Dull, Dry Skin Solutions

The dull, dry winter skin struggle is real.

Whether you’re normally dull, dry and clear or oily and acne-prone (or anything in between), there’s nothing like a cold front to push all skin well outside its comfort zone.

And unlike hair, which, depending on your genes (and habits, because let’s be real: color and heat styling damage is real too!), all skin is seemingly negatively affected by winter weather.

For oily skin, winter weather adds pore-clogging dry skin to the mix. Plus, it makes your skin look dull to boot. At least in summer that oily complexion puts “glowy” on your side.

For all-year-long dull, dry skin, well, damn you’re f’ed. #KiddingNotKidding (But really, your skin is in dire need of TLC).

Regardless, we’re here to help.

The key is 3-fold.

The 3-Step Solution To Save Dull, Dry Skin

1.  Preemptively Strike. Moisturizing already painfully parched skin is like watering a dead plant: too late. The secret to surviving winter is to keep the moisture in, not to try and add it after the fact. Because here’s the deal: the best moisturizer strategy is to use it to help to maintain your skin’s hydration levels. Know you’re heading someplace cold? Start upping the ante on your moisturizer now.

2.  Exfoliate First. Applying moisturizer to un-exfoliated skin is about as effective as trying to drink a bottle of water without taking the lid off. You need to take the lid off. Of. Your. Skin. (AKA: you need to exfoliate away the dead, dull skin cells so the moisturizer you apply can actually get down to your dermis.)

3.  Take A Multi-Moisturizer Approach. Use a hydrating serum packed with hyaluronic acid (like SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel) to sink hydrating deep down in your skin. Then, apply a hydrating oil (like Kypris Beauty Elixir II). Follow with a rich moisturizing cream or balm (like May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon). It’s this combo (of serum, oil, cream/balm) that hydrates at each layer of your skin.

Dry skin: see ya later, alligator.

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