The downside of warmer weather is that we finally have to break out our winter-ravaged, borderline reptilian, sun-hungry skin. The responsible and forward-thinking among us have been slathering on restorative serums and hydrating oils since September. However, for some the cold weather meant that digging out the car took priority over maintaining a diligent winter skincare routine. And even if you did manage to stick to your beauty regimen, given the severity of the Polar Vortex, we doubt there’s anyone out there whose dermis couldn’t use a hydrating boost.
If you haven’t already, go out and buy a humidifier for your bedroom—your skin needs all the added moisture it can get. To that end, start swallowing one tablespoon of either olive oil, coconut oil, or flaxseed oil per day. Rich in vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids, these natural lubricants will keep your skin firm and supple. Make yourself a DIY exfoliant to gently remove those dry, complexion-dulling surface cells that have been irrevocably damaged by the frigidity. Finally, slather on one of our favorite lotions for dry skin. Organic, all natural and dermatologist-recommended, these salves are the tall drink of water your skin needs as we tuck our stockings into storage.