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The Guide to Dry: How to Deal With Dry Skin, Hair, Hands and Lips

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Even if you like cooler temperatures more than the humid and sticky highs of summer, your skin might not share the same preference. As dermatologist Dr. Janet Prystowsky explains, “Cold weather causes the ambient humidity to drop, which leads to moisture evaporating from our skin into the dry air. Aside from being uncomfortable and itchy, dry skin can leave you susceptible to infection (from scratching). It can also make your complexion look dull and zap your natural glow.”

But that’s not all. Thanks to shifting climate, the ongoing battle against indoor heat and harsh winter winds, this season has a knack for drying out…well, everything. From your hair and skin to your lips and eyes, upping your body’s moisture levels becomes of utmost importance—regardless of your skin or hair type.

Here is a guide to protect, heal and seal in crucial moisture from head to toe all throughout winter.

  1. Dry Hair

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  2. Dry, Flaky Scalp
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    Dry, Flaky Scalp

    Keep pesky flakes at bay with Oribe's hydrating and gentle Serene Scalp Anti-Dandruff Shampoo. Infused with salicylic acid and caffeine, this sulfate-free shampoo helps alleviate and prevent dandruff, while soothing your dry, itchy and irritated scalp.Key Ingredients: * Salicylic Acid: gently exfoliates the scalp to eliminate dandruff flakes while alleviating itchiness and irritation * Caffeine: energizes the scalp and rejuvenates hair folliclesKey Benefits: * Dermatologist-tested * Formulated without parabens, sulfates or sodium chloride * Color and keratin treatment
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  3. Dry Skin on the Face
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    Dry Skin on the Face

    Reduce the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation with Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream. Clinically-proven to deeply moisturize skin, this anti-aging face cream works to reveal a more luminous appearance. Powerful ingredients like hyaluronic acid and tamarind extract leave you with noticeably hydrated and plump skin while papaya enzymes provide skin with a smooth finish.Key Ingredients: * Alpha-Arbutin: illuminates and improves the appearance of hyperpigmentation * Papain (Papaya Enzymes): gently refines, smooths and exfoliates skin * Hyaluronic Acid Complex: deeply
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  4. Dry Lips
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    Dry Lips

    Avène Cold Cream Lip Balm is a rich, nourishing formula that supplies comfort and hydration to chapped, cracked and rough lips. Using nourishing ingredients such as castor seed oil and shea butter, this lip treatment restores the skin's moisture barrier to protect against extreme weather and environmental aggressors. The result is smoother, healthier and more comfortable
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  5. Dry Skin on the Body
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    Dry Skin on the Body

    Discover the softest, smoothest feel for your skin with Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. Infused with Amazonian fruit-derived antioxidants, coconut oil and cupuaçu butter, this hydrating body lotion works to alleviate dryness while locking in moisture so you can look and feel your best. Massage this formula in a circular motion to create warmth for better absorption and circulation.Key Ingredients: * Coconut Oil: melts easily into skin to soften, condition, and moisturize * Cupuaçu Butter: full of fatty-acids, phytosterols and polyphenols to lock in moisture * Acai Oil: an antioxidant
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  6. Dry Hands

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  7. Dry Eyes
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    Dry Eyes

    Toleriane Ultra Soothing Eye Cream for Very Sensitive Eyes from La Roche-Posay is specially formulated to soothe the eye area, so you may enjoy a fully revitalized treatment. This eye cream's deeply nourishing formula combines niacinamide and Thermal Spring Water, working to effectively reduce dark circles, hypersensitivity, and dryness at home.Key Ingredients: * La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water: delivers hydrating, soothing, and antioxidant properties * Neurosensine + Niacinamide combination: soothes the skin Key Benefits: * Refreshing gel-cream texture comforts skin and hydrates the
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Lindsay Tigar

Lindsay Tigar is a travel and lifestyle journalist who contributes to a myriad of publications—from Travel + Leisure and Vogue to Glamour and countless others. She's a digital nomad who works from every corner of the globe, scoping out the best coffee, collecting artisan crafts and testing every beauty product she can find. You can find a collection of her work at LindsayTigar.com.