Skin Looking Sallow? Five Steps to a Winter Glow

No matter your age, there are steps you can take to ensure your skin looks bright and healthy, even in the dark months of winter. Follow these tips and even as your skin ages, and you'll be sure to always look your freshest.

1. Start a Routine

"In your 20s, good cleansing habits are critical," says Jennifer Linder, a dermatologist in Scottsdale, Arizona. "Getting oil under control allows skin to appear radiant, not greasy." She suggests a weekly exfoliating treatment to clean out pores.

2. Be Bright Eyed

As you aPhoto Credit: Sean CunninghamPhoto Credit: Sean Cunninghamge, gravity takes its toll. "You'll start to see dark circles due to a shadow effect," explains Ellen Marmur, a New York City dermatologist and author of Simple Skin Beauty. Look for products that boost collagen to thicken skin, like Shu Uemura Vitalizing Eye Essence. "And using a green-tinted concealer under your makeup will camouflage circles, allowing your whole face to glow."

3. Get Even

Sun spots are a no-no. When you even out the tone of your complexion, you'll look younger. Try La Roche-Posay Mela-D Serum. But, Marmur adds, "there's no point in using pigment erasers if you're not going to use SPF."

4. Strengthen Skin

When you reach menopause, re-evaluate your routine, because your skin will have changed. "The lack of hormones leads to dehydration," notes Linder. "You need to renew the surface and moisturize." To stimulate cellular turnover, try Patricia Wexler M.D. Dermatology Gentle Exfoliating Peel, and stay hydrated post treatment with PCA Skin Après Peel Soothing Balm.

5. Stay Protected

Skin cancers often show up in your 60s," says Linder. "The best way to care for your skin and prevent future damage is with antioxidants - and regular derm checkups." Try Nu Skin Tru Face Essence Ultra, which contains antioxidants like coenzyme Q10 and carotenoids. Top it off with DDF Advanced Moisture Defense UV Cream SPF 15 for added protection.

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