Expert Advice: Good Winter Skin

Worried about what the cold weather and dry indoor heat are going to do to your skin this winter? Here, our expert estheticians sound off about their favorite skin-saving tips for winter.

Name: Jeri L, Esthetician, Santa Fe
Recommends: Hyaluronic Acid

“Hyaluronic acid is this great humectant that holds moisture to the skin,” says Jeri. “You don’t feel greasy, you just feel hydrated.” Pharmaca carries a number of products that feature hyaluronic acid, and Jeri especially loves Mychelle’s Ultra Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum. She uses it twice a day, after cleansing.

Name: Jenny M, Esthetician, La Jolla
Recommends: Jurlique’s Moisture Replenishing Day Cream

“People get dry, chapped skin as their oil production slows in the winter,” says Jenny, even in southern California where it’s summer-like weather year round. That’s why she loves Jurlique’s Moisture Replenishing Day Cream, filled with shea butter and avocado oils, which she says can be used day or night on the face and neck. “It’s so thick and luxurious, it’s like butter!”

Name: Maggie B, Esthetician, Redmond
Recommends: Sunscreen

“People don’t think they need sunscreen in the winter, but they do,” says Maggie. “Especially for winter sports—the reflection of the sun off snow can burn you in just a few minutes.” She recommends the especially hydrating Replenishing Solar Defense SPF 30 from Mychelle.

Name: Jenn R, Esthetician, Mill Valley
Recommends: Essential Fatty Acids

“Topical hydration can’t touch your skin if your internal hydration is off balance,” says Jenn. That’s why she emphasizes the crucial role that omega-3s play in hydrating our skin from the inside out. For women especially, Jenn will turn to a well-rounded formula that includes borage or primrose oils to help balance hormones, such as Nordic Naturals Complete Omega 3-6-9. Jenn also really likes the omega-7s found in sea buckthorn (try New Chapter’s Supercritical Omega 7, which Jenn says they can’t keep on the shelves). “I would take both of these in the winter if you’re noticing that your skin is drier than normal.”

Name: Janet N, Esthetician, Oakland
Recommends: Sanitas’ Topical C

“For colder weather I like Sanitas Topical C, which is very protective for the skin,” says Janet, adding that that protection is especially important when the heat comes on inside. She loves that this healing vitamin C comes in a thicker base, and can be good for burns and chapped skin. “I have people that use it all year round,” she says, adding that she even layers it over eye cream or an anti-aging cream to further seal in active ingredients.

Visit a Pharmaca esthetician for your own personalized winter skin care tips.