Get rid of the dead stuff
The number one reason skin gets dull in winter? Buildup of dead skin cells. Cells naturally travel from the lowest layer of the epidermis to the top layer and then shed off to reveal a healthier, more radiant complexion. But as we age, the rate at which our cells turn over slows down—from every 14 days as a baby, to every 21 to 28 days as a teenager, to every 28 to 42 days at middle age, and to every 42 to 84 days over age 50. When the turnover rate slows, the top layer of the skin—the one we see, touch, and even agonize over—sticks around longer, dulling our complexion. To get back that youthful glow, we have to remove those dead skin cells regularly. “I recommend exfoliating at home on a weekly basis and combining it with a professional treatment, such as the BeautyRx Signature Tetrafoliant 30% Peel, every four to six weeks,” says Edelyn Collado, head facialist at The Ritualist. Your dermatologist and facialist can advise you about the best approach for your specific skin type and concerns.
Use the right cleanser
Ensure the regular sloughing off of dead, dull skin cells by using a gentle, exfoliating cleanser every day (or every two to three days, depending on your skin type), to remove dead cell pile-up and any flaky layers. “I first start with Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Replenishing Cleansing Oil to remove makeup and impurities,” says board-certified dermatologist Dendy Engelman, MD. “Then I’ll use an exfoliating cleanser, like Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub, to target buildup.” If you’re using self-tanner, exfoliate lightly every two to three days. “This will prevent color build-up and ensure that your tan is always fading evenly,” says St. Tropez’s Skin Finishing Expert Sophie Evans. (Check out the face-washing mistakes you didn’t realize you were making.)