When we think of protecting our skin from the sun, we usually think about slathering on the sunscreen at the beach, but our skin needs protection year round even as temperatures drop.

It is no secret that winter wreaks havoc on our skin. From chapped lips to itchy dry cheeks, the cold and windy weather can also aggravate conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

Every morning, be sure to apply sunscreen or moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15 and UVA and UVB protection. To prevent dry winter skin, skip long hot showers which dehydrate you and use mild soaps and lotions. I keep coconut oil in the shower and use it every day. It helps keep skin soft and supple.

One more reason to get your heart pumping: daily exercise promotes circulation, digestion and elimination, which helps keep skin healthy.

When you run the heat in your home, it can become extremely dry.  Use a humidifier to help keep moisture in the air.

Don’t forget about your lips.  Since they don’t have oil glands, they can dry out easily. On chilly and windy days, keep them covered, and use lip balm with a sunscreen.

Finally, make sure to drink lots of water to moisturize from the inside out.