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Keeping skin healthy during winter months

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 GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) -- We are in the middle of winter, and your skin might be taking the brunt of these brutal temperatures.

WDAZ's Danielle Saitta has some tips that might help to hydrate your skin, and tells us why your moisturizer might not be working.

As a relentless arctic blast clamps down on the region with sub zero temperatures -- many of our bodies are taking a beating.

“It's only when it's below zero; it's freezing,” says Heather Espinoza.

With dried-out skin.

There are dozens of products on the shelves of store, but what you pick can actually make your problem worse.

“I know a lot of people who have combinations of dry skin but they're using products used for oily skin and that's going to really help dry it out,” says Mattie Yutrzenka.

When it comes to skin care, a lot of people will try to use a product that is not meant for their current skin condition and this can actually worsen the effect on their skin.

At skin care facilities, such as Premier Aesthetics and Sublime in Grand Forks -- experts say one of the best ways to hydrate dry skin is by exfoliating.

“Facials are really beneficial and also exfoliating facials, they also exfoliate the dead skin cell and then it reveals the beautiful baby soft skin underneath,” says Lori Mercil.

They also say some of the best things you can do to save your skin, and your wallet, is drink plenty of water and limit your time in the shower, using warm instead of hot water.

Locals around town have their own methods of keeping their skin hydrated in these bitter temperatures.

Heather Espinoza, “I stay away from hot showers and moisturize my body with cocoa butter.”