VIOLET GREY, January 2015
The first blast of frigid weather arrives with a gust of good cheer. Freezing temperatures have a festive feel when there’s highly anticipated holiday hobnobbing and a parade of beautiful coats and soft cashmere scarves to soften the blow. Then there are the frigid conditions that stick around until March and push one’s skin and psyche to their breaking point. While a certain amount of dryness may be tolerable — to a degree — letting skin become chronically tight and itchy can actually cause long-term damage, undoing all of the anti-aging good you’ve done throughout the year.
“It’s important to keep skin very hydrated in the winter; when your skin dries out your collagen gets dry, and when collagen gets dry it breaks down easier, which can actually contribute to an aging process,” renowned New York dermatologist Dr. Ariel Ostad told VIOLET GREY. To remedy this VIOLET GREY has outlined solutions for common complexion concerns, from dry skin to eczema, with the help of Ostad, London aesthetician Georgia Louise (she tends to the complexions of Emma Stone and Nicola Peltz) and Hollywood aesthetician Cristina Radu, who works with the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Eva Mendes and Cindy Crawford. Their advice for radiant complexions in even the most bitter temps, below.
Skin Concern: How to Cleanse Skin with Dry Patches
If not tended to adequately, dry patches can worsen very quickly.
Expert Solution: Skin that’s suffering from intense dryness shouldn’t be cleansed with more than a few drops of water, says Louise, which can rob the complexion of what little moisture it has left. Instead, she recommends that her clients emulsify an oil or balm between their palms (to do so, mix your formula of choice with a few drops of warm water), massage over face, then pat off with a warm, damp wash cloth, then repeat. Louise recommends doing this twice to ensure skin is very clean before bed.
Violet Says: Use Georgia Louise’s own Cleanse + Heal Duo Balm or Charlotte Tilbury Multi-Miracle Glow Cleanser, Mask, & Balm to cleanse the skin.