Cold, dry air doesn’t have to leave skin a hot mess

A few simple tweaks to your routine can keep you glowing and youthful through to the first signs of spring. 

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Tip: You pile on clothes in winter, so do the same with skincare products. Applying a face serum under your lotion, cream and/or sunscreen both morning and night can diminish lines and pores plus firm and brighten, says dermatologist Dr Joshua Zeichner. Give each product at least a minute to be absorbed into the skin. 

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1. Change to oil
Oil on your face doesn't seem so slick?! Au contraire! Our experts found that face oils can plump, firm, enhance radiance and reduce the look of lines. Aren't a fan of the grease? Mix a drop of face oil into a dab of your go-to cream for a boost.
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The last thing raw, dehydrated skin needs is a harsh face peel or scrub, which can worsen irritation. If you notice flaking or redness, switch to gentler formulas with lactic acid, fruit acids or round jojoba beads, applying no more than once a week. Avoid stronger acids like glycolic acid and rougher exfoliants like sugar and salt.
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When you moisturise your face before bed, don't forget your lips. Apply a rich balm with a combo of natural oils and waxes nightly to fend off flakes and chapping.
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Dab an occlusive (read: moisture-locking) ointment over drier areas like eyes and cheeks to seal in products at night.
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Apply moisturising body cream to your feet before you slip on socks to soften them all day.
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Astringents, often made with alcohol to absorb oil, are best for balmier months when you're more sweat-prone because they can exacerbate dryness, says Zeichner. Can't pass up that refreshing toner? Try spritzing on an alcohol-free face mist with hydrating ingredients such as natural oils or botanical extracts, or make your own by shaking 2 cups water with 10 drops soothing chamomile essential oil in a small spray bottle, says spa director Samantha Cooper.
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Foaming and gel face washes can leave skin squeaky-clean, but also parched due to their stronger cleansing ingredients. Trade them for cleansing balms. The rich, waterless formulas based on butters (like shea) and plant oils soften skin as they wash and double as makeup remover.
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