During the winter months, the lower temperatures outside combined with the dry heat indoors often leads to chaffing, chapped lips, and red, dry, flaky skin. Probably not exactly the look you are going for. Fortunately, a recent study has shown that vitamin D can not only help your skin look better, but feel better too.

Now we’ve all heard about the amazing things vitamin D3 does for our bodies—everything from heart and brain health to boosting immunity and reducing the risk for diabetes. But skin?

Yes…and it gets better. The study used a topical ointment that contained vitamin D3. Not only did the participants see an improvement in their dry skin, but the skin actually had greater skin moisture and hydration.

This is not surprising when you consider that vitamin D is critical for maintaining optimal health and balance of your skin’s tissues. In fact, several studies show that vitamin D can help a variety of skin conditions, including acne, psoriasis, and vitiligo.

To ensure you are getting the vitamin D your skin—and entire body!—needs, you can look for high-quality moisturizers that contain vitamin D3. You can also take 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 a day, and increase your intake of vitamin D-rich foods such as yogurt, whole-grain oatmeal, and wild-caught Pacific salmon.