Since drying soap lather is even worse for your lipid barrier than hot water, avoid soap-based facial cleansers. “In the winter, when there isn’t as much moisture in the air, absolutely everyone needs a nonfoaming cleanser,” says Miami dermatologist Leslie Baumann.
For dry skin, she recommends Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser, Murad Resurgence Renewing Cleansing Cream, Shu Uemura Skin Purifier Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium A/O Advanced Formula, and Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Purifying Cleansing Oil.
For oily and acne-prone skin, she likes Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser.
No foundation, no matter how great the formula, looks good on dry skin—in fact, it will just highlight trouble. To keep the skin smooth, exfoliate regularly with a scrub containing gentle beads, and switch to (or add) a rich night cream. Try St. Ives Fresh Skin Moisturizing Olive Scrub and Clarins HydraQuench Rich Cream.
Then choose a moisturizing foundation with a dewy or satin (rather than matte) finish—avoid anything powdery. We likeChanel Lift Lumière Firming and Smoothing Fluid Makeup SPF 15 andMaybelline New York Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation.
Another great option is tinted moisturizer, because it’s so sheer and never looks caked-on. Elizabeth Arden Sheer Lights Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer has illuminating particles that give skin an extra boost.
“The sun’s rays still exist in winter—your skin will still absorb them and be slowly damaged over time,” says New York City dermatologist Ariel Ostad. “Even if you’re only outside for a total of 30 minutes, five times per week—such as walking to work or taking a lunch break—over a year, that adds up to 7,800 minutes in the sun.” To make sun protection easy, choose a daytime moisturizer with broad-spectrum protection (UVA and UVB) and at least SPF 30; we like Prevage Day Ultra Protection Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 30 PA++.
The Jersey Shore girls sure love to pile on the bronzer. For those of us who prefer a more natural glow, try a body lotion with a low dose of the self-tanning ingredient DHA, such as Dove Energy Glow Daily Moisturizer. If you really want to apply full-on self-tanner, check out our video on how to choose the right one for your skin tone.
For your face, beware of using your summer bronzer, or the result will look as ridiculous as a bikini in a blizzard. Instead, pick one that’s no more than one shade darker than your skin tone. Blend it over the apples of the cheeks using a big round brush, then top it off with pink or rose blush.