SKIN QUENCHERS

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THERE’S A LOT TO LOVE ABOUT colder weather: am­ber-hued fo­liage, pump­kin-spiced ev­ery­thing and, oh, the boots! But your skin can take a hit, ap­pear­ing less than plumped. As we flip closer to the end of the cal­en­dar year, it’s not un­com­mon for skin to de­velop signs of de­hy­dra­tion, says der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr. Vince Ber­tucci.

“De­hy­drated skin is char­ac­ter­ized by a lack of wa­ter in the up­per­most layer – known as the stra­tum corn-eum – and is brought on by ex­ter­nal el­e­ments, such as dry, hot en­vi­ron­ments,” says Dr. Ber­tucci.

Any skin type – even oily – can get de­hy­drated and re­spond with ir­ri­ta­tion, in­flam­ma­tion, itch­ing, flak­ing and fine lines.

Though day­light sav­ing time gifts you an ex­tra hour, your chrono­log­i­cal clock won’t help much. “As we age, lipid lev­els de­cline and lead to ac­cel­er­ated signs of ag­ing, such as rough tex­ture and wrin­kles,” says

Dr. Ber­tucci. “The skin also slows pro­duc­tion of hyaluronic acid, which is re­spon­si­ble for den­sity and hy­dra­tion.”

To take on all of Mother Na­ture’s knocks, give skin what it needs. “Ceramides, fatty acids, choles­terol and hyaluronic acid con­trib­ute to skin hy­dra­tion,” says Dr. Ber­tucci. “Hy­drated skin cells can re­pair them­selves and make new cells, which trans­lates into op­ti­mal skin health now and down the road.” His rem­edy in­cludes lay­er­ing up, mak­ing serum and mois­tur­izer work to­gether. “Switch­ing to a serum that con­tains hyaluronic acid can help re­plen­ish wa­ter loss,” says Dr. Ber­tucci. “A mois­tur­izer with ceramides can strengthen the skin’s bar­rier func­tion.”

1. This serum works from the out­side in, de­liv­er­ing hyaluronic acid to skin while in­creas­ing in­ter­nal lev­els. INTENSIFIER, SKINCEUTICALS …†‡ˆ, H.A. SKINCEUTICALS.CA,SPAS AND DERMATOLOGISTSAT MED­I­CAL 2. Aloe wa­ter and hyaluronic acid join forces in this sooth­ing, light­weight balm. L’ORÉAL PARIS SKIN EX­PERT HYDRA GE­NIUS DAILY LIQ­UID CARE FOR EX­TRA DRY SKIN, …‡‘ 3. Eighty-nine per­cent min­er­al­rich ther­mal wa­ter cre­ates a strength­en­ing shot for all skin types. VICHY LAB­O­RA­TO­RIES MINÉRAL •– FORTIFYING & HY­DRAT­ING DAILY SKIN BOOSTER WITH HYALURONIC ACID, …‘ˆ 4. With a re­plen­ish­ing blend of botan­i­cals and 0.15 per­cent hyaluronic acid, this quick fix will quench skin that’s in des­per­ate need of a drink. NEOSTRATA HY­DRAT­ING & PLUMPING SHEET MASK, …– EACH 5. Boast­ing long-last­ing mois­ture and lo­cal roots, this for­mula also con­tains a de­riv­a­tive of the bark of trees from the Cana­dian bo­real for­est. JOUVIANCE HYDRACTIV CREME¢GEL MOIS­TUR­IZ­ING COM­FORT CREAM, …‘ˆ 6. A del­i­cate scent and highly repar­a­tive es­sen­tial oil make for a hy­drat­ing pow­er­house. THE OR­GANIC PHAR­MACY JAS­MINE NIGHT CON­DI­TIONER, …¥ˆ, MURALE 7. This cock­tail is de­signed to bring re­ju­ve­nated eyes into fo­cus. Hello, hyaluronic acid, urea and cu­cum­ber ex­tract; farewell, fine lines! ESTÉE LAUDER AD­VANCED NIGHT RE­PAIR EYE CON­CEN­TRATE MA­TRIX, …•• 8. Free of fra­grances and parabens, this mois­tur­iz­ing body lo­tion con­tains shea but­ter to help de­liver long-last­ing nour­ish­ment from top to toe. LA ROCHE POSAY LIPIKAR LAIT BODY LO­TION, …‡¨

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