Woman in bathroom applying lotion smilingWe all welcome the cooler weather, but one downside is the dry skin that comes with it.

Slathering on lotion every hour only helps the surface problem, but with a few changes dry skin can easily be combated during the drier months.

Hydration is key when it comes to combating dry skin, but one method we tend to overlook is to hydrate from within first.

Eating foods high in omega-3 supplements, fish oil and flaxseed are great ways to provide your skin with healthy oils that will hydrate the skin, according to Dr. Frank Lipman.

Taking supplements also helps hydrate the skin. Fish oil and vitamin E supplements are good to incorporate into your daily diet.

Another way to hydrate dull, dry winter skin is to use overnight hydration masks.

Overnight masks target extra dry skin and are formulated to provide a seal on the skin to help lock in moisture.

Skin looses water while you sleep, so locking in moisture is key.

And one thing to remember is to not over exfoliate. It’s habit to exfoliate off dry skin but over exfoliating can actually cause dry skin to get worse.

During the dry months try not to exfoliate more than once a week. Sloughing off dead skin cells is great for cell turnover, but overdoing it will cause irritation and chapped skin.

Sleeping with a humidifier at night is another great way to help your skin stay Purifying skinhydrated while you sleep.

Humidifiers help keep moisture in the air, which is drier in the winter months.

And of course drink plenty of water. Water is key to staying hydrated and keeping skin glowing.

Adding these tricks to your regimen will help keep dry skin at bay and allow you to bring your best face forward.