Ask SugarSocial: Cold Weather Skincare

ask-sugar-social-winter-skincare2013Beth writes:
We’ve seen the first snowflakes on the East Coast. What can I do to get my skin ready for the cold weather? I’m looking dull and feeling dry.

Beth asks a great question. Your spring/summer skincare regimen isn’t going to cut it for the cold months. Chilly temperatures, indoor heating, and dry air suck the moisture out of your skin, leaving you feeling dry, tight, and looking lackluster. Here are a few ways you can change up your routine and get great-looking skin, even as the snow falls.

mac-studio-moisture-cream1. Upgrade to a heavy-duty moisturizer for nighttime.
A thicker moisturizer will hydrate and comfort dry skin. Even if you are oily, you need something with a bit more heft if you experience cold winters. I love MAC Studio Moisture Cream ($32). It’s rich, creamy, and feels so comforting on skin. Use it at night and let it sink in while you sleep.

eucerin-daily-protection2. Don’t forget the SPF.
You may be experiencing dreary, gray weather, but you still need sun protection. Eucerin Daily Protection Moisturizing Face Lotion SPF 30 ($9) is fantastic. It feels light on skin, and provides broad-spectrum protection that will last for hours.

100-pure-brightening-cleanser3. Brighten Up.
If your skin is looking dull, switch to a brightening cleanser. 100% Pure Skin Brightening Facial Cleanser ($19) relies on natural skin brighteners (lemon juice, strawberries, fruit acids, licorice, sake, and bearberry) to bring back your glow. Plus, it’s totally natural, vegan, and cruelty-free…and smells like lemons.

Read on for more ways to pamper your skin during cold winter weather.

peter-thomas-roth-dermal-resurfacer4. Exfoliate.
Peter Thomas Roth Clinical Peel & Reveal Dermal Resurfacer ($58) is pricey, but so worth it this time of year. It exfoliates in three ways: it peels with alpha hydroxy acid, exfoliates with pumpkin enzyme, and polishes with aluminum oxide. It packs a triple punch that will leave you glowier after just one use. Use once a week and you’ll notice a big difference over time.

clarisonic-mia-25. Brush Up On Cleansing.
I am a big advocate for facial brushing. Using the Clarisonic Mia 2 ($150) has drastically changed my complexion for the better. If you can swing it, it’s an investment that is well worth it. Use this with your regular daily cleanser, not an exfoliator (it can be too harsh for your skin).

aveeno-moroccanoil6. Boost Your Bath.
Take care of your entire body, not just the skin on your face. Add some soothing elements to your bath. Aveeno Soothing Bath Treatment ($8) is made from nourishing colloidal oatmeal, which calms skin, and it comes in handy single-use packets. Adding a few drops of argan oil to running water will help soothe and moisturize skin as you soak. Moroccanoil Pure Argan Oil ($50) is amazing. And keep bath water warm; it’s better for your skin and draws out less moisture than piping hot water.

eos-lip-balm7. Lip Balm is Essential.
Don’t forget about your pucker. eos Lip Balm ($3) is my favorite.

Any tips you have for acing winter skincare? Share them in the comments!

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