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December 17, 2007

Winter-Proof Your Skin

skin care products

Photo Credit: J. Muckle/Studio D

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You can always tell when someone hasn't switched from her summer-skin regimen, says Dr. Macrene Alexiades Armenakas, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Yale. "I see a lot of people getting red, and they're completely at a loss for what happened," she says. Foaming face washes, alcohol-based toners, and astringents are all designed to strip oil — problem is, in winter, there's little oil to strip. Alexiades Armenakas recommends going easy with these products in the cold season — along with retinoids and vitamin C derivatives, which can trigger irritation. "Save these anti-agers for every other night," says Morgan Walsh, an aesthetician at the Aspen Club & Spa in Aspen, CO. As for daytime moisturizing, think layering: perhaps an antioxidant serum under a face cream, topped off with a sunblock. To stave off flaking, consider light exfoliation once a week. "Moisturizing without exfoliating first can result in breakouts and dull skin," says Olga Lorencin Northrup, proprietor of L.A.'s Kinara Skin Care Clinic. If the cold is still drying you out, book a rebalancing deep-hydration facial with soothing ingredients like honey and green tea.

MC RECOMMENDS: Sonya Dakar Omega3 Repair Complex, La RochePosay Hydraphase UV SPF 30, Neutrogena AntiOxidant Age Reverse Eye Cream.

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