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How do you keep your skin at its healthiest? / Image: The Style PA via flickr CC

If you are any bit of a planner, at this point you have already thought about New Year’s resolutions and likely at the top of your list is exercise, eating better and making a commitment to getting more sleep. While this time of year tends to mean holiday parties and resolving to change your (bad) habits for the better, for many, it also means about four more months of frigid air headed our way.

Cold, dry air is a nemesis to our skin, so it is important to find ways to combat and prevent skin damage caused by harsh winter weather. Luckily there are skincare tips that can help you get through the cold months and have positive lasting effects throughout the year.

First, know your skin type. If you don’t know what your skin type is, you could be taking care of it the wrong way and using products that aren’t for your face. This is an easy mistake to make as the makeup industry is completely convoluted and overwhelming. Make your way to your local Sephora and ask for a consultation where they will evaluate your skin.

Secondly, shun the sun. Okay, okay we’ve all heard it but you do need to protect your skin from the sun with a great SPF. Although you can’t be expected to stay indoors all year, sun damage can lead to brown spots, wrinkles and sagging skin. It’s important to wear sunscreen every day as UVA rays will travel through the windows at your office, home and car. During winter, it’s important to find a balance between embracing natural light for your mental health, but being wary of it for the health of your skin.

Third, change your pillowcases often. Washing out your bed, especially those pillowcases is incredibly important. You rest your face on it for hours and hours every night so even when you wash your face and lay in that pillow, the dirt and oil are being transferred from the fibers to your just-cleansed face.

Additionally, be sure to drink lots of water, and limit your caffeine and alcohol intake, as both can do long-term damage to your skin. These small tweaks can fit right into your New Year’s resolutions!

Do you have any other tips for healthier skin in 2015?