Just when it seemed like the weather was going to ease up and be kind to New York City dwellers, the blustery winds have returned. While an extra layer of clothing might help protect you from the chill, don’t forget to pay extra attention to the delicate skin on your face.
Using a serum in addition to a daily moisturizer will help get moisture deep into the skin where extra care is needed in sub-zero conditions.
Here is a list of serums to give your winter skin routine the extra boost it needs to combat the harsh arctic air:
Lumene Excellent Future Age-Defying & Repairing Serum
What better winter defense is out there, than skincare made from botanicals which nature made to survive freezing climates? Using a stem cell technology developed by Lumene’s own laboratories, the Excellent Future product line harnesses the cell protecting power found in the Uttwiler Spätlauber apple, a variety unique to rural Switzerland, and combines it with the collagen-boosting properties of the Arctic Cloudberry. The affordable paraben-free Age Defying and Repairing Serum is also unscented, color-less, and virtually vanishes into the skin.
$30, available at CVS, all over Manhattan.
Burt’s Bees Repair Serum with Attar of Rose
In addition to its naturally divine scent, Burt’s Bees Repair Serum’s star ingredient, Rosehip seed oil, is rich in Vitamins A, C, B, B2, E, K and P. Despite being an “oil,” it is considered to be “dry,” which lends itself to easy, and almost instant skin absorption, making it the perfect vehicle for delivering all those nutrients and antioxidants deep into the skin—a great line of defense against the dry winter chill.
$18, available at Whole Foods, all over Manhattan.
Avalon Organics Lavender Luminosity Renewal Face Serum
Avalon Organics’ Lavender Luminosity Renewal Face Serum is rich with calming ingredients such as lavender, chamomile, and licorice root as its name suggests-- and also has a solid base of anti-oxidant loaded grape seed polyphenols, and white tea. This combination helps soothing wind-chapped cheeks by reducing inflammation, while helping skin defend itself against free radicals.
$22, available at Whole Foods, all over Manhattan.
L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Extract Ultimate Youth Serum
L’immortelle or the Immortelle flower is famously known for its everlasting brilliant yellow color which remains even after it’s been picked. The extract of the Immortelle is used as both an analgesic, and anti-inflammatory, and has been touted for its cell-regenerating properties. L’Occitane Devine Extract combines Immortelle extract with Myrtle essential oil to repair and stimulate skin cells-- perfect for shielding skin from the drying effects of winter weather.
$108, available at L’Occitane boutiques, all over Manhattan.
Izlla Urban Elements Defense Facial Serum
The pretty blue tint of Izlla’s vegan, petroleum-free, synthetic-free, fragrance-free, and gluten-free Urban Elements Defense Facial Serum comes from its azulene rich active ingredient: German Chamomile. Also known as Blue Chamomile, the petite daisy–like flower has the highest concentration of anti-inflammatory, and sedative compounds in the Chamomile family. Blue Chamomile, combined with other calming and anti-oxidant ingredients such as Olive Squalane, green tea, chlorophyll, and pomegranate; helps reduce the effects of winter stress on delicate skin.
$39, available online in Izlla’s webstore.