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The weather outside is frightful...and your skin is looking less than delightful. Counteract the drying effects of cold winter air and indoor heating with an oil-laden facial cleanser. Natural oils like jojoba, macadamia, and cottonseed break down dirt and makeup and quench parched patches. While that may sound like a slippery scenario, grease is not the word when rinsing away these multitaskers. "They're made up of lipids that are deposited onto the skin and absorbed quickly, so you aren’t left with oily residue,” says Shape advisory board member David Bank, M.D., director of the Center for Dermatology in Mount Kisco, NY. “These lipids help the skin hold on to water, keeping it hydrated and soft.” Try Garnier Clean+ Nourishing Cleansing Oil for Dry Skin ($8; drugstores) or Shu Uemura High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Advanced Formula ($67; shuuemura-usa.com).
Your skin also has its own lipid barrier, and strengthening it is another way to lock in moisture. Slather on Dove DermaSeries Intense Repairing Body Cream ($18; exclusively at Rite Aid). Its proprietary complex of fatty acids and humectants activates proteins in the skin that keep this barrier healthy, making for smoother skin.
Even if you don’t feel particularly dry, your complexion may suddenly seem dull and drab. And
it probably is: Dead skin cells build up during the winter, making it harder for fresh new ones
to emerge—leaving skin less than glowing. Exfoliating is one way to shed dead cells, or give skin an energy boost from the inside by recharging the mitochondria, which act as the batteries of the cells, suggests Bank. Certain antioxidants, such as vitamin B3, algae extract, and coenzyme Q10, accelerate these power producers, speeding up the rate at which cells naturally turn over so skin looks more radiant. Bonus: Energizing the cells also maximizes their anti-aging performance by helping reduce free radicals, so skin stays firm and tight. Try Olay Regenerist Luminous Dark Circle Correcting Hydraswirl ($25; drugstores) or MitoQ Power Antioxidant Rejuvenation ($119; mitoq.com).
Skin is the one thing you'll wear for the rest of your life. Give it the love it deserves with this derm-approved plan
Skin is the one thing you'll wear for the rest of your life. Give it the love it deserves with this derm-approved plan.