Chapped lips, dull skin, and scaly hands don’t have to be cruel side effects of winter! Banish dry, irritated skin even in the roughest weather with these expert tips.
Beautiful, hydrated skin will keep you from feeling the winter blahs. L’Oréal Paris Consulting Dermatologist, Dr. Gervaise Gerstner, shares her expert tips to keeping your face, hands, and lips soft and supple.
Here are Dr. Gerstner’s tips for keeping your skin looking its best all winter long:
· To avoid dry skin, layer your moisturizer with a serum. L’Oréal Paris’ Youth Code Serum Intense is fabulous.
· For the morning after a party, L’Oréal Paris Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator smoothes out the complexion and allows you to hit the Saturday holiday shopping without looking too hungover, but also not looking too “made up.”
· Cold weather and wind can chap lips in winter. Resist the urge to lick your chapped lips as that moisture only makes it worse. You can exfoliate dry skin with a soft toothbrush. Avoid chapstick because the wax can be irritating, instead use more soothing products like Aquaphor and L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Le Gloss (which is very hydrating). It also keep lips dry from water too.
· Skin can look dull when it doesn’t have moisture. August tends to be the most humid month, so skin can look more dewy in summer months and more dull in January. Tired skin needs exfoliation. It can be done mechanically (micordermabrasion) or enzymatically (vitamin A, glycolic acid, etc). Dullness is combated with a good topical night time regimen of alternating a retinol product and glycolic treatment. It is also good to supplement with in-office peels. Try to get a good night’s sleep and not overload on dehydrating liquids like alcohol or caffeine.
· During winter months try layering products. Use both a serum and a night cream (i.e. L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Serum & Deep-Acting Moisturizer) and add Aquaphor to any chapped areas.
· Hands get dry from several things, including frequent hand washing to prevent germ spread, cold weather (especially when skipping the gloves), etc. To prevent rough hands, wear gloves, dry hands off completely after washing and use emollients like hand cream or Aquaphor. Also, try to avoid using hot water.
HollywoodLifers, which is YOUR biggest winter skin concern?
– Kristine Hope Kowalski
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