One of the drawbacks of the transition from fall to winter is the toll that it takes on the skin; dullness, health dryness, irritation and unevenness are among the season’s foremost skincare woes. Fortunately, there are ways to resuscitate weather-worn skin that don’t involve purchasing a one-way ticket to a tropical locale or basking in the faux glow of the tanning bed’s synthetic ultraviolet rays. With the help of a few trusty products, a radiant, even-toned complexion can be achieved in spite of the elements. As such, the following are a few foolproof tips for winter-proofing your skin:

Make the Switch. Just as you’ve likely cleaned out your closet to make room for your thick knits and winter boots, you should also clean out your makeup cabinet, switching out your summer skincare products for their winter-appropriate counterparts. In place of your summer gel cleanser, a cream cleanser (or a cream-to-foam formula like Lancome’s CRÈME RADIANCE Lancome's CRÈME RADIANCE Clarifying cleanserClarifying cleanser) can help to retain the skin’s moisture, as it gently removes makeup and other impurities without leaving it parched or tight. A thick, intensive moisturizer (as opposed to one with a lighter consistency) is another cold-weather necessity — Tom Ford Intensive Infusion Ultra Rich Moisturizer is filled with nutrients, antioxidants and hydrating agents which protect and replenish the skin, as well as making it significantly brighter and more resilient. Finally, a nighttime treatment like NARSskin Aqua Gel Hydrator is incredibly luxe yet lightweight, and works overtime to restore hydration to dull skin.

Tom Ford Intensive Infusion Ultra Rich Moisturizer

 

 

Exfoliate Unconventionally. With dry, flaky skin among winter’s worst offenders, exfoliation is imperative during the colder months, because it polishes the skin and preps it to more readily reap the benefits of your hydration-boosting moisturizer; however, coarse scrubs can potentially further irritate the skin, which would only make matters worse. To slough away dead skin without buffing it raw, try switching from a heavy-duty exfoliant to a cleanser with glycolic acid, which mimics a scrub’s ability to remove dead skin cells without any harsh aftereffects. As an added bonus, glycolic acid is reputed to reduce telltale signs of aging, including the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Sonya Dakar Omega-3 Repair Complex

Fight Oil with Oil. File this under “Truths that Defy Logic:” one of the best ways to combat the oily skin that may make an appearance during the winter months (or to further alleviate any rough patches) is with more oil. Believe it or not, a facial serum like Sonya Dakar Omega-3 Repair Complex will not only seal moisture in, but can actually help to regulate the skin’s natural oil production. When applied properly (i.e. sparingly — a little bit goes a long way!), the result is a glowing, healthy and youthful-looking visage. Josie Maran Organic Argan Oil can be also used on the body; after a warm shower (avoid cranking up the heat too much, as this can dehydrate the skin), apply this all-natural wonder to soothe any dryness.

Josie Maran Organic Argan Oil

If All Else Fails, Fake It. Naturally, a mid-winter warm-weather getaway isn’t in the cards for some of us — that’s where tinted moisturizer comes in. Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare All-in-One Tinted Moisturizer indeed has it all: a two-in-one moisturizer armed with SPF 15, it softens skin and protects it against the sun’s UVA/UVB rays (which still pose a threat, even if there’s a chill in the air) while also adding a dose of subtle color. After applying the incredibly lightweight and quickly-absorbing formula, you can safely say goodbye to pale, sallow skin.

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare All-in-One Tinted Moisturizer

In conjunction with these product picks, there are several additional ways to ensure that your skin is properly quenched from the inside out throughout the wintry months. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day and maintaining a healthy diet can significantly impact the skin’s appearance, while regular exercise will better promote circulation, giving you a fresh-faced flush that can’t truly be replicated with any of the tools in your makeup arsenal. Yet the aforementioned skincare products can certainly lend a much-needed helping hand in your quest for a glowing winter complexion.

by Gianna Froccaro