Get Your Skin Glowing In The Dead Of Winter
By Christa Joanna Lee
As much as we wish our winter beauty look could be as easy as naturally flushed pink cheeks and fluttery, snowflake-dusted lashes, in reality most of us are battling flaky skin, chapped lips and redness during this brutal season. So we sent out a beauty S.O.S. to the top skin experts and makeup artists in the biz to give us their best product recommendations, DIY tips, makeup tricks and more to save our skin from the winter elements and prep it for spring.
“A formula that contains jojoba oil is great for all skin types—even oily skin. This serum will also help to soften sun damage from the summer and make all those fine lines disappear. Pat it on before you go to sleep at night and wake up to hydrated skin.” —Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salon and Skincare Collection
“A scoop of coconut oil in the bath helps skin feels silky smooth and moisturized. My favorite mix is epsom salts and coconut oil with a few drops of essential oils.” —Pati Dubroff, Jergens’ celebrity makeup artist
Keep it simple with your anti-acne regimen. “Many people with acne overuse products. It’s best to limit the use of acids in the winter. So, if you’re using glycolic acid then don’t pair it with a salicylic acid. Or if you’re using night retinol don’t also use salicylic acid. Just make certain you know what acids you’re using and stick to one.” —Dr. Debra Jaliman
“After you get out of the shower, towel yourself off but leave a little bit of water on your body. Use a body oil that is room temperature and massage it into the skin. The remaining moisture on your skin will help to disperse the oil onto all the areas you’re addressing.” —Dr. Stafford Broumand, NYC-based plastic surgeon and associate clinical professor of plastic surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital
“My go-to blush colors are bright pink and coral. Most people associate these hues with summer, but they have become seasonless and are the perfect shades to add brightness to the drab of winter.” —Sonia Kashuk, makeup artist and founder of Sonia Kashuk Beauty
“Sleep with a humidifier in your bedroom. It will add just enough moisture to the environment to give your skin the chance to do some real healing. For those who are afraid of the bacteria that sometimes might accumulate in a humidifier, you can even get a little one that attaches to a water bottle.” —Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salon and Skincare Collection
“In cold weather, it’s imperative to have a good barrier to protect your skin against environmental elements. In freezing temperatures, it’s important to use products that don’t freeze because moisturizers that contain water will also freeze on your skin, which breaks down that barrier.” —Olga Lorencin-Northrup, skincare expert and founder of Kinara
“To warm up your face, try using two shades of tinted moisturizer. The paler one goes through the center of face and the darker around the perimeter of face, cheeks, side of forehead. This gives your face dimension, adds a soft glow and it never looks cakey.” —Pati Dubroff, Jergens’ celebrity makeup artist
“Once a week use a hydrating mask to boost your skin’s moisture. It instantly hydrates and revitalizes lifeless skin, leaving you dewy and fresh. We’ve all heard the advice to use a heavier moisturizer, but if you want to stick to your normal moisturizer, a mask gives your skin that extra kick.” —Dr. Bruce Katz, director of JUVA Skin & Laser Center in New York, clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai
Try your own DIY mask: “You can make a mask out of egg whites to take some of the excess oil out of your skin. Just beat an egg white with a teaspoon of lemon which makes it more acidic. Then place it on your skin for 15 minutes, let it dry and wash it off with warm water.” —Dr. Debra Jaliman
“Your winter cleanser for the face and body should be ‘milder’ than what you use in the summer. This means choosing a milk-, gel- or oil-based cleanser. Look for ingredients such as shea butter, cocoa butter or jojoba oil.” —Dr. Bruce Katz, director of JUVA Skin & Laser Center in New York, clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai
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