Winter Skin Rescue

Winter Skin Rescue

Dehydrated skin affects all skin types and peaks in the winter months when temperatures outside plummet and indoor heat rises. Tweaking your skincare routine this time of the year can quite literally make all the difference in rescuing dry and lackluster skin. Read on for tips on products to switch out or infuse into your routine, from your first step to your last.

Cleanse

Use a gentle and lipid-rich cleanser during the winter months, such as cleansing oils, lotions, and creams. These will help soothe the skin while helping the skin retain moisture.

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Toner

Opt for a balancing and hydrating toning step with moisturizing properties to help infuse hydration. Your toning step will help prime the skin for skincare application and optimize product penetration. If you'd like some mild exfoliation, opt for one which also has lactic acid, which will help to promote gentle exfoliation while also aiding in hydration. Spritz the skin with a hydrating mist throughout the day for a quick burst of hydration to keep skin happy.

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Serum

Handpick serums that will help infuse extra hydration into the skin, such as hyaluronic acid-based serums. Think of these as a tall glass of water for the skin. They layer beautifully into any routine and help calm the skin, aid in redness and sensitivity while plumping and diminishing fine lines and wrinkles.

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Moisturize

Winter is the perfect time to opt for a richer moisturizer and finishing oil versus lightweight or gel moisturizers. This will aid in protecting the barrier, which becomes more lackluster, dry, and sensitized during the winter months - and will also help to seal in skincare and retain moisture within the skin. It's important to remember that when the skin becomes overly dehydrated, it can increase oil production, which is why it's so important that those with combination and oily skin types hydrate the skin to keep sebum production balanced. Be sure to be generous with you nighttime application when skin is more susceptible to transepidermal water loss (when moisture is pulled from the skin in dry environments), and place a humidifer bedside to help boost up the humidity in your bedroom.

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Lips

Not only do dry lips look bad, but we're also equally tempted to lick and pick, which will only lead to them becoming more dry, sensitive, and cracking. The best SOS? Gentle exfoliation with the products recommended below, or by using a gentle lip polish or baby toothbrush. Opt for a rich lip balm and frequently reapply throughout the day.

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Exfoliate

Exfoliation is an absolute must to promote cellular turnover and slough away lackluster skin. It will not only make skin appear more radiant, combat breakouts, and improve texture and signs of aging, but it will aid skincare to penetrate deeper, which means you'll notice better results in your skincare use. Opt for a gentle enzymatic or acidic exfoliant two to three nights per week.

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Mask

A quick hydrating mask post-exfoliation will help calm, plump, and hydrate the skin. If you're finding the skin is feeling especially tight, dehydrated, or sensitive, this will be the go-to at-home rescue to aid the skin instantly.

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