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10 Ways to Beat the Winter Beauty Blues

OK, so it's not exactly the season that makes us feel the prettiest. Dry skin, flakiness, wind-burntness, yadda yadda yadda. Do you ever start to suspect that the top two inches of your skin is comprised solely of air and flakes of dust, like a slab of Ikea particleboard? Do you ever wonder whether the water in your skin can literally freeze, and what it does to your face when it thaws? Not that I have or anything. Ahem. But I have discovered ways of mitigating winter's destruction and feelings of dermatological decrepitude. And now I shall share them with you. You're welcome!

Clark’s Botanicals Intense Radiance Mask

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Once per week, apply a thin coat of this mask, which contains white clay to clarify, tighten, calm inflammation, moisturize, revitalize, suppleize, and vibrantify. All gently, without making pores feel sucked dry. A great choice for breakout-prone skin.

Amorepacific Treatment Cleansing Oil

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Take off makeup and remove day dirt in one soft, silky step with this oil cleanser, which is so luxurious you’ll feel like you’re in a spa. Your face will feel that way, too.

Benefit Dr. Feelgood

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This is like an extra layer of velvet that sits between your face and your makeup. It’s a cushiony pillow that keeps everything comfy. In the winter, I can’t live without it.

Neutrogena Rainbath Renewing Shower and Bath Gel

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When it comes to shower gels and body cleansers, simple always beats complicated. Neutrogena Rainbath cleanses but doesn’t strip or leave greasy residue.

Ojon Rare Blend Oil Total Hair Therapy

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Don’t forget that hair gets dry and decrepit just like skin. Use a hair oil to add shine during the day or to create a lightweight leave-in treatment for overnight. You can also add a few drops to other stylers to make them more moisturizing.

Bliss Triple Oxygen + C Energizing Cream

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Skin needs extra care in the winter, and a day cream with a splash of vitamin C and oxygen is just the ticket. This superpair gives a boost of energy to tired, sallow skin.

Jouer Cosmetics Luminizing Moisture Tint SPF 20

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Winter skin is dry skin, and a dose of luminescence can brighten things up all around. Use a foundation with light-deflectors to correct skin tone and moisturize.

Ahava Mineral Hand Cream

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Between all the constant hand-washings that happen during flu season, hands can get pretty fried. I keep a small tube of this on hand at all times to make sure my fingers (and nails) are happy.

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