So often, the winter elements leave our skin dry and dull which add yet another element of discomfort to the season. The lack of sun exposure strips skin of its color, which leaves blemishes far more noticeable. Luckily, there are a few ways you can counteract the elements and create summer skin in the dead of winter.
Add a drop of self-tanner to your moisturizer.
I love using self-tanner all over in the winter for a subtle glow and recently have been adding a small amount to my moisturizer once a week. It doesn't make your face look much darker, but it does add a glow that hides small blemishes and makes you look brighter and more alive.
Use a vitamin C serum.
On mornings when your face looks particularly dull or tired, try a drop or two of vitamin C serum to instantly look brighter and more awake.
Mix an oil into your moisturizer.
Similar to the self-tanning trick, blend a few drops of oil into your moisturizer depending on your concern. I typically use Caudalie's Premier Cru The Elixir but when I feel a breakout coming on, I like Jurlique's Skin Balancing Face Oil.
Exfoliate in the morning.
Taking the time to slough off dead skin cells is an easy route to brighter looking skin. In the winter, you will typically need more exfoliation than usual because skin is so easily dried out. I typically use a face polisher every other morning, focusing on the driest spots and then follow up with moisturizer.
Try a deep cleansing mask.
At times when my face is a mess due to the elements or stress, I use a deep cleansing mask for 10-15 minutes. Not only will it clean out your pores and help ward off breakouts, but it also leaves your face bright and smooth.