Sure, the holidays are great—but all those twinkling lights, delicious meals and gift exchanges also signal the arrival of … dry skin season. “We’re in the heat all night, and exposed to the elements when we go outside,” says OVME Chicago aesthetician Sara DeValk (you’ll want to book her for a HydraFacial, stat). “Going from one element to the next—dry heat to cold air, dry heat to cold air—takes a toll on our skin. It doesn’t look as vibrant and juicy as it does during the summertime; it just looks dull.”
It’s not all doom and gloom though. On your next stop into the studio, pick up DeValk’s two favorites for treating winter skin: SkinMedica’s HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator and TNS Ceramide Treatment Cream.
“HA5 is my favorite product right now,” DeValk says. “It has five different types of hyaluronic acid in it and makes sure your skin is trapping water, rather than expelling it out.” Plus, it goes on silky smooth. For severely dry skin, she says, start with HA5 morning and night, and apply the Ceramide Treatment right over top. The combination of powerful ingredients will make for healthy, hydrated skin no matter the weather.
DeValk offers one more pro tip: Pair these products with a monthly dermaplane treatment throughout the winter. “Your skill will receive the products even better.” And once you get your glow back, you can enjoy the holidays that much more.