SOS: 7 Ways to Save Your Skin Just in Time for Spring

Posted Monday March 10, 2014 3:06 PM GMT

Winter’s chill still looms throughout much of the country, and our skin is feeling (and showing) the effects of a prolonged frost-filled season.

However, we pulled together seven simple changes everyone can incorporate into their daily beauty routines to foster a happier, healthier complexion.

1. Drink Water. The best and cheapest way to hydrate your skin is from the inside out. So, fill up your glass and drink up!

2. Use a Humidifier. As the temperature drops and heat comes on, it can suck the moisture right out of the air — leaving you and your skin with that thirsty feeling. A humidifier is an inexpensive way to add humidity back into the air.

3. Use a Creamy Cleanser. When it comes to washing your face, many cleansers contain harsh ingredients that will not only strip your skin of dirt, but also moisture. In the winter, switch to a cream based cleanser to remove makeup.

Product featured: Eve Lom Cleanser, $50

4. Gently Exfoliate. The only way to remove dull skin is to slough it off, but you want to make sure you aren’t being too abrasive on the delicate skin underneath. Look for a gentle scrub and go easy on toners, peels, and other astringents made with alcohol. And remember, don't scrub too much or too hard.

Product featured: GOLDFADEN MD Doctor’s Scrub, $75

5. Hydrate with Hyaluronic Acid. Not all serums are created equal. In the winter, swap out the exfoliating serums for ones that contain Hyaluronic acid and B5. Both provide exceptional nourishment and hydration to the skin.

Product featured: glo therapeutics Advance B5 Hydration, $72

6. Find a Mighty Moisturizer. While this may seem like a no-brainer, a moisturizer can help save face in the winter. But, you want to swap out the lighter formulas you use in the summer, for a richer, creamier one, especially at night.

Product featured: Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Cream, $69 & Simple Nourishing Cream, $11.09

7. Protect with SPF. Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean you can skip sunscreen. If your moisturizer doesn’t already contain sunscreen, look for a lighter formula to layer on.

Product featured: Skinceuticals Physical UV Defense SPF 30, $34

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