Winter left us high and dry—literally. So while we wait for warmer weather and the snow to finally melt, we’re in recuperation mode: think at-home mini facials with our favorite masks, glow-boosting serums, and taking the time to exfoliate every nook and cranny so flaky, dry skin is a thing of yester-year.
Here’s how we’re going to fix winter skin:
1. BYE-BYE, DULLNESS
We’re going to up the ante on our cleansing game. We love a good, creamy cleanser, but to help whip skin back into shape, Enzyme Cleansing Gel is the face wash for the job. Fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) break down that accumulation of dulling dead skin cells and surface impurities, leaving skin looking brighter and smoother to the touch.
And to maintain that fresh-faced complexion, exfoliate up to three times a week. (If you’re dry, aim for one to two times a week. If you’re oily, exfoliate two to three times a week.) Strawberry Face Scrub is our April go-to that’s equally indulgent as it is effective. Real strawberry seeds are included to gently buff as Strawberry Extract gives skin an antioxidant boost—which means skin is never left feeling dry or tight.
2. TONE IT UP
Don’t underestimate the power of toner in a #glowup routine. Glycolic Acid Toner takes top shelf this month.
Dehydration and months of harsh, winter weather can exacerbate the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration, which is why we’re reaching for a powerful anti-aging toner. Glycolic Acid not only works to dissolve pore-clogging impurities (which can build up when we get oilier in response to warmer weather), but also works to soften the look of fine lines and minimize the appearance of discoloration. If glowing, youthful skin is #goals, regular exfoliation and an AHA or BHA-infused toner are the key to success.
#MBSKINTIP: Listen to your skin. If you’re feeling a little dry or sensitive, give your skin a break from exfoliating products and instead, focus on hydrating your skin.
3. HELLO HYDRATION
Here’s a little #MBSKINTIP from an insider: Add a few drops of Herbal Hydrating Serum before or after your favorite moisturizer and you’re guaranteed a hydration boost that leaves your skin fresh and dewy.
If you haven’t tried it yet, you have to. The texture is incredibly unique, for starters: it’s this cooling, water-light gel that immediately sinks in. As you blend it, you’ll notice just how much smoother and rejuvenated your skin feels (thanks to a blend of invigorating botanicals and skin-softening Ceramides) as you blend the serum in.
4. MAKE IT A BALANCING ACT—MULTI-MASK!
Fixing winter skin and prepping it for warmer, spring weather is a delicate balancing act. You need to do something about the dryness and dullness, but you also have to address the pore congestion and increase in oil production.
Your solution? Multi-masking.
There’s a myriad of combinations with all the masks at your fingertips. Start by checking out our guide on which mask is best for your skin and take note on concerns you want to target for each area of your face.
New to multi-masking? Look closely at your skin and you’ll notice that some parts of your face are drier or oilier than others. Then, prescribe accordingly. For example: If your T-zone area (middle of forehead, nose, front of cheeks) are prone to congestion but your cheeks are looking dry and dull, use a clay-based mask on the center of your face (like our Cucumber Tonic Mask) and a hydrating mask (like Enzyme Revitalizing Mask) everywhere else.
Three words, one product: Vitamin C Serum. (Need more convincing? Here are a few reasons why this baby has been a non-negotiable staple in my regimen for the past five years.)