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We hate to play favorites with the seasons, but winter isn't at the top of our preferred list — as far as our skin goes, at least. Sure, the cooler months are great for our constantly-cozy aesthetic, but they usually mark the time when our skin tends to be out of whack. Too much artificial heat (or lack thereof), not enough sunlight, and dryness caused by frigid air — and now face masks — is no recipe for the dewy, glowy, hydrated skin we typically aim for. Fortunately, a solid skin-care routine can help make up for that. Small swaps, like trading an exfoliating cleanser for a cream one, can work to combat dull winter skin and breathe new life into your face. To help your skin live its best life this season, the Refinery29 beauty team broke down their go-to skin-care products for winter. Find our favorites, ahead. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Augustinus Bader The Cream Cleansing Gel"You really can't go wrong with anything from German stem-cell scientist-turned-skin-care innovator Augustinus Bader, and this gentle gel cleanser is no exception. The light, barely-there lather is perfect for rinsing away light makeup before bed, as well as starting off the day with clean — but not stripped — skin. With a soothing base of sweet almond oil and rose water, in addition to the brand's signature TFC8 blend, it's an ideal pick for just about any skin type that could use a little TLC." — Rachel Krause, deputy beauty directorAugustinus Bader Augustinus Bader The Cream Cleansing Gel, $, available at NordstromHoliFrog Galilee Antioxidant Dewy Drop"This silky serum-lotion hybrid has been an essential for me throughout the cold, dry season — I honestly can't imagine my skin-care routine without it. I smooth a few drops on damp skin after cleansing and patting in my forever go-to COSRx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence, and my face is left perfectly comfortable with a soft semi-matte finish. I layer it under SPF during the day and a richer moisturizer or oil at night." — KrauseHolifrog HoliFrog Galilee Antioxidant Dewy Drop, $, available at DermStoreMyth Magic Earth Oil 1000MG CBD"My default setting is skepticism, so please trust me when I say that this CBD oil is not another example of marketing B.S.: Here, the much-discussed star ingredient is full-spectrum, U.S.-grown, and lab-tested for purity and potency. Paired with fast-absorbing, fatty acid-rich MCT oil, it's a two-ingredient powerhouse of a formula that plays well with other skin-care products and leaves my reactive complexion visibly clearer and more balanced." — KrauseMyth Magick Myth Magic EARTH OIL 1000MG CBD, $, available at Myth MagickINNBEAUTY Project Pimple Paste "I use this to get rid of pimples that pop up out of nowhere and watch them shrink overnight — no exaggeration. I love the ingredients too; it has azelaic acid, oregano, thyme, and tea tree oil for that tingling feeling, along with willow bark extract and healing clays to prevent more pimples and reduce inflammation." — Sydney Clarke, 2030 FellowINNBEAUTY PROJECT INNBEAUTY Project Pimple Paste, $, available at Innbeauty ProjectYouth To The People Kombucha + 11% AHA Exfoliation Power Toner"I will never get used to the tacky feeling of most toners, but every time I want to give up on them completely, I go back to this one and am reminded why I need it in my routine. Using this kombucha and AHA-infused toner after my cleanser and before my serums at night gives me soft and smooth skin in the morning. The winter usually strips my skin of moisture, but I think adding this toner at night activates my products to work at peak performance and seal in moisture." — ClarkeYouth To The People Kombucha + 11% AHA Exfoliation Power Toner, $, available at SephoraVictoria Beckham Beauty Cell Rejuvenating Power Serum"This is my second bottle of this very expensive, apple cider vinegar-smelling face serum, and I love it even more this time around. Right now, I’m using it sparingly morning and night by patting exactly three drops into clean, dry skin. I’ve noticed that it speeds up the time it takes for post-acne scars to fade and leaves my skin clearer and glowier the longer I use it, which is why I don’t plan to stop." — Megan Decker, beauty editor Victoria Beckham Beauty Victoria Beckham Beauty Cell Rejuvenating Power Serum, $, available at Victoria Beckham BeautyTan Luxe The Face Illuminating Self-Tan Drops“I always like having an at-home self-tanner in my winter skin rotation because it gives my naturally fair complexion a little glow, which I find actually helps ward off seasonal woes. I've been mixing a single drop of these Tan Luxe drops in with my nightly face oil, and the result is a super subtle, believable tan that makes me feel more confident in my Zoom reflection.” — DeckerTan-Luxe Tan Luxe The Face Illuminating Self-Tan Drops, $, available at SephoraDrunk Elephant Virgin Marula Oil“For face oil, Drunk Elephant is a longtime favorite that I’ve circled back to this winter. I like that it’s luxe and leaves my dry skin nice and dewy before I hop in bed. Plus, it plays well when mixed with my self-tan drops or a pump of the Drunk Elephant glycolic acid, which I keep in my nighttime rotation for when my skin’s looking a little congested.” — DeckerDrunk Elephant Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Oil, $, available at Drunk ElephantOlay Regenerist Collagen Peptide 24 Facial Cleanser "I'm a sucker for a gentle, creamy cleanser that actually makes my skin feel clean, and this one fits the bill. Before bed, I massage a healthy squeeze of this on my face and neck for about 60 seconds. My skin immediately feels more supple and refreshed but doesn't turn to sandpaper the minute I get out of the shower. It's also fragrance-free, a huge bonus if fancy scents irritate your face." — Aimee Simeon, senior beauty writerOlay Olay Regenerist Collagen Peptide 24 Facial Cleanser, $, available at TargetAlpha H Clear Skin Tonic"Maskne seems to love it here at home on my skin, but I don't. I've been using this toner every other day in between treatment products, and it's the closest thing my pimples have gotten to an eviction notice, which is enough to keep it around until my breakouts are gone for good." — SimeonAlpha-H Alpha H Clear Skin Tonic, $, available at Alpha-HBiossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil"This oil has been critical in turning my typically dry winter skin supple (for the most part). After applying my acne-fighting exfoliating treatments at night, I slather on a few drops of this all over my skin. It sinks in comfortably without feeling greasy or oily, and I wake up ten times more hydrated and glowy than when I don't put it on." — SimeonBiossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil, $, available at SephoraLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
Self-care, for us, means paying attention to our complexion with the best skincare products. We've only got one face and we want it to look as radiant as possible. Plus, shopping for skin care is a blast! We love trying new products, and switching it up is important so your skin doesn't get too used to certain formulas. If you're a beauty-lover, you know the selection at Sephora is just too good to pass up, and the "What's New" section is our absolute favorite. Right now, we're focused on taking care of our skin, and we're starting by stocking up on products that do it all (think: nourishing sleeping masks, potent serums, and luxurious moisturizers). These epic multitaskers are available at Sephora, so rack up those beauty insider points with the skincare launches we'll be talking about all year long. Plus, they happen to make great gifts. Related: I've Only Used This Vitamin C Cream For 1 Week, but I'm Already Adding "Moisturized and Glowing" to My Résumé
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Like many others, I've pared down my beauty routine significantly in the past 10 months or so. It's not that all my makeup is collecting dust - it's just with essentially no plans, putting on a pretty eyeshadow or lipstick is saved for virtual meetings or a rare socially distanced outing when the weather's warm. And, while I've gone all in on my self-care regimen, foundation is one item I rarely reach for anymore. It doesn't help that my dry skin gets even worse in winter, so I usually stick to tinted moisturizer to give my face extra hydration and just a hint of color when I'm adding any base makeup at all. Still, when I first learned about Sephora Collection's new Best Skin Ever foundation , I was intrigued by the ingredient list. Hyaluronic acid and algae extract are infused in the formula? That sounded more like skin care than makeup, and I was excited to give this product a whirl. Luckily, the product exceeded my high expectations, and there's a reason why I've been reaching past my tinted moisturizer for this ever since I got my hands on it. Learn more - and see what it looks like on my skin - ahead.
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Whether you follow a strict 10-step routine or prefer the upmost minimalism, finding your failsafe skin care can be a complex process of trial and error. With so many products on the market, not only do you need to find those that work best for your skin type, but you also need to ensure the ingredients play well together, too. Similarly to retinol, the benefits of niacinamide seem to hold no bounds, but the big question is: can these two powerhouse ingredients be used together? A Refresher on Retinol In case you needed a reminder, Daniel Isaacs, director of research at Medik8, told us that retinol is the classic form of vitamin A and the unequivocal gold standard for tackling multiple skin concerns. "Retinol stimulates cellular turnover in the skin, pushing fresh skin cells to the surface and [enhancing] collagen production." The powerful combination means that when used in topical skin care, retinol can reduce acne, smooth uneven skin texture, and brighten stubborn scarring. "Retinol is second to none for improving signs of photo-aging as it helps block the formation of pigment in the skin for brighter, more even-toned skin." Despite all the virtues of retinol, it is also well known for being irritating if you're new to the ingredient, have overused it, or are using a formula with a high concentration, according to dermatologist Dr. Cristina Psomadakis. "Common side effects of retinol include redness, flaking and increased skin sensitivity," she told POPSUGAR. So Can You Use Retinol and Niacinamide Together? Thankfully, using niacinamide in your skin-care routine can help combat the negative side effects of retinol. Also known as vitamin B3, consultant dermatologist Dr. Justine Hextall explained that niacinamide is another multipurpose powerhouse ingredient. "Niacinamide is a great anti-inflammatory and can help to improve uneven skin tone, diminish dullness, and soften fine lines and wrinkles. It's also crucial for healthy functioning of the skin barrier as it boosts ceramide production and reduces trans-epidermal water loss, which are key elements of reinforcing our skin barrier, keeping our skin hydrated, and improving redness and sensitivity from retinol usage." Not only can niacinamide be used alongside retinol treatment to make it more tolerable, but Dr. Psomadakis also explained that niacinamide can also act as a preretinol skin trainer. "Research shows that pretreating your skin with niacinamide for a few weeks before starting retinol reduces the likelihood of side effects because your skin barrier will be in better shape." Not only can niacinamide be used alongside retinol treatment to make it more tolerable, but niacinamide can also act as a pre-retinol skin trainer. Although the dynamic duo of niacinamide and retinol pair very well together, Dr. Hextall advised people to still be cautious. "I always recommend a low and slow approach with retinol, and this shouldn't change just because you are using a compensating ingredient. It's always best to respect the skin barrier and build up your actives." Dr. Psomadakis agreed, pointing out that there are very few skin-care absolutes that apply to everyone. "Overall, niacinamide is very well tolerated and is known to be calming but there will always be exceptions." She also added that although niacinamide can help you tolerate retinol, it doesn't work the other way around. "If niacinamide on its own doesn't suit you, combining it with retinol won't change things." How to Incorporate Both Retinol and Niacinamide in Your Regimen When it comes to pairing the two together, you can either use two separate products or one product that contains both retinol or niacinamide. Those with more sensitive skins or are new to retinoids may prefer a handy duo according to Dr Hextall. "It is often thought that retinol is only for robust skins, however, using a clever formulation that combines cushioning niacinamide, can help to mitigate sensitivity." With niacinamide available in variety of products from face washes, to serums, hydrating toners and moisturizers, how you pair the two together is a matter of preference, but Isaacs said the typical skin-care layering rules still apply. "The golden rule is to begin with the lightest formulation and build up layers with heavier textures so the heavier products can penetrate through the lighter ones to be properly absorbed. Start with water based products, follow with oil, emulsions, and finish with heavier creams." As always, but especially when using retinols, make sure to use a broad spectrum SPF in the daytime, too. Ahead, find our favorite retinol and niacinamide products to take your skincare routine up a notch.
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