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It’s hard to think of skin as an organ, but not only is your skin an organ — it’s your body’s largest organ. Your skin serves a variety of important functions, including protecting your body from germs and regulating your body temperature. Your skin has three layers: the epidermis (the top layer), the dermis (the middle layer), and the hypodermis (the bottom layer). The part of the skin you are probably most familiar with is the epidermis, although 90% of your skin’s thickness is in the dermis which contains your sweat glands and oil glands, among other important components (via Cleveland Clinic).

However, according to the experts at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, it is important to keep your skin regularly moisturized to reduce your chances of developing acne and blemishes. Moisturizer is also key in enhancing your skin’s hydration, which is important to prevent dermatitis and skin irritations (via Clinical Medicine & Research).

You may think simply applying moisturizer before you go to bed is all you need to do to guarantee hydrated skin the next morning, but waking up every day with hydrated skin sometimes requires a bit more attention.

Make these adjustments to keep your skin hydrated

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If you’re someone who already applies moisturizer at bedtime, but you aren’t seeing the kind of results you expected, it could be because your bedroom is overly dry. A dry room could cause the moisturizer to evaporate overnight. If this sounds like your situation, dermatologists suggest you try using a humidifier. A humidifier can help to raise the humidity in the air of your room, which will improve the way your skin reacts to the atmosphere of the space, dermatologist Shereene Idriss tells Well+Good. Humidifiers are useful in the winter, as well as in the summer if you use an air conditioner, since air conditioners can dehumidify the air. You should also consider sleeping with a humidifier if you live in a dry climate.

Other ways you can keep your skin hydrated overnight include applying face oil or an overnight hydrating mask. And don’t forget about your extremities! For hydrated hands, moisturize with Vaseline and put on cotton gloves to avoid a mess while you sleep. And for the feet, apply thick moisturizer and then cover up those tootsies up with soft moisture socks (via Bustle).

And to maximize your overnight moisturizing regimen, you should also maintain habits that will support healthy skin, such as refraining from smoking, wearing sunscreen outdoors, using gentle cleansers, and reducing stress (via Cleveland Clinic).