Ask mBLOG: Solutions to All Your Winter Beauty Woes

winter skin care, dry skin, chapped lips

Sure, there’s a lot to love about winter—freshly-fallen snow, hot chocolate, cozy sweaters. But when it comes to your beauty look, this time of the year leaves a lot to be desired. Cold weather is one of skin’s biggest foes, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a few tricks up our sleeves to help smooth (pun intended) the situation. Which is why, today, we’re answering your biggest questions about winter skincare woes. So there, Jack Frost!

Q: Should I use a different daily moisturizer in the wintertime?

A: Cold air outside and hot air inside are a crippling one-two punch to skin, so your normal skincare regime may no longer cut it. If you typically use a water-based moisturizer, consider switching to an oil-based formula that better builds your skin’s moisture barrier. And don’t neglect sun protection just because it’s cold outside! A moisturizer with SPF is always essential. Try Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Silk Cream, formulated to enhance skin’s ability to retain moisture—no matter the temperature.

Q: My hands and cold temps don’t mix… at all. How can I combat dry, cracked skin?

A: Dry skin leads to cracked skin, which leads to wrinkled skin and that’s one cycle we definitely want to escape. The first step in protecting you hands is to wear gloves whenever you’re outside. It may seem like a no-brainer, but don’t wait until your fingers are freezing to cover up. Your other form of defense is hand cream, preferably one with a lot of hydration-loving oils like Bliss High Intensity Hand Cream. Apply when your hands are slightly damp to really lock in the moisture.

Q: My chapped lips feel and look terrible all winter long. What ingredients should I look for in a moisturizing lip balm?

A: Keep your eyes peeled for lip balms with moisturizing natural ingredients like aloe and rosehip seed oil. A few of our favorites are Clinique Superbalm Lip Treatment and Laura Mercier Infusion de Rose Nourishing Lip Balm. Be sure to remove any dead skin with a dry toothbrush before applying.

Shop everything you need to protect your skin this winter at macys.com

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