Snafu: I’ve been faithful to my regular skin care routine, but now my face is flaky and dry.
Solution: Harsh weather calls for moisturizing measures. Epley recommends switching to a gentle, non-foaming cleanser and washing with warm—not hot—water. To lock in moisture, layer a hyaluronic acid-based serum like Bioelements Moisture x10 under a thick moisturizer like Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. Up your water intake for good measure.
Snafu: I’m sprouting pimples like a pre-teen. What’s going on?
Solution: Less humidity can foster breakouts. To stop them before they start, exfoliate regularly with a gentle, non-abrasive product like Biologique Recherche Lotion P50, one of Acharkan’s favorites. (Grainy exfoliators can be too harsh for delicate winter skin). Epley also recommends getting professional peels, microdermabrasion, and hyperpigmentation treatments this time of year, as limited sun exposure and cooler temperatures make prime conditions for healing.
Snafu: I want to work the mistletoe, but super-chapped lips are cramping my style.
Solution: For a quick fix, use Acharkan’s trick: lightly slough off dead skin with a soft toothbrush, and follow with an emollient like La Mer’s The Lip Balm. Your pucker will be perfect in no time.
Snafu: After five minutes in the cold, my eyes won’t stop watering and I’m rocking a not-so-sexy raccoon look.
Solution: Combat winter tearing with over-the-counter lubricating eye drops, and switch to waterproof mascara and eyeliner. To keep shadow and concealer in place, use a primer like stila's prime pot, which is specially formulated for the delicate eye area.
Snafu: A day on the slopes has left me with burned cheeks and a nose that’s redder than Rudolph’s.
Solution: To arm yourself against the elements, Acharkan loves mineral-based UV-protectants like Mustela Sun Cream for Sensitive Areas SPF 50. If the damage has already been done, apply a therapeutic salve like organic Bach Rescue Remedy Cream.
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