By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

We usually think the colder months are hard on the skin, but actually, the next couple of months are ideal for remedying those little damages that come with being exposed to sunlight and warm weather. It’s time for your skin to regain its full strength and glow.

SPF All Year

If you want to improve your skin, the best way to start is to prevent further damage. That means wearing a moisturizer with SPF year-round because UVA and UVB rays are not just a summer thing.

Cardon Daily SPF + Moisturizer, $18

First Comes Vitamin A

Vitamin A – or the active ingredient retinol – works excellent all year, but even better during the darker months because of less sun exposure, which destroys the sensitive vitamin. Ideally, retinol should always be used at night for optimal results.

Murad Retinol Youth Renewing Night Cream, $82

Targeted Serum

Reduce lines and strengthen your skin, so it appears firmer with a targeted serum that works in tandem with your moisturizer with concentrated ingredients that boost your skin’s own first line of defense.

Kiehl’s Age Defender Power Serum, $50

Regain Lost Moisture

Facial oil or oil-based serum helps build the skin’s barrier with concentrated nourishment that mimics its own building blocks. Regain lost moisture with just a few drops of oils on its own or blended with your moisturizer. Oil should always be applied to slightly damp skin.

Tom Ford Intensive Infusion Face Oil, $230

Stand Corrective

If you have uneven skin tone or perhaps hyperpigmentation in the form of dark spots or shadows on your skin, a naturally peeling skin treatment should lead to better skin. Products containing AHA and BHA peeling agents are a somewhat gentle and highly effective way to even out your skin tone and texture.

The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution, $7.20

The Daily Cleanse

Cleansing your skin daily is essential to eliminate dirt, oil, and impurities on the skin’s surface. This rotating cleansing brush gently whisks away the grime of the day while gently stimulating the skin’s surface. Ideal before you shave to lift the beard hair from the skin.

The Art of Shaving Power Brush, $40

Proper Lip Service

The right product for your lips will make the difference between lips that are, in fact, soft instead of just feeling soft. Regular chapsticks just coat your lips, so they feel soft, while proper ingredients will penetrate the skin on your lips to actually make them soft. Plus, you won’t need to re-apply constantly.  

La Mer the Lip Balm, $70

Don’t Forget to Wear a Mask!

You can literally customize your mask to whatever skin needs you might have. For a couple of times a week, let a facial mask work its wonders on your face while you take a breather and feel the instant results right after.

Acqua di Parma Barbiere Facial Clay Mask, $38