While the Southern summer’s oppressive humidity can come with troubles of its own, there’s no doubt your skin looks better in July than it does in January. Harsh wind, dry air, and temperature fluctuations as you move from climate-controlled buildings to the wild outdoors are a three-ingredient recipe for winter skin woes.
But there are easy, cost-effective ways to deceive your skin into thinking it’s on spring break in New Orleans even during the most dreary of weather forecasts. Here are our five favorite ways to make skin look peachy and juicy when all it wants to be is rough and patchy like a piece of dried pineapple that was left behind in your fridge.
1. Exfoliate, Exfoliate, and Exfoliate Some More
This nylon cloth is the equivalent of 120-grit sandpaper for skin, not too abrasive, but gets the job done. Salux towel, which will over the course of a few days reveal skin that you never knew existed. However, the most affordable way to keep up a daily exfoliation routine is to use a gentle, no-nonsense cleanser with Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial. You can only moisturize and re-plump your skin if the dry and flaky remains on top are vanquished. There are more drastic at-home measures you can take such as
2. Tone It Up
Toners are to skincare what flossing is to dental health. While they can be skipped, when they’re applied daily, they make a difference. In the winter, you need a toner that packs maximum hydration and helps balance skin that is handling a variety pack of winter issues. Drugstore deal Thayer’s Rose Petal Toner with witch hazel and aloe vera will not only help heal any dryness-related breakouts, it also helps calm skin and protects your natural moisture barrier.
3. Add HA Once a Day
While you may have heard about the magical powers of hyaluronic acid before, chances are you saw that most of the wonder-working products that contain it are, in the words of a Wheel of Fortune Contestant, big money. That’s why we’re obsessed new-school beauty brand The Ordinary, which makes effective serums at impulse-item prices. Their HA formulation with Vitamin B5 rings up at only $7, and will help moisturize your skin on a new level.
4. Finish with Face Oil
If you live in the hollers of Appalachia or have skin that thinks you do, a face oil can provide lasting hydration that most creams can’t. While some of our favorites are a little pricey, there are less expensive ones that still defend your skin from even the iciest of winds. Try Elizabeth Arden’s cult classic 8-Hour Cream All-Over Miracle in oil form.
5. Don’t Forget the Neck Down
While you may have the rest of your skin covered in leggings, puffer jackets, and gloves, winter knows no boundaries when it comes to wrecking your skin. Check out this list of our favorite body lotions for winter.