Exfoliate and Hydrate Winter Skin with These Super-Effective Products

It’s no secret that winter wreaks its own special brand of havoc on skin. Dryness, increased sensitivity and itchiness are all major sources of discomfort caused by falling temperatures and dry air. While you can’t avoid Mother Nature, you can calm unstable skin by modifying your routine. These advanced products from Clinique will make a world of difference.


clinique-1The new Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush ($89.50) is a game changer of the highest order. Developed by dermatologists, this innovative brush is gentle enough to use on even the most sensitive skin. Utilizing two types of bristles — one for the larger cheek area and another for more hard-to-reach spots — the brush works overtime to rid skin of makeup, oil and debris that manual cleansing may overlook.

Not only is the brush kind to your skin, it’s also antimicrobial. You can count on it to stay clean even with regular use. Better still, its 30-second auto shutoff feature ensures you won’t go overboard with cleansing. In fact, that’s just enough time to achieve softer, cleaner skin. Simply add your cleanser to the brush or directly to your face (we like Clinique’s Foaming Sonic Facial Soap) and massage in a circular motion for five seconds each on the forehead, chin and nose, finishing with 15 seconds on the cheeks. No pressure is needed at all — the bristles are strong enough to do the job on their own.

Remaining devoted to your usual cleanser during winter is ill-advised if your skin is suffering the season’s wrath. Switch to a creamier emulsion, like Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm ($28.50). The formula is enriched with nourishing safflower seed oil and literally melts on the skin. As it transforms into a milky oil, it gently yet effectively removes all traces of the day, even seemingly budge-proof eye makeup.

For stubborn makeup, like long-wear, waterproof and sunscreen-enriched formulas, Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil ($27) works like a charm. Not only does the oil feel heavenly on parched skin, it leaves skin more supple to the touch after rinsing. Even the most tricky makeup is no match for this skin-loving cleanser.


No cold-weather skincare regimen is complete without a heavy-duty moisturizer to combat the harsh elements of the season. Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief ($38.50) feeds skin the moisture it desperately needs. The gel formula is light and airy to the touch yet penetrates deeply to deliver intensive hydration. Skin is left soothed and, with regular use, feels softer, healthier and smoother over time.

What better way to end the day than with a product that does all the hard work while you catch up on your beauty sleep? Clinique Repairwear Sculpting Night Cream ($65) is a powerhouse firming treatment made with ingredients that promote natural collagen production. Used religiously, the cream-gel yields a more sculpted complexion with a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. Overnight, skin is immediately repaired and revived, left smooth and glowing by morning.

Winter may not be so kind to your skin, but that doesn’t mean you can’t face it head-on and emerge looking absolutely flawless.

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