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Our poor skin has a lot to contend with during the winter — frigid temperatures, harsh wind, loss of humidity and indoor heating, just to name a few. The result can be not only the expected dry skin, but also redness and blotchiness. To help combat winter redness, you'll need skin care products that cleanse gently, moisturize, exfoliate, calm irritated skin, and repair damage. Your best bets will be products with nourishing, natural ingredients that rejuvenate skin, boost collagen and stimulate cell renewal. Here are some of our recommended products to banish blotchy winter skin and restore a healthy complexion.
And by the way, don't forget to use sunscreen to protect your skin — yes, even in the winter.
Red Flower Lymphatic Phytopower Sea Cleanser and Masque ($42 in the shop) is a light, creamy facial wash that cleanses the skin without drying. It does double duty as a face mask boosted with marine antioxidants and anti-aging ingredients.
Blissoma Fresh Mild Rice Facial Cleanser ($31.99) is a non-soap, daily cream face wash that uses natural grain fiber and B vitamins to remove dirt and energize skin. It contains willowbark extract to gently exfoliate and emollient organic oils to moisturize.
Medik8 Red Alert Serum ($60 in the shop) provides relief for redness and flare-ups caused by skin hypersensitivity, irritation and erythema. This extremely targeted formula has just one active ingredient — teprenone — that is cutting edge and remains quite rare. It claims to mend broken veins and calm rosacea.
E'shee Cellular Repair Serum ($179 in the shop) is hugely beneficial for rosacea, broken veins and deep wrinkles. The key active is the cutting-edge FGF 1 (a Recombinant Human acidic Fibroblast Growth Factor), which is a powerful ingredient to rejuvenate damaged or aging skin by boosting collagen production. The ingredient horse chestnut is the repair for broken capillaries.
Blissoma Smooth A+ Perfecting Serum ($25.99) is certified vegan and has no silicones or fillers that can clog pores. The serum contains 4% niacinamide, anti-inflammatory herbs and vitamin A to treat and prevent acne breakouts, cleanse and calm pores, soothe rosacea and reduce hyperpigmentation on damaged or irritated skin.
Prana Reishi Mushroom Shield ($42 in the shop) is a nourishing, lightweight day moisturizer that provides a sufficient layer of protection in dry cold weather. It has SPF 45 derived from organic plant stem cell mushrooms and micronized zinc — ingredients that are designed to block UVA/UVB rays while reducing redness and inflammation.
Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Active Moisture Time Release Vitamin D Moisture Mist ($39 in the shop) is one of the few cosmetic products with vitamin D, which is especially beneficial during this time of the year. This aromatic spray provides lasting hydration for the face, neck and décolletage. Alpine rose extract helps to increase skin's resistance to environmental stressors and dryness; shiitake mushroom soothes irritation and redness.
Sevani Advanced Complexion Corrector ($39 in the shop) is formulated to calm redness, rosacea and other skin irritations. It is a light spray, so there is no need to slather on yet another cream. This complexion-correcting mist improves skin's texture over time with natural exfoliants and nourishing ingredients, such as niacinimide, licorice root, panthenol and green and white teas.
Astara Golden Flame Hydration Mask ($46) hydrates and calms dry and weathered-damaged skin. It has cucumber extract and aloe vera, which relieve dry, irritated tissue, and sodium hyaluronate, which holds moisture in cells. Recommended for sensitive and dry skin-types, as well as for rosacea, this mask is refreshing, soothing and anti-inflammatory.
suki transformative purifying masque ($48.95) is a multi-tasking clay that doubles as a mask and and overnight treatment. It helps to clear pores and reduce blemishes, balancing your complexion, while it calms and soothes irritated skin and redness with ingredients such as white willow salicins, kaolin clay, glycerin, calendula, witch hazel and seaweed.
Note: This article was last updated on January 27, 2015.