By Mercedes Leguizamon

The time has changed and it is finally getting colder outside. Even though our temperatures do not dip quite as low as they do up North, there are a few things that you should be doing differently to care for your skin during the winter. Here are some tips to maintain your face, hands and feet this season.

Wash with lukewarm water

When taking a shower, no matter how tempting it is to turn the temperature to what seems to be boiling water, lukewarm water is the way to go because it will not strip your skin of much-needed moisture.

Moisturize after bathing

Do not use moisturizers with petroleum-based ingredients. These products will do the total opposite of what you want them to do and lead to even drier skin.

Stay hydrated!

It is difficult to drink cold water when all you are craving is tea or hot coffee. Even if it is a cup of warm water with lemon, make sure you are drinking H2O just as much as you would on a hot summer day.

Try some homemade hydrating masks

If drinking eight cups of water a day still does not keep your skin hydrated, try some of these homemade masks!

Honey, honey, honey

Studies show that humectant honey reduces inflammation, and sugar, if applied topically, increases circulation in skin. Try honey to soften stubborn dry patches on rough elbows and knees.

Don’t forget about hands and feet

For hands, slip some cotton gloves after applying lotion to help it all soak in. For feet, buff away calluses on your feet with a hydrating scrub or pumice stone before bed, and wear your socks overnight.

Layer up with sunscreen!

The sun is even closer to earth in the winter months, and the clouds do not do much to filter out its rays. Do not forget to care for your skin with sunscreen, year-round.