If you’ve noticed your skin turning dry, dull and even itchy, check the calendar as winter weather has arrived! Did you know that skin loses up to 25% of its ability to hold moisture in winter months? The cold, dry air during this season steals moisture from your skin, leaving it looking dry and lifeless. And not only that, but many comforts we naturally seek in cold weather such as long baths, hot showers and even the heat sources in our home all contribute to further drying our skin, making it look dull and feel rough.

Change up your skin routine when colder weather strikes and enjoy a winter glow. The two most important steps to take for winter skin care are exfoliating and moisturizing regularly. Here’s why and how:

Why: Exfoliation is a first crucial step to quenching thirsty dry skin as dry skin buildup on the surface of skin can prevent moisturizers from penetrating. By exfoliating away the dead skin on the surface, it allows your moisturizer to absorb better.

How: Exfoliate using a sugar scrub. Its gentle exfoliation is perfect for everyday use, which comes in handy during the winter when skin requires the most upkeep to remove dry, dead skin.