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Relief from dry, flaky winter skin

When the weather gets cold and windy, it is common to experience extra dryness and flakiness of the skin. Most of us instinctively reach for the moisturizer, only to find that it doesn't seem to help much. Even heavier moisturizers commonly come up short. But the problem may not be your moisturizer. Once dry, flaky skin is present, applying a moisturizer may simply cover up the underlying dryness.
If this scenario sounds familiar to you, here are a few things you should consider:
  • If you are using an alpha-hydroxy, Retin-A or Vitamin-C product, decrease the frequency of its application. And always apply a moisturizer over them. By doing this you will decrease the chances of your skin becoming too dry or irritated.

  • Change to a gentle lotion cleanser as oppose to a gel. Try Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare All-in-One Facial Cleanser with Toner.

  • Use a gentle scrub 2-3 times a week to manually exfoliate flaky skin. We recommend Karin Herzog Mild Scrub or Ole Henriksen New Beginning Scrub.

    To achieve an even better result, follow with a mask to further soften and soothe the skin. Our recommendations: Karin Herzog Mask or Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Intense Hydra Mask.

  • Add a nourishing and hydrating supplement to your daily regimen:

    For combination to oily skin, try iS Clinical Hydra-Cool Serum.
    For normal to combination skin try Ole Henriksen Black Currant Energizing Oil.
    For dry skin, try Karin Herzog Vita-A-Kombi Facial Oil.

    These supplements can be used on as-needed basis, and in addition to your existing moisturizer.

  • Apply sunscreen daily. Sun exposure, whether it occurs during the summer or winter months, dries out the skin and causes sun damage. Our favorite sunscreens are Innovative Skincare SPF 25 Treatment Sunscreen and Innovative Skincare SPF 20 Powder Sunscreen.