June 2021

5 Steps for Repairing Your Dry Winter Skin

By Lindsay Leff

Snowstorms keep us homebound. Arctic temperatures make our eyes tear. The weather outside is frightful, and so is our dry skin—painfully dry, with Rudolph-red cheeks, reptile-like hands, and cracking chapped lips. Ouch! To banish the winter skin blues for good, follow our 5 dry winter skin steps for fixing your complexion and hands. And try our skin care product picks for face and hands. Your painful, itchy, red, dry skin problems will melt away as quickly as the next snowfall. Hello, gorgeous!

Step 1—Winter Skin Repair Starts with Face Wash
Perfect skin begins with fresh skin, so always start from the ground up with a clean face. For cleaning winter skin, try a facial cleanser product like Cygalle Healing Spa Licorice Spice Face Wash. Combining licorice root—an enriching natural defense against dry, irritated skin—with coconut oil and vitamins E and C, this face wash will repair damage caused by harsh winter weather.
Buy Cygalle Healing Spa Licorice Spice Face Wash, $65, at cygallehealingspastore.com

Step 2—Dry Skin Moisturizer: Start with Repair, Then Maintain
Moisturize Your Dry Winter Skin
Your face may be clean, but it’s still flakey, red from those winter winds, and itchy from dryness. To fix the damage, use Curel Sensitive Skin Remedy Lotion. Packed with a replenishing ceramide complex, this moisturizer is a complexion (and wallet!) saver that also strengthens the skin to battle the elements.
Buy Curel Sensitive Skin Remedy Lotion, $6.39, at drugstore.com
Avoid Dry Skin with Daily Moisturizer Maintenance
You’ve got those unpleasant winter skin issues under control, so it’s time to maintain your healthy complexion and seal in moisture with Origins Make a Difference Ultra-Rich Rejuvenating Cream. This moisturizer replenishes skin with unique ingredients like Rose of Jericho (a “resurrection” plant that can survive decades of drought) and padina pavonica (a brown algae rich in vitamin C and anti-dehydration properties). Use this cream twice a day for soft skin, and as a bonus, watch your fine lines disappear.
Buy Origins Make A Difference Ultra-Rich Rejuvenating Cream, $36, at origins.com

Step 3—Get Rid of Winter Redness with a Skin-Calming Cream
The flushed, rosy-cheek look, from makeup, love, or a warm-weather escape, is flirty fun. But winter weather that makes you look like Rudolph’s lost relative is not what you’re going for. Reduce winter redness with SkinMedica Redness Relief CalmPlex, a fast-acting anti-inflammatory and anti-redness cream. With the help of vitamin B3 to increase collagen production, as well as jojoba oil and squalane to boost the skin’s moisture content, you’ll never look like a windburn victim again.
Buy SkinMedica Redness Relief CalmPlex, $80, at skinmedica.com ___________  __ (available January 24 in physician offices)

Step 4—Kiss Dry, Chapped Lips Goodbye: Heal, then Maintain
Repairing Dry, Cracked Lips
Do chapped, irritated lips keep you from kissing? Kiss this winter skin problem goodbye with Fresh Brown Sugar Lip Polish. This is perfect-looking pout in a pot. A brown-sugar conditioning exfoliant loaded with nourishing ingredients such as meadowfoam seed, shea butter, and vitamin E, this lip treatment locks in moisture for softer, smoother lips.
Buy Fresh Brown Sugar Lip Polish, $22.50, at sephora.com
Maintain Soft, Kissable Lips All Winter-Long!
Follow up the exfoliant with Avène’s Cold Cream Lip Cream. This lip balm is rich in lipids and sucralfate, ingredients that nourish skin. Throw this lip-rescuer in your purse and apply often, even under your favorite lipstick.
Buy Avène Cold Cream Lip Cream, $14.50, at aveneusa.com (available in February)

Step 5—Smooth Dry Hands: Exfoliate and Moisturize for Softer Skin
Exfoliate Dead Skin Cells on Your Hands
Harsh winter weather hits us in the face—literally—causing redness, irritation, even pain. But it’s our body’s thinnest and most sensitive skin —on our hands—that suffers first from brutal wind, frost, and low temperatures. No one wants to shake crocodile-skin hands or look at chapped knuckles! Treat your dry, reptile-like claws with ZO Skin Health Oraser Microderm Hand Renewal. The sugar crystals, salicylic acid, and retinol in this at-home microdermabrasion treatment are just the fix for ultra-dry, winter hands. A bonus: it reduces fine lines and dark spots.
Buy ZO Skin Health Oraser Microderm Hand Renewal, $50, at zoskinhealth.com
Restore Moisture to Skin
The skin-saver we love? St. Ives Intensive Healing Hand Cream. Formulated with mango butter, olive-leaf extract, and cranberry seed and grape seed oils, this little tube of heaven is targeted to relieve the driest and itchiest of hands.
Buy St. Ives Intensive Healing Hand Cream, $3.19, at drugstore.com

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The Next Hot Thing in Natural & Organic Skincare Products:
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By Stacey Mayesh

I recently went to a cocktail party and trunk show at the beautiful Tribeca home of a fabulously chic and beautiful Danish makeup artist. Tata Harper, a Colombian-born skincare entrepreneur, was there to show off her amazing organic skincare products and to give mini-facials.

Now, I have to start by saying that I am JADED! Having spent 15 years as a fashion editor at a magazine, with every beauty product known to mankind landing on my desk at some point or another, it is very difficult to get me excited. I am cynical when it comes to beauty-product claims that they will change your skin—most of it is just clever marketing.

I LOVE This Line of Organic Skincare
Well, let me just say that I was blown away by Tata’s beauty products. Frustrated that all she could find in the marketplace was synthetic, “cancer juice” products, or natural ones that didn’t produce results, Tata set out on a 5-year quest to create the most exquisite, 100% natural, results-driven organic product line available.

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I must admit that I’m a sucker for yummy-smelling products and clean, chic, simple eco-friendly packaging. I don’t like “perfumey” smells because I find them too artificial, and I’m very picky about the smells I like. Tata’s organic products smell so divine I just cannot get enough of them! After applying them to my face with my fingers, I find myself smelling my hands all day!

This Skincare Line Is Natural & Eco-friendly
I love that Tata also practices what she preaches. She uses glass when possible, instead of plastic. She uses treeless labels. She buys her farm’s electricity from sustainable sources. Too many beauty companies market their products as “natural,” but they are filled with parabens and chemical-laden ingredients I can’t pronounce. To add insult to injury, most packaging is made cheaply in China, using too much fuel to ship from the other side of the earth, and then ultimately ending up in a landfill because it’s not recyclable!

Organic Facial Products with Great Results
I’ve been using Tata Harper organic skincare products for a few weeks now, and I truly love them. My skin looks radiant, and I feel good about the business I am helping to support. I try to live my life in a socially conscious way, and I have to factor what I put on my face every day into the overall equation.

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Stacey Mayesh, Fashion Contributing Editor
I am a NYC-based fashion stylist who has worked with top tier magazines (Marie Claire, InStyle, Elle, Lucky), and celebs (Selma Blair, Jessica Alba, Susan Sarandon, Sean Combs) for 15 years. I was recently featured in Vogue and on NBC Weekend Today. I now work with private clients bringing a fresh . . . Read more of her fashion secrets

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