If you have the same skin care routine year-round, we hate to have to tell you that you are doing it wrong—but, you kind of are. Winter conditions (especially if you live somewhere with low humidity or rely heavily on indoor heating) tend to dry out our skin much more than other times of the year.

Prioritizing winter skin care can ultimately help keep the rest of your body healthy. That’s because dry, cracked skin makes it easier for bacteria and germs to get into your system. So keeping yourself moisturized (especially your hands) is just one more step you can take to stay safe from colds, the flu, or COVID-19.

Give dry skin and lackluster locks the cold shoulder by revamping your regimen this year. Nix these no-nos and you’ll get healthy skin and hair in return.