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5 Winter Skin-Care Mistakes You Could Be Making

Got dry skin? Read up

Let’s be real for a sec: There’s not much worse than cracked, dry winter skin. But there are a handful of common nighttime culprits that can be avoided to achieve supple, refreshed skin. Read on, then make the adjustments to your winter skin-care routine. Trust us, your newly dewy skin will thank you.

1.

YOU DON’T DRINK ENOUGH WATER

Sure, it sounds counterintuitive to down a glass of water right before bed, but often in the colder months, we all tend to drink less water in general--resulting in under-the-radar dehydration. Sipping an 8-ounce glass right before you hit the hay can actually help rid your body of toxins and combat dehydration overnight.

2.

YOU SLEEP IN YOUR MAKEUP

It’s not a myth: This is actually the worst. In winter especially, washing your face before bed is essential for avoiding winter rash and itch. Your best defense is to remove makeup with a cold cream or micellar water--as soap-based cleansers can be harsh and irritating to already dry skin.

3.

YOU FORGET TO EXFOLIATE

Make it a priority to slough off dead skin cells twice a week before bed. Dry winter skin flakes can really start to build up if you don’t--something that makes it impossible for your moisturizer to penetrate the skin’s surface and do its job. Just be sure the exfoliator you use is gentle, not harsh (which can lead to unfortunate cracks).

4.

YOU HAVEN'T DISCOVERED FACE OIL

You may have heard that slathering on too much cream-based moisturizer can be damaging. That’s why face oils are clutch. For those not yet on the face-oil bandwagon, here’s the deal: They seep deep down into pores to really seal hydration in. Surprising to no one: It can make your face appear a little greasy, which is why we tend to apply them only at night.

5.

YOU FORGET TO WASH YOUR PILLOWCASE REGULARLY

JSYK, your pillowcase--which is a receptacle for dirt and oil night after night--could be causing your dry winter skin to be more prone to breakouts. Ideally, you wash your pillowcases once a week, but if not, you may want to consider investing in a pillowcase designed to help you maintain clear skin. (Suggestions: the SleepCycle pillowcase, which cuts harmful bacteria by 99.9 percent, or just plain ol’ silk.)