How to Get Your Skin Out of the Winter Dullness Doldrums

Remember the sun? If you live somewhere where it’s magically warm all the time, like Southern California or Florida, then you probably do. But here in New York, and out in the great Midwest, we’re seriously missing sunshine and balmy weather right now. In addition to winter being cold and unpleasant, a lot of us start to see visible skin dullness during these bleak months. The mix of cold, low-humidity air outside, combined with super drying heating systems inside, leads to skin that is dry, flakey, and dull. So what are ways to revitalize skin that is tired from battling the elements?

Exfoliate Dead Skin

The first thing to do to revive dull skin is to get rid of the top layer of dead skin cells, which tends to build up faster in the winter. On rougher parts of your body, like elbows and knees, we suggest a physical exfoliator in the form of a sugar or salt scrub. For more delicate body parts like your lovely face, use a gentle chemical exfoliator, like Alder New York’s Everyday Face Cleanser, which removes the top layer of dead skin cells without damaging the new layer of skin beneath. 

Brighten And Glow

The next thing you want to do is get that glow you’re sorely missing. This is where vitamin C is your friend, as it’s a natural collagen enhancer and skin brightener. A vitamin C rich mask like Alder New York’s Brightening Face Mask will also infuse your skin with calendula and chamomile extracts, while naturally exfoliating with gentle clays, for a double-bang-for-your-winter skin buck. 

Hydrate and Humidify

This is a winter skin dullness post, so of course we’re going to tell you to moisturize. If you’re not already, make sure to get a serum and/or moisturizer that uses hyaluronic acid, a skincare super-ingredient that naturally attracts and holds unto moisture.

But our next tip might surprise you: Invest in a humidifier! Seriously, this big skin reviving tip involves a home appliance. Using a humidifier when you're home will add much needed moisture back into the air for your skin to absorb. And if you’re using that hyaluronic acid infused moisturizer we just suggested, a humidifier will give that HA some moisture to grab unto.

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