Take Exfoliation Up A Notch
To uncover healthy skin, you must buff the dry, wintry stuff away. Removing dull cells reveals the new skin underneath, helping keep pores clear of trapped debris. To tackle this rougher, tougher skin, you need something strong, like a weekly at-home microdermabrasion treatment. For normal and combination skin, crushed crystal particles are a good choice because they effectively whisk away dead cells without stripping skin of protective oils.
If your skin is oily or acne-prone, look for products with salicylic acid to cleanse pores, too. For sensitive, easily irritated skin, choose something gentler. A caveat for all skin types: If skin is red, stinging, or burning, avoid exfoliation until the condition is resolved—it will only further irritate skin.
Add A Hydrating Mask To Your Routine
A simple way to replenish lipids (skin oils that seal in moisture) is with hydrating masks. They contain humectants like urea and lactic acid that attract moisture as well as occlusive ingredients that seal in moisture, so skin stays dewier longer. Twice a week after cleansing, apply a mask to damp skin and leave on for 10 minutes.
Mist Your Complexion
It's no wonder skin can feel two sizes too small during the winter: Humidity levels often drop as low as 10 percent during the dry season (35 to 40 percent is considered optimal for skin to stay hydrated). One simple countermeasure is to give yourself a booster shot of hydration with a facial mister. The best ones are formulated with ingredients that perk up your complexion but are light enough that your makeup won't be ruined.