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Banish the Winter Beauty Blues

Our tried-and-true solutions to help you alleviate five winter beauty concerns.

Dry Skin:

Itchy, dry skin is never in season.  It’s a condition that is downright uncomfortable and the complete opposite of pretty.  Make sure you protect your epidermis from harsh environmental conditions with products infused with hydrating ingredients such as oatmeal, shea butter, avocado oil and vitamin E. Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion ($8.47) is one way to win the battle of dry skin – plus it never clogs pores with its SPF ingredient, so it is safe for facial application as well.  If you have intense dry skin, Sephora BODY Super Supreme Body Butter ($15) instantly saturates dry skin, making it supple and smooth.


Acne, like dry skin, can affect anyone at any time. Hormones, genetics and stress are key triggers, so relax and keep your skin free from oil and dirt by controlling it with Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Control Kit ($18.48) or ProActiv Solutions Kit ($39.95). The three-piece kit is ideal for those who want to test the products for themselves. Perk alert: with a free renewal mask, which is excellent as an overnight blemish treatment, comes with every purchase. Which every purchase? The Clean & Clear or ProActiv? Also, I don’t know which ProActiv Solutions Kit this is. They are all called this. The only kit I found worth $39.95 is the 3 piece 60 day system.

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Post-Acne Marks:

We all agree that acne is a nuisance and the lingering scars can be embarrassing reminders of its nasty presence. Solution: Try Clinique Acne Solutions Post Blemish formula ($13.50), an oil-free treatment that gently fades scars and discolorations left by acne.

Under-eye baggage:

Got some extra baggage under your eyes from studying for finals? We’ve got just the right solution to handle them: Bliss Baggage Handler Eye Gel ($28). This light-weight cooling gel will help diminish the look of fatigue and puffiness thanks to its calming ingredients such as cucumber and cornflower extracts.

Achieving flawless, natural-looking tan:

To get a sun-kissed look without the skin damage, try Bare Escentuals Faux Tan Sunless Tanner ($22). Its light-weight and non-clogging formula delivers a hydrating, natural tan in just 3 hours!

Maintaining porcelain perfection:

Twilight fans know that pale is the new tan! For those who want to maintain and enhance their porcelain features, give skin a brightening boost with Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Cleansing Foam ($34).

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