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“The first step in healing rough skin is to use a moisturizer to ensure that the skin is hydrated and the other skin layer is functioning optimally,” says Joshua Zeichner, MD, FAAD, a Manhattan-based dermatologist. “Look for moisturizers that contain ingredients like ceramides or oat extract,” he suggests. These help to protect and repair the outermost layer of skin.

Second, add gentle exfoliating agents to your regimen. "Chemical exfoliators like glycolic acid dissolve connections between skin cells on the surface of the skin so dead cells can more easily be shed," Zeichner explains.

Next, in order to strengthen the skin's foundation, it's important to use ingredients like retinol in your skincare routine. "This will fortify the skin's barrier, brighten skin tone, and enhance cell turnover to improve radiance," clarifies Zeichner.