Winter Skin Concerns

17 Dec

Baby, it’s cold outside!  Most of us love the idea of snuggling up in front of a fire, drinking hot chocolate, and walking into a nicely heated holiday party full of our family and friends, but these wonderful activities come with a price: dry skin.  Your normal skincare routine just might not cut it through this season due to dry heat depleting the moisture from your skin.  Here are a few fabulous tips on how to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy and radiant through the winter season.

Flakey skin on the face– This particular skin issue can be tricky and most people think a solution would be to exfoliate with an abrasive face scrub.  This alone isn’t going to work because dead skin cells don’t come off with manual exfoliation, they just loosen up.  Pick up a daily treatment containing alpha hydroxyl acids or beta hydroxy acids to use before your moisturizer day and night.  The acids will dislodge the dead skin giving you a healthy winter glow.  Try Clinique Turnaround Concentrate found here:

Tight, itchy skin on the face– Even if your skin is usually on the oily side, during this time of year you could notice tightness in the cheek area or forehead.  A good solution is to add a hydrating moisture mask to your skincare regimen twice a week.  Think of it as pampering yourself with a mini facial.  Try Laura Mercier Intensive Moisture Mask. Found here:

Dull looking skin on the face– Make your skin look incredibly hydrated and glowing with an illuminator.  Moisturize your skin well and then apply your foundation.  Don’t use a setting powder during this season because it will make your skin look dry and matte.  Apply a liquid illuminator from the eyebrows on the forehead to the upper cheekbones making a “C” shape.  This will give your skin a beautiful winter glow and a little pop of color.  Try Nars Liquid Illuminator. Found here:

Scaly, dry skin on hands– Washing your hands constantly will dry you hands out in any season, but they can get chapped or even crack during the winter.  Find a hand cream with Shea butter that is a soother and a protector and always massage in an extra amount before bed.  Try L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream. Found here:,p01MA150K7.htm?cm_vc=SearchRes

Tight, itchy skin on the body– Dehydration on the body is so uncomfortable that it hurts sometimes.  The best thing to do is to find a good body exfoliator with alpha hydroxyl acids and use this 2-3 times a week before your body cleanser. Moisturize every day and night with a body cream, not lotion.  It is also a good idea to take showers in lukewarm water instead of hot water and to add in a bath at least once a week with a body oil mixed in.  Here are the products that best address this issue.  Try Kate Somerville Exfoli-Kate Body Intense Exfoliating Treatment then follow with First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream.  For baths, try Fresh Sugar Body Oil. Found here:

We hope this helps with your winter skin! Let us know what you think!


2 Responses to “Winter Skin Concerns”

  1. caitlin macbeth December 23, 2010 at 12:47 am #

    I’m constantly washing my hands, so I’ll definitely be trying the loccitane hand cream!

  2. Jen December 23, 2010 at 5:45 am #

    I’m excited to try the Laura Mercier face mask!

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