1. Face Wash
If you only make one change to your skin-care routine, switch out your face wash. It sounds like a little thing, but "swapping a foaming cleanser for a creamy one is often all it takes to help skin adjust to colder, drier weather," says Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Try Essential Cleansing Milk or Skin Resonance Cream Oil Cleanser from Comfort Zone.
2. Facial Moisturizer
As a general rule, creams hydrate better than lotions because the ingredients that make them creamy also form a physical barrier that traps moisture in skin. And since the sun (yep, even in the winter) compounds dryness, pick one with sunscreen. We love the 24 double hydration of Comfort Zone's Hydramemory Cream.
Tips to maximize your moisturizer:
-Clear away dead skin cells - They keep moisturizer from sinking in. Buff your face gently twice a week with an exfoliating face wash.
-Always smooth lotion on damp skin - You've heard it before, but did you know you have a three minute window for best results? Wait any longer and moisture starts to disappear from your skin before you can lock it in.
-Moisturize with the bathroom door closed - It maintains the humidity. Any humectants in your cream can help pull that moisture into your skin.
3. Eye Cream
The same creamier-is-better rule applies to eye cream. Bonus: Since the skin around the eyes is thin, the extra hydration really plumps up fine lines. Try our esthetician Lori's favorite eye cream, Skin Regimen Juvenate Eye Balm, formulated with caffeine to tone and firm up fine lines.
4. Face Scrubs
In dry winter weather your normal exfoliator might be too harsh for your skin, and it can actually irritate it and cause flakes to come back or worsen. Try a gentler exfoliating face wash if you notice these effects, like Essential Peeling Enzymatic Mask, designed specifically for sensitive skin and cold climates.
5. Lip Balm
If your favorite lip balm is scented, it could be drying out your lips even more. Switch to a basic, unscented lip balm that comes in either a pot or a tube (our must have potted lip balm is Skin Regimen Juvenate Lip Cream). These formulas are thicker than stick balms and create a thick protective barrier that traps in water. Just wash your hands before and after you apply!
Important Lip Tips
The digestive enzymes in saliva actually break down the skin on our lips, and in severe cases can lead to cracking in the corners of the mouth. To fight this kind of irritation you may need a prescription from your doctor, or try layering petroleum jelly with a bit of hydrocortizone cream to fight any infection. Or, just remember to hydrate your lips to avoid this!
6. Body Wash
Using a moisturizing body wash (like the Oi Body Wash from Davines) is obviously a good idea. It sounds gross, but if you also stop sudsing up areas that don't need it every day (like your arms, legs, and stomach), they'll be even less likely to dry out.
7. Body Moisturizer
Since body moisturizer a) only works if you use it and b) is mind-numbingly boring to put on, you might as well find one that smells so good, you'll actually look forward to applying it. We prefer body butters, especially ones that are so rich you can turn the tub upside down without any cream falling out—perfect for rehabbing dry patches. We're partial to Bella Lucce's Nourishing Sandalwood and Almond Body Creme.
While you're at it:
Soothe your scalp! If your scalp is flaky and itchy, you might be suffering from weather induced dry scalp. Switching to a flake fighting formula like the Purifying Shampoo from Davines should clear up run of the mill dandruff in a couple of weeks. Battling something stronger? We recommend getting a product consultation with one of our stylists, aka hair and scalp experts.
Wearing waterproof mascara on the regular is a pain, but runny mascara is way worse. On days when it's so cold that your eyes tear up before you're down the block, go for the strong stuff, like TM Cosmetics Waterproof Luxury Mascara.
The answer to winter pastiness: Swap your foundation for a tinted moisturizer that makes you look dewy and warms up your skin tone if you go a smidge darker (we're talking half a shade, max). Grab yours (and a makeup lesson if necessary) from our TM Cosmetics line!
Crazy but true: "Scents don't evaporate as easily when the weather is dry, so your perfume won't be as noticeable," says perfumer Rodrigo Flores-Roux. If you typically wear light florals or citruses, take things up a notch. Look for cozy, earthy flowers, like rose and iris, and warm citrus fragrances. We can't recommend enough the four natural oil scents from Ambre Blends, a local company right here in Indianapolis. The scents react to your own pheromones, and are made stronger with your body heat. With all the coats and scarves you're wearing, we're sure you'll smell incredible.
Your hair isn't puffy now that summer is over (yay!) but with less moisture in the air, it's probably limp and staticky. We have two words for you: Oi Oil. Replace your usual defrizzer with a hair oil that smooths the hair and locks in moisture. Rub a few drops through the ends when they're wet and on unruly spots after they're dry.
12. When your hair is awesomely dull and limp, shine spray can weigh it down even more—and that's where dry conditioners come in. They deposit just enough oil and emollients to make dry hair softer and shinier, like a deep-conditioning treatment. Try the Amika Silken Up Dry Conditioner if your shine spray isn't working for you anymore.