The best ways to take care of your skin this winter

Mastering that “dewy, winter glow” takes more effort than just slathering on lotion and hoping for the best.

Here are the extra steps I take during winter to keep my skin fresh and dewy:

My skin is actually combination/oily, but winter in the Windy City makes my skin extremely dry . To combat this dryness, I start my morning and end my evening with a layer of moisturizer specific to dry skin.

Right now I’m loving Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream for Dry Skin ($9,, it’s lightweight so I don’t feel like I just layered my face with pore-clogging oils or thick creams.

(Tip: if my skin is wind-burned or starting to crack, I put a layer of Aquaphor Healing Ointment on my face and let it sit for an hour or so before washing it off with a mild cleanser.)

My go-to cleanser for dry skin is Burt’s Bees Orange Essence Facial Cleanser ($8,  In addition to smelling fantastic, this cleanser removes dirt and doesn’t clog my pores.

Once my skin is prepped, I opt for a liquid sheer foundation–I like the coverage and extras that Neutrogena offers. Right now I love their Healthy Skin Liquid makeup ($12, drugstores).

I love the glow associated with pinky/peach blush–my favorite blush, that I use all year-long, is Clinique’s Blushing Blush in Aglow. ($21, Sephora or department stores).

Finally I add a highlighter, such as Benefit’s High Beam ($26, Sephora/Ulta/Benefit stores), to my cheeks and cupids bow.

Last, I swipe on a few coats of mascara, a shimmery pearl eye-shadow to the corner of my eyes, a lip balm and I’m all set. Winter glow, game on.

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