UL­TI­MATE SKIN GUIDE

Tell win­ter to chill. Take your cues from the run­ways and go for a glow­ing, ra­di­ant com­plex­ion—use our ex­pert tips and must-try prod­ucts to re­vamp your beauty rou­tine

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Lay­er­ing is the key word if you have dry skin, and you’re head­ing into the most dry­ing sea­son of all. “For re­ally ex­treme cases, we’ll have peo­ple ap­ply a face balm at night un­der­neath their mois­tur­izer as an ex­tra level of hy­dra­tion,” says An­drea Scott, co-founder of Skoah skin­care line. For ma­ture skin, she rec­om­mends adding a few drops of a lipid-based serum or oil to your mois­tur­izer. “With ma­ture skin, the more hy­drated it is the bet­ter it looks.”

Oily skin gets just as de­hy­drated as other skin types in the win­ter, but be­cause it makes more of its own oil, it’s spared the worst of win­ter dry­ness. In­stead of load­ing up with heavy creams that may make oilier types break out, drench skin with lighter but hy­drat­ing serums or gels. “Use some­thing like our Skoah Hy­dradew cu­cum­ber-skin ex­tract mask weekly or bi-weekly,” says Scott. “If your skin feels re­ally dry, you can put it on un­der­neath your mois­tur­izer and just let it work all day—it’s trans­par­ent so it just soaks into the skin.”

Weather-re­lated mois­ture loss can lead to red­ness, flak­i­ness and itch­i­ness, and if you have eczema, you might ex­pe­ri­ence more flare-ups in win­ter. “I per­son­ally steam a lot dur­ing this time of year be­cause it seems like that hy­dra­tion re­ally sticks with me,” says Kate Somerville of Kate Somerville skin­care line, who suf­fers from eczema and dry­ness. “Im­me­di­ately af­ter­wards I use my Der­malQuench serum and I seal it in with a heav­ier mois­tur­izer.”

If you’re prone to acne and fight­ing it with in­gre­di­ents such as sal­i­cylic acid or ben­zoyl per­ox­ide, know that these treat­ments act partly by dry­ing out the skin’s ex­cess oil. That may be great in the spring, but un­com­fort­ably dry­ing in the win­ter. “You might want to back off a lit­tle bit and just space out their us­age more,” says Somerville. “And still ex­fo­li­ate reg­u­larly.”

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