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5 Things everyone with dry skin should be doing

Based out of Dallas, Texas, Mary McCoy is a writer and social worker for disenfranchised women and children. She's a single mom, lover of Texas barbecue, and a die-hard fan of yoga

If you don't want dry skin, these five steps are no-brainers

It's winter, that lovely time of year when the sky is full of tiny white flakes that set our minds on wonder.

Most notably, wondering why our skin is flaking off like snowfall. We caught up with women's health and anti-aging expert Dr. Susan Lin to find out how to troubleshoot dry winter skin with five tips that take less than five minutes each.

1. Hang a wet towel over your door

Moisten a bath towel before bedtime, and hang it over your door frame before going to sleep at night. Doing so emulates the effect of a humidifier, for a fraction of the cost. "A simple wet towel works to hydrate the air," explained Lin, which can prevent dry patches from forming.

2. Seal your lotion with oil

After using a moisturizer on your dry patches, seal it in with a product like Vaseline or coconut oil. "You can use any petroleum jelly, natural oil or vitamin C serum," said Lin. Oils hold in your skin's natural moisture, which can revitalize dryness overnight.

3. Ban hot showers

It's tempting to warm up in a blazing hot shower, but Lin advises against the practice. "Wash with cooler water in your shower," she said. "If you must use hot water, keep your shower short to prevent further dryness."

4. Choose a non-lathering soap

Lathering is synonymous with cleaning, right? Nope, says Lin, lathering just strips the skin of its protective outer layers. "Use natural soaps fortified with essential oil instead. Moisturizing soaps shouldn't lather."

5. Reap the benefits of toner

Finally, if your skin still resists moisture after you troubleshoot, Lin suggests that you invest in one or two products that can tone and rejuvenate the skin from the inside out. "A balancing toner both exfoliates dry, flaky skin, while soothing underlying irritation," she said. A good toner also avoids the irritation that can occur with harsh exfoliants. She suggests MD Skin Balancing Solution for deeply troubled winter skin.

Now get out there and enjoy the snowfall — you know, the variety that doesn't come from your skin.

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