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Winter’s harsh weather, dry conditions, and party-packed schedule can take their toll on your skin. From causing irritated, wind-burned, dry skin to uncomfortable flaky lips, the holiday season can be unkind to your skin. However, if you pay as much attention to your skin care routine as you do to enjoying caroling and holiday happy hours, you can help maintain the appearance of a glow that will rival your neighborhood’s light displays. Ready to revamp your skin care routine this winter? Below, we share our best facial cleansers, moisturizers, face masks, and makeup to use during the cold weather season.
Though you may feel like dousing your face with scalding water after a day battling snow and icy wind, don’t give in to the temptation. Extremely hot water can be damaging and dehydrating to parched skin when utilized for prolonged time periods, leeching further moisture from your skin. If you can stand it, try tepid water when washing your face and limit your cleansing time; the longer you spend vigorously washing your face, the more susceptible your skin will be to irritation from the harsh, wintry elements.
Winter has a way of drying out skin all on its own, so the last thing you want to do is use over-cleanse. Keep a hydrating and soothing micellar water, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin, on hand. All you have to do is soak a cotton round with micellar water and wipe the pad across your face—no rinsing (or harsh rubbing) necessary.
Exfoliation is a key component in getting rid of dead skin cells from skin’s surface and allowing your glowing complexion to shine through. However, during the winter months, it’s important to use an exfoliator that’s gentle. Try the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Face Scrub, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Face Scrub, or L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Face Scrub, all of which offer gentle yet effective exfoliation. Use three times a week.
Thoroughly hydrating winter skin requires using an ultra-hydrating moisturizer. Reach for the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal to Dry Skin, or L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal to Oily Skin, which are formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration.
One of the key steps to moisturizing properly is locking in hydration when skin is still damp. So, don’t towel off after cleansing. Instead, apply moisturizer when your skin is still wet. You can use the same tip when it comes to your body—after stepping out of the shower, apply a body lotion to damp skin.
Combatting dry skin in winter doesn’t just have to do with the skin care products you use. A humidifier can help add moisture back into the air, so set one up near your bed and turn it on before you go to bed.
If you’ve been searching for a reason to use a face mask, pampering winter-stressed skin is the perfect excuse. Over time, harsh cleansing can be drying and sensitizing, leaving skin uncomfortable. As a result, skin needs cleansing that is effective yet gentle. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Face Mask is formulated to draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils, visibly reduce the appearance of imperfections, clear the look of congested pores, and gently cleanse stressed areas. Apply an even layer to clean, dry skin, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm (not hot!) water. Use three times a week for best results.
Sometimes no matter what you do to care for your skin in winter, you may still find that your skin looks red. That’s where pastel, color-correcting concealers come into play. With the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Color Correcting Crayons, you can help neutralize the appearance of imperfections. Use the green shade to hide redness this winter.
Since dry skin tends to look lackluster, give your winter skin a radiance boost by applying highlighter. If you don’t want to wear a heavy foundation, try the lightweight L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer in its place. To create a donut-like glaze, blend a couple of the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops onto your skin.
Last but not least, after caring for every other inch of your skin, you shouldn’t forget about your lips. Since flaky lips can be uncomfortable and unsightly, make sure to apply a lip balm throughout the day. Avoid matte lipsticks in winter, as these can draw attention to dry lips.
For more winter skin care tips, head on over to our article, How to Get a Winter Glow, next.