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Save Face With These Ultimate Winter Skincare Tips And Tricks

Cold temps, dry air, windy days, no sunlight ever. Not exactly the making of dewy, glowing, healthy skin, but not to worry—solutions to all your beauty woes can be found right here.

There’s not a lot to love about the way winter treats your delicate skin. There are, however, ways to fight back, starting with a trip to Nevis (sorry, not sold at Barneys) followed by a well-stocked bathroom cabinet of serums, moisturizers, and fake-it-til-spring color enhancers (all available at yours truly). We asked Jason Ascher, artist in residence at Barneys New York’s Madison Avenue location, for his top secrets to surviving the anti-skin season.

“The most common issues I see in winter are dry skin texture, redness or blotchiness, and a general loss of luminosity,” says Ascher. “I recommend cleansing with an oil-based formula such as Tatcha Women’s Pure: One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil—it lifts off makeup, SPF, and pollutants without stripping the skin. I often advise clients to put aside granular exfoliants and switch over to alpha hydroxy treatments for more gentle exfoliation.”

To treat the raw-nose syndrome (a familiar complaint for anyone who skis, runs, or otherwise ventures outdoors in the winter), Ascher suggests Mila Moursi Triple Action Eye Contour Cream. “This is not only an amazing treatment for soothing tired, puffy under eyes but also happens to work beautifully around the nose to soothe chapping and redness,” he shares.

Winter weather also means mixing up your usual moisturizer. “Richer moisturizers like 111SKIN Celestial Black Diamond Cream and Augustinus Bader the Rich Cream are absolutely indispensable,” says Ascher, who advocates changing out lighter-texture, summer products for deeper hydration, and adding a serum or oil, which will penetrate deeper than a cream alone to address winter-skin issues.

You can give dull skin an instant boost by looking for products with vitamin C, which Ascher explains promotes brightness and vibrancy. Or consider a brightening mask to boost moisture, firmness, and glow. For extra help, Ascher sings the praises of Westman Atelier Super Loaded Tinted Highlight. “Hands down, this is the single most perfect cosmetic for adding a healthy glow,” he says. “Use it anywhere on the face—as a cream shadow or as a lip tint. You can literally bring just this and a tube of mascara on a beach vacation and be set.” Now you just need that plane ticket.


“Ignore the name—this gentle cleanser will absolutely not make your skin oily, but it will prevent it from drying out.”
“Use this to touch up the area around the nose. It even has a blending applicator attached, and it's barely larger than a chubby lipstick, so you can take it anywhere.”
“This oil is soothing and hydrating. It's lightweight, but it deeply penetrates the skin and will be absorbed very quickly due to its unique formulation."
“This is a hydrating formula that will really leave skin dewy and perfectly natural, but with a longer-lasting coverage than warmer-weather tinted moisturizers.”
“Vitamin C breaks down when it comes in contact with liquid. It’s much more efficacious when added to a moisturizer right before application, like you can with this powder."
“These masks brighten, repair, and hydrate. I like to put them in the fridge until I am ready to use them. The cool sensation really wakes my skin up.”
“In the winter, switch from granular products to alpha hydroxy treatments. They provide an effective but gentler way to exfoliate.”

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