What: Show Mother Nature that no matter how nasty she can be to your skin this winter, you’re ready to put up a good fight.
What the experts say: Most people don’t know how to take proper care of their skin in the winter. Says the January 2008 issue of Marie Claire: “You can always tell when someone hasn’t switched from her summer-skin regimen,” says Dr. Macrene Alexiades Armenakas, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Yale. “I see a lot of people getting red, and they’re completely at a loss for what happened.”
What we say: As soon as that fall fashion issue of In Style hits the stands in August, we’re already stocking up on boots, coats and cute little caps. (With all this talk of global warming, they’re could be a snow storm in the summer, right?!) However when it comes to our skin care regime, it’s too easy to keep using the same ol’ bottle of whatever is sitting on your bathroom counter until you run out. Well, stop it! Those popular foaming face washes, and alcohol-based toners and astringents strip oil from your skin — but in the winter, there’s little oil to strip. Make sure to go easy on these products, as well as anything with retinoids and vitamin C derivatives that can actually trigger irritation. Your best bet? Use that stuff every few days and stick with moisture-based cleansers instead. Just as you’d layer clothes for a cold day, apply that same logic to your skin — start with an antioxidant serum, then face cream and finally, sunblock. (Roc makes a daily moisturizer that has and SPF 15 already in it for $15.99) It may be cold out there, but that sun will still find you.