The holidays are the busiest time of the year, but also the driest and coldest. Switching your skin care from fall to winter doesn’t have to be a challenge or a time constraint! Do more with less and add products to your regimen that cleanse, treat, moisturize and protect your skin. We consulted with Dr. Joel Schlessinger, board-certified dermatologist and CEO of LovelySkin, for his opinion on the importance of maintaining these essentials, regardless of the season.
“If you live in a place that gets cold or dry during the winter months, your first instinct may be to remove essentials like SPF. This couldn’t be more wrong! UVA/UVB rays can harm your skin all year round. The best way to avoid premature aging is to wear a sunscreen every day, reapplying at least every two hours. In addition, don’t ever skip washing your face before bed. As long as your skin is clean, hydrated and protected, your regimen will easily transition from fall to winter.”
Get more bang for your buck and clear some space in your bathroom with a few of our favorite multitasking products this winter!
Try a facial cleanser that does more.
Purify and cleanse skin with the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm with Cleansing Cloth. This must-have facial cleanser is great for use all year long, but the nourishing moringa seed extract and blend of essential oils in this balm formula make it a must-have for winter. Vitamin E and wild sea fennel diminish the appearance of pores while the unique cleansing cloth helps exfoliate and refine skin. As if this weren’t enough, the gentle formula also easily removes makeup, so there’s no need for an extra eye makeup remover!
Protect and even skin tone all year round with an antioxidant treatment.
SkinMedica’s new LUMIVIVE System provides protection against premature aging, pigmentation, blue light and more. Since blue light and pollution can affect your skin all year round, it’s important to have an antioxidant treatment in your regimen that keeps your complexion protected 365 days a year. The LUMIVIVE System features two products—one for day and one for night—making it easy to keep your skin protected no matter the weather. The LUMIVIVE DAY provides potent protection against environmental aggressors and blue light while the LUMIVIVE NIGHT helps detoxify and rejuvenate skin overnight. As an added bonus, this radiance-enhancing duo also boosts skin’s ability to heal itself, leading to a clearer, more even-toned complexion.
Heal and moisturize dry or windburnt skin with a multipurpose balm.
FixMySkin Healing Body Balm with 1% Hydrocortisone is a one-size-fits-all multitasker. This super-nourishing balm relieves irritation with 1% hydrocortisone while shea and cocoa butters provide hydration to dry, flaky and itchy skin. The soothing formula can be used to heal eczema, bug bites, allergic reactions, chapped lips, cracked hands and so much more. In addition, this universal balm also comes in a convenient stick formula, so it can easily travel with you wherever the holidays bring you (and your skin care)!
Diminish signs of aging and protect against sun damage with an anti-aging SPF.
Even though the days in winter are shorter and colder, UV rays can damage your skin all year round! Treat and protect your eyes with the Colorescience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35. This 3-in-1 treatment visibly improves the appearance of puffiness, dark circles and crow’s feet with peptides, vitamins and hyaluronic acid while providing 100% mineral broad-spectrum sun protection with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. The universally flattering tint brightens the eye area while providing the perfect canvas for makeup application and the smooth, cooling applicator soothes tired eyes. Safe for contact lens wearers and sensitive skin, this easy to apply, multipurpose treatment is your new must-have, regardless of the season.
Shield and soothe your skin with an SPF that minimizes redness.
Winter is no joke—the cold weather and harsh wind can really do a number on our skin and we are still at risk for UV exposure! Did you know that the snow can reflect up to 80% of the sun’s UV light? Keep your skin protected through the cold season with the EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 Sunscreen – Tinted. This soothing sunscreen not only provides broad-spectrum sun protection but also diminishes the appearance of redness and minimizes irritation with niacinamide, a form of vitamin B3. The universally flattering tint helps even skin tone and texture while hyaluronic acid attracts moisture to the skin. Additionally, the EltaMD UV Clear also promotes gentle exfoliation with lactic acid and provides antioxidant protection with vitamin E.
Bring your routine from day to night with a hydrating retinol.
If you’re concerned about dryness during winter, try a gentle retinol to resurface and rejuvenate your complexion without the irritation. The Revision Skincare D·E·J Night Face Cream contains 0.25% time-released retinol and bakuchiol, a potent, broad-spectrum antioxidant that improves the efficacy of the retinol. The low percentage and the unique technology that slowly delivers the ingredient to your skin provide all the benefits of a potent retinol with fewer opportunities for irritation. The formula also contains Revision’s Pre-Biotic Innovation, which helps balance the microorganisms that exist on our skin to promote long-term skin health. Finally, antioxidants provide protection against free radicals and peptides help improve the visible signs of aging! Who knew a night cream could do so much?
Want to learn more about bringing your routine into the new season? Read more about winter skin care on our blog!