winter skin survival guide
Basic winter survival usually consists of movie nights curled up in front of the fireplace, copious amounts of comfort food and wool – layers and layers of it. Your skin, on the other hand, requires an entirely different plan of action in order to survive the season. It’s dry, it’s dull, and it’s only February. Between shoveling snow off of your car (thank you, polar vortex), spiking your hot chocolate and researching tropical vacations, you don’t exactly have time to turn your daily skincare routine into a 60-minute spa treatment. Never fear; busy girls can breeze right into spring with a little help from this trio of skin-saving superstars. Oils, acids and retinols: three ingredients that work extra hard so you don’t have to.

Oils

Oils are a busy girl’s dream because its the one product that covers all bases—skin, hair, nails. They hydrate, nourish, revitalize and rebalance all with just a few drops. Argan oil will always be a standby, but try rounding out the rest of winter with a light coconut or marula oil.
Product Picks: The Body Shop Coconut Beautifying Oil, African Botanics Pure Marula Oil
 

Acids

Suggesting you up your acids game may sound a little intense, but your skin needs exfoliation this time of year. You can easily combat dullness while you wash with an acid-rich cleanser. Gylcolic and salicylic acid face washes gently renew the skin’s surface, allowing you to sport a smooth, bright complexion.
Product Picks: SkinCeuticals Purifying Cleanser, Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel
 

Retinols

If you thought retinols were too irritating for winter skin, you thought wrong. In fact, when paired with the right ingredients, products containing retinol can provide all day hydration along with the skin tone evening, fine line fighting powers you know and love.
Product Picks: Garnier Ultra-Lift Transformer Anti-Age Skin Corrector, L’Oréal RevitaLift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Day Cream SPF 18
 
What do you add to your skincare regimen when it needs a little boost? Tell us in the comments!
 
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