Get that Winter glow with a skin routine that’s right for you

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Winter often means dry skin, chapped lips and dull complexions. Yuck! It’s time to implement a skin routine that’s specifically designed for the cooler months.

1. Eliminate dry, dead skin with an exfoliant! Having a good exfoliating regime (1 to 2 times a week, max) with credible products not only sloughs away dead skin, it can also purify and detoxify pores, calm redness and protect against environmental aggressors. Try one like Dermalogica’s Superfoliant, approximately $85.

2. Winter weather can cause skin to become extra sensitive and irritable. Instead of using a soap based cleanser, use something gentler like Go-To’s Properly Clean ($31). With no synthetic colours or fragrances, it ensures your skin is thoroughly clean but never dry or unbalanced, while the all-natural silky soft mousse leaves your complexion smooth, hydrated and happy.

3. Invest in a barrier cream. Why? It will allow extra sensitive parts of the face (think nose and around the lips) from becoming further damaged. Aesop’s Elemental Barrier Cream (approx. $60) has emollient ingredients that soften, hydrate, and provide a barrier against the elements. A smooth, sustained finish leaves skin feeling protected, calmed and supple.

4. For extra hydration, try an overnight mask that will have you waking up to smooth, hydrated skin. An oil-free texture like Clinique’s Moisture Surge over-night mask (approx. $55) will penetrate the skin deeply to replenish lost moisture and soothe irritated skin. Skin can then retain its own natural moisture barrier and resist harmful irritants.

5. Don’t forget your lips! Use a lip exfoliater like Ilia’s Lip Exfoliator ($37) to slough away dead skin, and then condition lips with a lip conditioner.