12 Ways to Soothe Your Winter Skin

You can still have pretty skin…even in the winter. Use these rich and soothing products to calm any irritation and resurface the healthy, fresh skin that lies below.


1. Don’t Forget Below the Neck
Red, blotchy skin is an unsightly side effect of dropping temps. While color-corrective foundation might cover up your face, shoulders and décolleté will be exposed in sexy strapless dresses. Dermatologist Jean Louis Sebagh, who has worked with Cindy Crawford, suggests treating these sensitive areas of the body with super-charged facial products to even out complexion. Sebagh’s Rose de Vie Serum Delicat ($200;http://rstyle.me/bt4xg2cypw) contains organic virgin rose muscat oil to replenish and hydrate, as well as Symcalmin, an antinflammatory.

Courtesy Rose de Vie


2. Hydrate with Honey
Los Angeles aesthetician Kate Somerville’s product line is coveted by celebs like Rachel Bilson, but sometimes she advises her clients to use products in their pantry. “Honey is a great hydrator, so it will attract water to your skin cells and then lock it in. It also has antimicrobial properties, so it’s great for all skin types, especially the acne prone.” Her secret recipe: “Take a teaspoon of honey and massage it onto clean skin. Leave it on for about ten minutes and then rinse with warm water. Your skin will feel so soft and smooth.”

3. Embrace P-199
“P-199 is definitely the next step in skincare,” says Somerville, who works with Lea Michele. “In the ‘90s we had glycolic acid. In 2000 it was all peptides. Stem cells are really where skincare is headed.” Her CytoCell Dermal Energizing Treament ($150; http://rstyle.me/ft7dmqcypw) contains the cutting-edge ingredient along with moisturizing properties like shea butter and soothing lavender.

Courtesy Kate Somerville


4. Bring Humidity Indoors

“Air is naturally drier in the winter and we spend so much more time indoors getting dried out by heating systems, so humidifiers are a must,” says New York City dermatologist, Cybele Fishman. We like the Air-O-Swiss Travel Ultrasonic humidifier ($50;http://rstyle.me/f3fnqscypw).

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5. Get Steamy
“Avoid the sauna, which is dry heat. But embrace a steam bath or long hot shower,” advises Fishman. “When you get out, immediately lather a thick moisturizer on damp skin. Since the steam has opened up your pores, your skin is extra absorbent.” We like to slather on Aveeno Calming Lotion for extra dry skin ($7,http://rstyle.me/piuxgcypw).

Courtesy Aveeno


6. Soften Your Soles
If you’re brave enough to rock a strappy stiletto in single digit temps, your feet better be on their A game. Fishman suggests rubbing in a decadent foot cream and sleeping in socks, “so the moisturizer will penetrate the thickest layers of the skin.” We love Just Shea Foot Cream ($55; justshea.com), made with orange peel and sesame oil; net profits from the sale are reinvested to charitable causes, like the One Village Planet-Women’s Development Initiative.

7. Hands On

Cuticles are usually something to be trimmed, not coddled. But according to Sebagh, cuticles protect fingertips and nails from getting dried out and brittle. Try his High Maintenance Hand Crème ($70; barneys.com) under your coziest mittens.

Courtesy Dr. Sebagh

8. Do an At-Home Peel
L’Oreal Paris consulting dermatologist Gervaise Gerstner suggests doing a monthly glycolic peel like AHA Brazilian Peel ($78;http://rstyle.me/e4c9hqcypw) to remove the dead layer of skin so moisturizers can penetrate more effectively. “Moisture is needed even more in the winter when it’s cold since windy conditions strip the skin,” says Gerstner.

9. Lighten Up Your Moisturizer
Stars like Madonna and Liv Tyler have facialist Tracie Martyn on speed dial. Martin says, “The holidays makes skin even worse as alcohol is over-consumed and drinking water gets forgotten. As skin can get congested from fried party-food a light moisturizer or serum with hyaluronic acid is preferable to heavy creams based on mineral oil.” We love her Firming Serum ($185;http://rstyle.me/btvsbcypw), which delivers quick results and smells fresh.

10. Cut Down on Cleansing
“I recommend that my patients use gentle cleaners. I like L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Radiant Smoothing Cream Cleanser ($6;http://rstyle.me/iv3uscypw),” says Gerstner. Harsh soaps can strip skin of essential oils needed for hydration. She adds, “Only wash once a day: preferably at night, since skin is clean in the morning (you have just slept on a pillow).”

Courtesy L'Oreal

11. Don’t Shelf the Sunscreen
“Even on cloudy, snowy days wear sunscreen. I tell my patients that just walking from my office to Starbucks they get UVA/UVB damage which leads to wrinkles, collagen breakdown and brown spots,” insists Gerstner. “Invest in a good pair of sunglasses: The squinting in the sun can lead to crow’s feet,” she adds. Yes to Cucumbers Calming Lotion with SPF 30 ($15;http://rstyle.me/ep2v4scypw) is gentle and affordable.

12. Rinse with Thermal Water
Epidermologist Isabelle Bellis advises misting the face with thermal water like La Roche-Posay Thermal Water ($9, http://rstyle.me/bt8764cypw). “It neutralizes the effects of chlorine, debris and hard minerals that exist in tap water,” she says.

Courtesy La Roche-Posay

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