Quick Fixes and At-Home Remedies for the Most Common Wintertime Problems

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Your Problem: Allover Dryness
According to a Unilever study, skin loses more than 25 percent of its ability to hold moisture in winter, which causes it to flake, look dull and feel itchy.  

The Quick Fix: Right after your shower, pat dry, then immediately apply body cream. “The cream acts as a barrier, trapping the water inside your skin,” says dermatologist Janice Lima-Maribona, M.D. Try extra-thick Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Whipped Body Butter ($35, kiehls.com).
The Home Remedy: Add ¼ cup warm olive oil to three mashed apricots; mix until creamy. Leave on clean skin for 20 minutes.  “Apricots have moisturizing vitamin A, while olive oil is rich in vitamin E,” says dermatologist David Bank, M.D.

Tip: “Exfoliating with a scrub before you moisturize helps hydrating ingredients penetrate.” —Joanna Vargas, aesthetician

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Your Problem: Dark Under-Eye Circles
The skin under your eyes is the thinnest on your body, so blood vessels show through it, appearing as dark circles. Now that your tan has faded, they’re more obvious. And if you’ve stopped eating fresh, nutrient-rich foods and fallen behind on sleep, the circles will get even worse, Dr. Lima-Maribona says.

The Quick Fix: An eye cream with caffeine (such as L’Oréal Collagen Micro-Pulse Eye, $20) stimulates circulation. Smooth it underneath your eye, then massage with the vibrating metal tip. “A recent study shows that vibrations can help creams penetrate skin,” Dr. Lima-Maribona says.

The Home Remedy: Tear up parsley, stir into a glass of water, then pour into an ice cube tray. Once frozen, gently rub the parsley cubes under your eyes. “Parsley is packed with chlorophyll, which helps fade darkness. And the cold temperature of the ice reduces puffiness,” Dr. Bank says.

Tip: “Eating foods rich in vitamin K, such as broccoli and spinach, can lighten the circles under your eyes.” —Dr. David Bank

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Your Problem: Uneven Skin Tone
The sun is responsible for your new crop of post-summer manchas. Luckily, winter is the best time to get rid of them since UV rays aren’t as strong, says dermatologist Heather Woolery-Lloyd, M.D.

The Quick Fix: Start with a glycolic acid treatment (such as Cane+Austin Retexturing Treatment Pads, $60 for 30, caneandaustin.com) to lift off dull skin cells. Then apply a retinoid, which is a derivative of vitamin A that lightens dark areas (try Olay Pro-X Discoloration Fighting Concentrate, $42). “Do this nightly; you’ll see improvements in a few weeks,” Dr. Woolery-Lloyd says.   

The Home Remedy: The rich combo of unsaturated fatty acids, oleic acid and vitamin E in avocado work together to soothe inflammation and stop the skin from producing excess melanin (which is the pigment that makes your skin darker). Peel and mash an avocado, then apply it to the darkened area. Relax for 20 minutes. Wipe the avocado off and cleanse your skin.

Tip:  “One bad sunburn is all it takes to create new dark spots. It’s easier to prevent than repair, so wear sunscreen year-round.” —Heather Woolery-Lloyd, M.D., dermatologist

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Your Problem: Chapped Lips
“Unlike the rest of your skin, your lips don’t have sweat glands to keep them hydrated,” says dermatologist Maritza Perez, M.D. “And the winter weather makes them even drier.”

The Quick Fix: Dab on an ointment like Aquaphor Lip Repair, $5, which seeps into and heals cracks. Once lips are smooth, use a wax-based balm (like Rituelle Sweet Treats Lip Balms, $8 each, urbanrituelle.com). “The wax acts as a sealant, stopping moisture from escaping,” Dr. Perez says.

The Home Remedy: Mix one tablespoon honey with one teaspoon lemon juice and one tablespoon brown sugar. Gently rub the mixture on lips for two minutes, then rinse off. The sugar granules and the citric acid in the lemon juice slough off dry skin, while honey soothes any pain.

Tip: “Switch from a sheer gloss to a creamy lipstick to protect from UV and wind damage.” —David Bank, M.D., dermatologist