes? Well, today I'm going to focus on hydrating properly, hydrating your skin and the ‘tools’ you need to do that, and moisturizing. I’ll have to talk about other aspects of skin care, like proper cleansing and exfoliating tips, another time. For now, here are a couple of tips and tricks for how to properly hydrate and moisturize dry skin during the wintertime.

1. Hydrate: Drink Plenty of Water

Around this time of year, it’s easy to forget to stay hydrated because of the cold weather. Trust me when I say that I’m preaching to myself right now, too! Unlike summertime, we don’t sweat a lot in the winter and so don’t feel thirsty as often. Despite the cold weather and our lack of thirst, it’s important to drink up so that our bodies can moisturize our skin from the inside out. The fact is that maintaining hydration is vital for the proper functioning of the body, as well as keeping our skin supple and moisturized, irrespective of season.

If you’re not a huge fan of drinking plain, old water, here are some great ways that you can incorporate more water into your diet. Try fruit-infused water. Another great option is to stock up on clear soups like chicken noodle. The soup will not only fill you up and provide nutrition, but also increase the water content in your body. Lastly, try to avoid drinking things that will dehydrate your skin like alcohol, coffee, and soda. No, this doesn't mean you have to give up these drinks entirely; just limit your intake.

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2. Moisturize: Get Yourself Some Stellar Face Cream, Lotion, or Oil

This tip is a no-brainer. If your skin is dry, moisturize it! Here’s the trick: In order to properly moisturize your skin, you need to assess what exactly your skin needs your moisturizer to do. Alexa, say what?

To further clarify, if your skin is dry and you’re in that (fabulous) 30-40 year age group, you’ll probably need a moisturizer that has wrinkle-fighting properties. However, if you're like me, and you're a little younger, something that fights wrinkles may not seem entirely necessary. Whatever your specific issues may be, not to fear, I have a list of great options, based on your skin needs, for you to choose from.

Dry Skin: For all you folks dealing with dry skin, pick a moisturizer that will provide plenty of hydration for your oh-so thirsty skin. Here are a couple of options for you, depending on how much you want to spend:

Winter Skin Care Affordable Moisturizer L’Oreal Ideal Moisture for Dry Skin

Via Drugstore

Money Saver: L’Oreal Ideal Moisture for Dry Skin $6.99 - What’s awesome about this moisturizer, other than its affordability, is that is has antioxidant, Vitamin E, infused in the formula. Reviewers say that they love this product for easily ‘blending in with their skin’ and keeping their skin very well hydrated.

Winter Skin Care Splurge Moisturizer Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil for Dry Skin

Via Sephora

Splurge: Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil $48 - This oil is legendary and is pure bliss to dry skin everywhere. Over 50,000 adore this oil for its natural and holistic benefits. Argan Oil is packed with Vitamin E and easily absorbs into the skin. This oil is great for use both day and night.

Keep in mind, friends with dry skin, that for night time, you may need to pack on a heavier night cream to lock in essential moisture while you sleep. Brands like Clinique, Philosophy, and L’Oreal have a vast array of options you can choose from for an excellent night cream.

Oily Skin: If your face gets shiny hours after washing it and you constantly have to deal with clogged pores, you may have oily skin. Oily skin isn’t as bad in the winter, but properly hydrating your skin is still important. At the same time, you don’t want to over moisturize your skin because you already get plenty of moisture naturally. Here are some great winter moisturizer options:

Winter Skin Care Affordable Moisturizer Kiss My Face Moisturizer, Peaces & Cream for Oily Skin in the Winter

Via Vitamin Life

Money Saver: Kiss My Face Moisturizer, Peaches & Cream $6.00 - This product is a great choice for those who are on a tight budget, but still looking for the best in moisturizing. Why is it good for oily skin? It contains 4% AHA, which is especially good for exfoliating dead skin cells and unclogging pores.

Winter Skin Care Splurge Moisturizer Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel for Oily Skin in the Winter

Via Clinique

Splurge: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel $26 - This moisturizer is a personal favorite of mine. I’ve used it before and can go on and on about the wonders it did for my skin. This is a lightweight moisturizer specifically made for combination and oily skin. According to Sephora, over 20,000 people love this moisturizer for how lightweight and non-greasy it is!

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Combination Skin: For those with both oily and dry skin (like me), it’s important to use a moisturizer that can do a balancing act. What you need is a moisturizer that can hydrate, but not make your skin overly greasy. Here are some great options:

Winter Skin Care Affordable Moisturizer Aveeno Positively Radiant Moisturizer for Combination Skin in the Winter

Via Allure

Money Saver: Aveeno’s Positively Radiant Moisturizer $14.99 - This daily moisturizer is “clinically proven to even tone and texture in just 4 weeks to reveal naturally radiant skin.” I’ve used it before and found that it hydrated my skin well. It has a nice natural scent that I enjoyed; however, the scent may not be for everyone.

Splurge: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel $26 (see above) - Hooray for repeats! This moisturizer really is superb for combination skin as well.

Anti-Aging: For those of you fabulous ladies fighting off wrinkles (And, by the way, it's never too early to start protecting your skin from wrinkles!), there are some great moisturizing options out there. Here are a couple that will help keep your wrinkles at bay:

Winter Skin Care Affordable Moisturizer Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum Fragrance Free for Anti-Aging in the Winter

Via Olay

Money Saver: Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum Fragrance Free $16 - This ultra-lightweight moisturizer is a rock star because it has an “advanced amino peptide complex.” What that means is that this formula helps to regenerate surface skin cells, which makes your skin look smoother and feel softer. Reviewers reported "getting compliments from strangers" on their skin and also said that they didn't need to wear as much makeup as usual because of the rapid results this product delivers. Wow!

Winter Skin Care Splurge Moisturizer Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream for Anti-Aging in the Winter

Via Elemis

Splurge: Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream Anti Aging $128 - Yes, this moisturizer comes with a steep price, but it has proven to be an all-around MVP when it comes to fighting off wrinkles. According to Elemis, after use of this moisturizer the appearance in wrinkle depth was reduced by up to 78% and hydration was increased by up to 45%. Additionally, skin firmness and elasticity were dramatically increased. One reviewer raved, "I purchased this a few years ago and WOW, just so smooth and totally dissolves into your skin." So, if you are willing to shell out the dough, then you may truly be in for a wrinkle-reducing miracle worker!

That’s it for my hydrating and moisturizing tidbits today. It’s cold outside and the heater is plotting to dry out your skin! Friends, remember to hydrate - inside and out. Let us know what you do to keep your skin moisturized. Don’t forget to remind a friend to stay hydrated and moisturized as well. Sharing is caring!

**Thanks to SheKnows for providing valuable info for this post. The featured image is c/o of tommerton2010 at Flickr.