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Outdoors · January 5, 2015

Why and How to Exfoliate Your Skin in the Winter

In the winter months, humidity levels drop significantly. This is why your skin dries out in cold weather. Less moisture in the air can lead to chapped lips, cracked hands, and dry flaky skin. Of course, staying on your moisturizing game this time of year is crucial, but its also essential to keep exfoliation in your winter skincare routine.

Heres why:

Exfoliation helps replenish skin.

Between the cold air outside and dry indoor heating, your skin cells dehydrate and die out faster in winter. Youll want to buff away these dead cells so new cells can come in healthier and without obstruction. Twice a week should suffice.

Exfoliators improve the effectiveness of moisturizers.

Because youll be using extra lotion in the winter, youll want to maximize its power. Do this by exfoliating regularly: The dead cells block moisture from the layers of live skin cells that actually need it.