Here's How Your Skin Routine Should Change in the Winter
1. Hit Refresh
Treatments and creams work best if they can enter the skin—hard to do if dead cells have built up on the surface. Eliminate this debris and the active ingredients in your products will penetrate better, says Gohara. Plus, light will reflect more evenly off the skin, which brightens your complexion. The best way tocome clean is with either a physicalexfoliator (a scrub with a gritty texture that buffs away the dead cells) or a chemical one (a lotion that dissolves the "glue" between the cells, allowing them to be sloughed off). Which should you use? "For maximum results I recommend a combination of the two," says Gohara. Her advice: Once or twice a week, cleanse with a nonsoap face wash and a washcloth, or instead try a gentle scrub or a face polish. Then apply a mild chemical exfoliant containing the vitamin A derivative retinol or an alpha hydroxy acid, such as lactic or glycolic acid. Remember that it's a good idea to exfoliate at night, when skin cell regeneration reaches its peak.