The Number One Beauty Mistake That's Causing Your Dry Skin


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Underneath all the glitz and glam of the holiday season often looms the threat of dry, flaky, itchy skin. It's like a little secret we're all concealing, but here at Who What Wear, we're dedicated to providing a solution-oriented approach to skincare that allows us all to live more comfortably in our own dermis.

That's why we called in the experts to give us the scoop on the must-have products and practices to keep dry winter skin at bay. We consulted Marnie B. Nussbaum, MD, FAADD and oculoplastic surgeon, and leading aesthetic doctor Maryam Zamani, MD, to get their top tips for keeping your skin smooth and moisturized from head to toe.

"Dry skin is extremely common during the changing of the seasons, particularly from fall to winter. The harsh weather and drops in temperature combined with the dry indoor heat sap the skin of its natural moisture, creating flaky, dry cracked skin," Nussbaum explains.

And there are way more gems where that came from. Read on for the doctor-approved tips.

Tip #6: Cleanse Cautiously

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Tip #5: Exfoliate from head to toe

Tip #4: Defend against the drying effects of drinking alcohol

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Tip #3: Hydrate from the inside out

Tip #2: Switch to pH-friendly bath products

Tip #1: Ditch long, hot showers

Associate Beauty Editor

Courtney Higgs is a Cancer sun, Libra rising beauty enthusiast with about six years of experience in the editorial space. She was previously Who What Wear's associate beauty editor after spending many years working on the West Coast edit team at InStyle Magazine. She graduated from California State University, Northridge, with a BA in communication studies and pivoted to editorial after spending her college years working in the legal field. Her beauty philosophy is simple: She believes there are no wrong answers and that discovering our favorite beauty products and rituals is a journey, not a sprint. When she's not geeking out over products, she can be found adventuring around L.A. with her fiancé; watching reality TV with their French bulldog, Bernie Mac; or relating way too hard to astrology memes.