The key to keeping your skin smooth and supple in inclement weather is to protect, moisturize, and in case you missed step one, repair it. Legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland used to wear petroleum jelly on her face as a protective barrier between her skin and the element, but you don’t need to go to this extreme. Instead, look for ingredients that promote the retention of water in the skin and seek out ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, lanolin and honey.
SERVE AND PROTECT
The best way to keep your skin from cracking in the cold is by bundling up with hats, scarves and — most critically — gloves. If you happen to forget your mitts, keep a tube of Ahava Mineral Hand Cream nearby to revitalize and repair dry, chapped skin.
FAKE IT ’TIL YOU MAKE IT
It may take some time for treatments to repair rough, irritated skin. In the meantime, minimize the appearance of red, splotchy skin with a color-correcting concealer such as Dermablend Smooth Redness Concealer. Its green undertones help neutralize imperfections.
TAKE IT EASY
Every time you splash your face with soap and water, or take a long hot shower, you are stripping the skin of its natural barrier oils. Instead, get clean with a moisture-rich product such as NARS’ new NARSskin Gentle Cream Cleanser. It’s formulated with seawater from François Nars’ private island as well as sea algae extract to help brighten dry, dull complexions.
A pop of color is a great way to make your face glow on a cold grey day. Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Color Balm not only provides a quick hit of semi-sheer, saturated colour, it also contains mango and shea butters to make chapped lips feel smooth and pliable again.
Soothing irritated skin may be your immediate goal, but to keep skin healthy and hydrated (and ultimately less wrinkly and splotchy) use a super luxe moisturizer such as Shiseido Future Solution LX Total Regenerating Cream. This night moisturizer is designed to restore the skin’s resilience while you sleep. Another tip: because it comes in a pot, you can extend the longevity of this cream by using an applicator to put it on, instead of introducing bacteria while double dipping with your fingers.
Exfoliation helps skin stay supple in wintery weather. Philosophy Microdelivery Mini Peel Pads slough off dull, dead skin layers, which helps moisturizers better penetrate your epidermis. It also contains anti-inflammatory agents that that soothes irritated skin and minimizes redness.
Even when it’s not sunny, you need to wear sunscreen. Every day. All year round. Harmful UVA and UVB rays can penetrate clouds and glass, and they also reflect off snow giving you a double dose of skin damage. Since hydration is crucial this season, why not double up with a skin saver such as Elizabeth Arden Prevage Day Ultra Protection Anti-aging Moisture Lotion SPF30. It’s designed to deflect the sun with broad spectrum SPF protection.
SPOIL YOUR SKIN
One great thing about winter skin care is that it allows us to indulge in a little pampering masked as maintenance. For example, the refreshing scent and rich, emollient Bliss Lemon Sage Body Butter feels like a spa day in a tube. Paraben-free, it softens rough, scaly skin in what seems like seconds without leaving a greasy feeling.
TIP: Layering up is not limited to sweaters and coats — maximize the effectiveness of your skin care regimen by applying a moisturizer over a serum to lock in hydration.