Winter weather creates some specific skin care challenges. If you don’t take special care with your skin you could be staring at a chapped, red, flaky face in the mirror in very short order.

That’s not exactly the face that you want to bring to the company Christmas party, or the face that you want showing up in all of those family holiday photographs.

A recent article in the Post Independent covered several excellent tips for winter skin care.

The first tip was, of course, to moisturize. Winter leeches the moisture out of the air and out of your skin. Your skin needs you to constantly replenish its supply of moisture and nutrients if it is going to stay healthy.

The second tip? Use sunscreen. Here’s why:

Don’t be fooled by cold weather — the sun reflects off the snow and can cause damage to the deeper layers of your skin. Use only sunscreens that block out the ultra-violet (UV) type A and B rays.

UVA is present year round and causes skin aging and cancer. UVB is around mostly in summer, and causes sunburn.

In other words, the sun doesn’t stop shining just because it’s hot.

Finally, you should drink plenty of water throughout the winter months. If you don’t, your skin won’t absorb your moisturizer like it should, meaning that you won’t get the best results.

Looking great in winter doesn’t have to take that much effort, as long as you’re conscientious about adhering to this easy winter skin care routine.