That chill in the air isn't going away anytime soon.

The sun is setting earlier and the temperature is dropping and before you know it you'll be covered in layers protecting your skin from the frigid air. During this time of the season is when your skin is more likely to become dry because of the colder air and temperatures.

That's why it's so important to make sure you're doing your part in making sure that your exposed skin doesn't suffer from that icy chill that comes with autumn and winter. Combat dry skin with these tips that will make sure your skin stays in tip-top shape.

Avoid Long, Hot Showers

Spending too much time in the shower will dry out your skin. Dr. Lauren Ploch, a certified dermatologist with the American Academy of Dermatology, says "the shorter the shower, the better." Long showers lead to longer water exposure that strips the skin of necessary body oils leaving skin itchy and dry.

By using lukewarm water and taking a quick shower, no more than five minutes, will limit your water exposure and result in skin becoming less dry.

Choose a Gentle Body Cleanser

Avoid the average body soap from your grocery store. These tend to be filled with antibacterial components and heavily perfumed. Both of which further exacerbate dry skin.

Instead, purchase soaps with natural ingredients that will help defend skin against dryness.

Exfoliate Twice a Week

Autumn and winter bring cold air outside and heaters bring warm air inside. This constant changing of air temperatures can wreck havoc on your skin. By giving yourself a nice scrub a couple times a week you'll easily get rid of dead skin cells that buildup and help fight against future dry skin. But make sure to follow the next tip below.

Moisturize Immediately After Shower

The best time to moisturize is immediately after the shower. By doing so you'll be trapping water into the skin which will assist in keeping it moisturized throughout the day.

Drink Plenty of Water

Drinking lots of water is the easiest thing a person can do but often times the most overlooked. By consuming plenty of water, studies point to at least eight glasses a day, you'll be helping your body stay hydrated. The body itself produces natural oils that fight against dry skin so make sure you're helping your body by drinking a good amount of water.

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