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3 Simple Winter Habits for Healthy, Hydrated Skin

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The skin care section of the department store sparkles like a Christmas present — pink, silver, gold and irresistible. But beauty cream is a business, and the products the pretty girls behind the counters are hawking are not only expensive, they’re often unnecessary.

Healthy skin does not come out of a spendy little box. Here are low-cost, winter hacks to treat your skin well.

First off, hydrate your house.

Humidifiers aren’t just for sick kids. Find yours and rev it up. For healthy sinuses and skin, you should aim for an indoor air humidity of 30 to 50 percent. (1)

Over-humidifying your house puts you at risk for molds, asthma attacks and peeling wallpaper. (2) Worried about staying in range? A hygrometer, which measures air humidity, can be purchased at hardware and home improvement stores.

Clean your electric humidifier every three days and change the filter regularly. (2)

If you have a wood or coal stove, a cast iron steamer is the grandmother of your electric humidifier. There’s no need to worry about dirty filters or mold. Refill regularly.

If you are cooking, cleaning, dancing or otherwise engaged in the kitchen for any period of time, keep a pot of boiling water (the great-grandmother of your electric humidifier) on the stove.

Returning moisture to the air in your home isn’t just good for your skin. It also benefits your wood furniture, woodwork and plants.

Chill out in the shower.

Hot water and steam in the shower can dry out your skin and leave you itching and squirming all day. Keep the shower “just warm enough,” and don’t tarry in there.

Consider switching from harsh soaps to a “beauty bar”. You know the one ... it’s not soap and your grandmother’s house smelled like it — “the beauty bar with bath oil.”

Coconut oil isn’t just for hipsters and foodies.

After that not-too-hot shower, moisturize with coconut oil. Coconut oil on a cotton ball can be used to remove eye makeup. A touch of coconut oil on the cheekbones works as a skin brightener.

Try this coconut oil lip balm recipe adapted from Kelly Dougher at bustle.com:

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