How Not To Turn Into An Emery Board This Fall

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Ah, fall is finally here.

I love fall -- it's so beautiful, especially in New England. What I don't love is that it heralds the starts of indoor heating season, and what that means that my skin is starting to resemble an emery board. Which is never a good thing, but which really stinks when you also have to wear fleece and wool and tights. I can start a fire if I'm not careful.

Here are my favorite ways to keep dry skin at bay:

1. Moisturize

Really, it's a no-brainer. I'm almost embarrased to include this as a "tip" but it gives me a great excuse to mention my favorite moisturizer - it's an oldie-but-goodie, it's cheap and widely available. In fact, it might remind you of your mom. (I don't think that's a bad thing, by the way.) What is it? It's Jergens Original! Yes, I love that vaguely cherry-smelling lotion and I'm not afraid to admit it. Why? Because it absorbs nicely, it smells good, and I can use it by the bucketful guilt free.

2. Moisturize while in the shower

Don't underestimate the effect that showering/bathing has on your skin. You may be suprised to learn that it can actually make dry skin worse! I'm a big fan of shower gels that leave skin squeaky clean, but in the winter I have to switch to something richer. My current favorite is made by Dove - I like the Nutrium Deep Moisture wash - because it makes my skin soft and doesn't leave a greasy feel.

3. Moisturize from within

Water, water, water! While water on the surface of your skin can make dry skin worse, drinking enough of it is essential. Drinking water is always good advice, but it is most important as the air gets drier. Yes, Irish Coffee and hot chocolate beckons as the mercury drops, but plain water is as important now as it was in the summer. So drink up!

How do you keep your skin hydrated in the winter? Do you have any tips/favorite products for me to try?

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