Cold Weather Skin Savers
Winter weather takes a toll on skin, leaving it dry, dull and less-than-radiant. We've got your beauty RX — with the help of Dr. Mitchell Chasin-whether your destination is just chilly or downright subzero.
Headed for a milder clime? "Moderately cold and damp winter climates like San Francisco can actually be good for the skin, as moisture in the air keeps it from drying out," says Chasin, director of Reflections Center for Skin & Body. "But indoors, forced-air heat can suck the moisture out of skin. It's important to use a good moisturizer."
A Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 50 * It's lightweight, gentle, non-comedogenic and boasts a full SPF 50. What's not to love? $14. www.cetaphil.com
B Rodan + Fields Micro-Dermabrasion Paste * Gently buff away dead cells to leave skin glowing and ready to absorb moisturizer. $77. www.rodanandfields.com
C Ole Henriksen Feel the Difference Perfecting Face Mask * Perfect after a long flight or to brighten up skin before a big night out, this antioxidant-rich mask soothes and hydrates. $35. www.olehenriksen.com
"When the temperature drops below freezing (hello, New York), dryness attacks the skin both indoors and out. Use a good moisturizer twice a day, and drink plenty of water. Also, don't forget your lips — a good beeswax or petroleum-based lip balm can prevent lips from drying and cracking."
A By Terry Baume de Rose IP/SPF 15 * Beloved by A-listers and beauty editors, this luscious, rose-scented balm keeps lips kissably soft and is rich enough to smooth ragged cuticles. Pricey, yes, but a little goes a long way. $58. www.byterry.com
B Bliss Triple Oxygen + C Energizing Cream * This luscious gel-cream formula absorbs quickly and leaves skin glowing. $54. www.blissworld.com
C Crabtree & Evelyn La Source 60 Second Fix for Hands * This two-step softening kit leaves hands amazingly soft. The first one exfoliates and the second deeply conditions. $38. www.crabtree-evelyn.com
In extreme winter climates (Minneapolis/ St. Paul, we're looking at you!), pamper skin to the fullest. "Consider switching from lotion to a heavier cream to give your skin extra protection. It's also a good idea to apply moisturizer right after you bathe to help lock in moisture." Another must-have? Eye cream. "The thin skin under the eyes can really suffer when temperatures drop."
A Dermalogica Ultrarich Body Cream * Evening Primrose oil, Pro-Vitamin B-5, Vitamin E and other goodies leave skin lusciously soft and protected. $47. www.dermalogica.com
B Erno Laszlo OCU-pHEL Emollient * This super-rich moisturizer is packed with carrot and sunflower seed oils, sodium hyaluronate, and other goodies that nourish delicate under-eye skin. $75. www.ernolaszlo.com
C AHAVA Extreme Day Cream * Pamper your complexion amid even the cruelest elements with this anti-aging, deeply moisturizing cream. $68. www.ahavaus.com
EXFOLIATE DRY SKIN. "Weekly facial scrubs are a great way to remove dead skin cells while replenishing the skin with moisture."
DON'T NEGLECT SPF. "The sun doesn't stop damaging your skin just because the thermometer reads 28 degrees."
SLATHER ON HAND LOTION. "Hands tend to bear the brunt of winter's wrath because of exposure to the cold, dry air and hand sanitizers."