Glacial temperatures, lashing winds, and indoor heating can ravage your skin, leaving it scaly, parched, and drab. “These conditions suck the moisture out of your skin, leaving it dull and dry, as well as itchy and irritated,” explains Dr. Jessica Wu, a clinical instructor in dermatology at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.
To shape up for the new season, start by exfoliating your way to baby-soft skin. “The skin cycle is ideal in infancy, when the outer layer of skin is replaced about every few days,” says beauty and health expert Julia Layton. While we can’t turn back time, we can scrub our way to a more radiant complexion by sloughing off dead skin cells “so fresher ones can take their place”—an especially important factor in getting glowing skin after a winter fraught with frigid temperatures.
What’s more, exfoliating primes your skin for optimal absorption of your favorite products. In short, “Exfoliation is the key to optimizing every skin care regimen,” says dermatologist Craig Kraffert.