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.