Sure, stuffing yourself into a down parka can make you feel (and, OK, look!) like the abominable snowman. But staying warm is a surprising secret to feeling merry. "Winter's cold can make you feel sluggish because of the increased energy demand on your body," says Vincent Pedre, MD, a clinical instructor of medicine at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City. For the easiest spirit-lifter, bundle up; don't leave home without your scarf, gloves, and hat.
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All that wind and indoor heat can leave skin flaky. You could move to Tahiti--or just switch to a richer body moisturizer at the first sign of dryness, says New York City dermatologist Sapna Westley, MD.

In a staff road test, these left skin smoother within two days: Burt's Bees
Ultimate Care Body Lotion
($10; mass retailers), Jergens Crema Soothing Aloe Vera ($6; mass retailers), and Vaseline Intensive Rescue Soothing Moisture Body Lotion ($4; mass retailers).