In my opinion, the perks of winter include rich hot chocolate, lazy snow days and cute après-ski wear. The pitfalls? Dry, static-ridden hair, chapped lips, parched, flakey skin and itchy, well, itchy everything. Little did I know that despite falling temps, low humidity, brisk winds and high indoor heat a few essential items can make these cold weather problems a thing of the past.

Winter Beauty Must-Have #2: Water

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You may think you only need to sip H20 when you’re hot and sweaty. “But drinking enough water is just as important during the winter as it is in the summer,” says Susan Blum, M.D., assistant clinical professor of preventative medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and founder of The Blum Center for Health in Rye Brook, New York. Winter’s dry air can be dehydrating and your body, which is up to 60 percent water, still needs enough to function well and keep skin from looking dull and dry. Sip the recommended eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily—and even more if you exercise.