12 Expert Tips for Winter Skincare


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A dozen derm-approved tricks for smooth, soft, sexy skin all season. Get advice from these skincare experts: Dr. David Bank, dermatologist in Mount Kisco, New York Dr. Doris Day, dermatologist in New York City and Dr. Howard Murad, dermatologist in Los Angeles and founder of Murad, Inc.

Expert Tips

1. Skip the bubbles. Foamy lather feels luxurious but tends to strip away natural oils. Opt for a mild, fragrance-free cream cleanser with less than 1 percent sodium lauryl sulfate.

2. Exfoliate gently. Use a facial wash with no more than 5 percent salicylic or 10 percent glycolic acid two to three times weekly. For sensitive skin, dilute with an equal amount of water.

3. Soothe your scalp. Banish dryness and prevent irritation with a five-ingredients-or-less hydrating shampoo and conditioner. Fewer ingredients means less chance of inflammation. If dandruff is an issue, switch to a shampoo containing either zinc pyrithione or selium sulfide. 

4. Take a power shower. Cleanse with a hydrating body wash and loofah. Rinse with lukewarm—not hot—water for five minutes, max. Afterward, pat until almost dry and immediately apply lotion.

5. Pick good hydrators. Look for hyaluronic acid, as well as ceramides. Both seal in moisture.

6. Winterize your regimen. Start with a facial serum, which penetrates more deeply than regular moisturizers. Finish with a lotion or cream to combat extreme dryness.

7. Seek out redness reducers. Licorice extract, niacinamide and caffeine are great topical options for taming ruddy complexions. Shea butter alleviates blotchiness on arms and legs.

8. Use retinoids year-round. In the winter, a pea-size amount is enough for the entire face. (If you experience irritation, mix it with your everyday moisturizer.) Follow with a rich night cream.

9. Try a weekly mask. A penetrating formula gives hair and skin an extra boost of moisture. Pumpkin, green tea and antioxidants are all exceptionally hydrating.

10. Pucker up. Swipe a clean, dry toothbrush gently across lips to wipe away flakes, then apply a balm with vitamin E.

11. Tweak your diet. Cut back on caffeine and alcohol and nourish from the inside out by increasing your intake of water and antioxidant-rich raw fruits and veggies.

12. Treat your feet. Soften soles with an intense treatment—check the ingredients for either lactic acid or urea—that removes built-up dead cells, allowing moisturizers to sink in.

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  • 9
    very good tips! - 12/13/2013   10:40:45 AM
    Don't have skin problems. Great info. - 12/13/2013   5:11:42 AM
  • AMBER461
    Thanks for your information, but I don't have winter, - 12/10/2013   10:20:51 PM
  • 6
    I've recently "discovered" (rediscovered?) lamb tallow for skin care - and I noticed, after a recent bout of poison ivy that went systemic, I could not tolerate the usual hand lotions, skin products, and such on my skin. I could only tolerate natural substances like EVOO, pure coconut oil, magnesium oil, MSN Lotion, lamb tallow, and my "Everything Balm" (a mixture of pure oils like almond, coconuts, lavender, shea butter, beeswax, Evening Primrose oil, all sorts of goodies I don't remember what all - it's handmade in small batches from a woman-owned chemistry trained business in Edmond, OK ... Goodies United - www dot everythingbalm dot com)... anyway I could only handle natural things on my skin. Then a few days into my poison ivy, I was able to get some lamb tallow, and it is biodentical, just was so incredibly soothing and just "dropped into" my skin as I applied it, as if my skin was thirsting for the tallow. Really amazing feeling. I did have a steroid shot and antibiotics to deal with the other aspects of the poison ivy, but the lamb tallow really went a long way in helping the skin heal back up. - 12/10/2013   4:44:30 PM
    very informative - 12/10/2013   2:42:26 PM
  • 4
    I use Dr. Bronner's organic castile soap for shampoo, followed by a rinse of 1 T lemon juice or vinegar in a cup of water, which lowers the ph and leaves my hair shiny. - 12/10/2013   1:04:19 PM
  • 3
    I've been cleansing my face with Pond's Cold Cream or Albolene Cream (but year round) for decades!

    Few to no skin problems. Get complimented on my complexion.

    Soap (or soapy, sudsy, exfoliation-type) facial cleansers ? Bah, humbug! - 12/10/2013   12:46:58 PM
  • 2
    Hard to find shampoos with less than five ingredients and those that do exist are very expensive. - 12/10/2013   8:09:39 AM
    thank you - 12/10/2013   8:07:07 AM

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