The winter season offers a lot of wonderful things - parties, decorations and snowflakes. But with those wonderful things come awful things - hangovers, lethargy and harsh weather. All three of those factors can do some serious damage to delicate skin.
From December through February of each year, it is important to make sure you have a complete stock of all the necessary reparative items to keep your skin looking supple and glowing. Here is a list of the top problems and the products that alleviate them.
After a long night of partying, and little sleep, you might wake up with dark circles under your eyes. Lack of sleep causes blood vessels to dilate, leaving darkness under eyes, L.A. dermatologist Jessica Wu told Us Weekly magazine. The Yves Saint Laurent Touché Éclat Radiant Touch ($40) wand will correct dark under-eye circles in one swipe. The luminizing pen brings light to the face and creates an instant lift to the eye area. Brighten the eye area even more with a shimmering eyeshadow. Chanel's Illusion D'Ombre ($36) is soft and glimmering. Try the Emerveille hue for during the day.
Puffy eyes are caused by fluid retention. Sooth these with a cold compress (you could even use a pack of frozen vegetables!). Dr. Patricia Wexler's Dermatology FastscriptionTM Instant De-Puff Eye Gel ($19.50) is a long-lasting solution. The gel cools and corrects to reduce puffiness. It even won Allure's Best of Beauty Awards in 2008.
Dull skin is a consequence of both alcohol, which dehydrates, and harsh winter weather. Laura Mercier's Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 ($42) is the perfect lightweight formula to give you soft, shimmering skin. The hint of tint will bring some much-needed color to winter skin. Top this with your regular foundation and Benefit's Watt's Up! Cream-Powder Highlighter. This product will give you a beautiful champagne glow (even after a night of bubbly).
Alcohol enlarges blood vessels and spurs circulations which can make your complexion look blotchy, Dr. Wu told Us Weekly. Solve this problem with Smashbox's Color Correcting Primer in Adjust ($38). Adjust is green-tinted, which reduce redness. Get softer, even skin and a velvety-finish for foundation application.
Red, bleary eyes are often the aftereffect of a night of revelry. Refresh Lubricant Eye Drops ($10.46) will sooth dry, bloodshot eyes. A white eyeliner draw along the inner rim of your eyelid will make eyes appear even brighter. MAC's Eye Kohl in Fascinating ($15) is an intense matte white for perfect definition.
Dry skin is a result of winter's whipping winds and sub-zero temperatures. Those with parched, cracked skin often reach for cream moisturizers, which can provide excellent relief. This winter try body oil, instead. Thick, highly-concentrated oils will seep deep into the skin and build up protection. L'Occitane's Almond Supple Skin Oil ($34) is enriched with three essential oils - peppermint, palmarosa and immortelle. Skin is smoothed, firmed and repaired. The mixture restores the hydrolipidic barrier and nourishes the epidermis.
Nights spent partying until 4 a.m. might leave you feeling sleepy and lethargic. For help resting, the White Noise Pro App ($2.99) is the perfect tool. Optimized for the iPad, this app allows you to create the perfect ambient sound environment for relaxation and/or sleep. It features of 40 ambient sounds, sound mixer, shutdown timers, alarms and a custom playlist capability. To get your body back into tip-top shape, Pressed Juicery offers a line of different juice cleanses. Cleanse 1 ($70/day) is made for the majority of people, unfamiliar with cleanses but ready to get their health on track. Customize this plan with your favorite juices.
Vitamin D Deficiency
Cold winter months do not invite sunlight. Days spent locked indoors can result in a vitamin D deficiency. Fix this with Dr. Dennis Gross' Active Vitamin D Serum-Oil ($65). The topical solution provides sufficient levels of vitamin D along with antiaging properties. Improve skin elasticity, bounce, hydration, pore reduction and radiance.