Running is already tough on skin, so why add insult to injury? Whether you are over-using toner or suffer from very dry winter skin, we’re here to help you kick your bad beauty habits.
Change Your Tune on Toner
While toners can give your face a fresh feeling, they aren’t necessary, according to Dr. Marina Peredo, associate clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. “They were originally formulated to restore the skin’s pH balance after cleansing with soap.” There’s no harm in using a mild toner, however, especially after a workout or during your nightly cleanse. Licensed aesthetician Edyta Jarosz from Manhattan Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery in New York City says, “If you wear a lot of makeup, it just helps ensure your cleanser didn’t miss anything!”
Use Astringent Only If Oily
“Astringents are for oily skin types,” Peredo says. “They help to remove excess sebum and often deliver ingredients such as salicylic acid to treat acne.” Instead of an alcohol-heavy brand, Peredo recommends using witch hazel, “a very natural astringent.” When you find yourself with a breakout, reach for Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Cleansing Astringent Towelettes ($7, amazon.com).
Don’t Aim for Squeaky Clean
Tight skin is not an indicator of clean (or healthy) skin. If your skin is dry—and in the winter, most of ours is—try the new oils, gels and milks. “These bind to the oils in your skin and makeup, and then rinse them away,” Jarosz says. Glo Therapeutics Essential Cleansing Oil ($29, gloprofessional.com) uses a powerful blend of plant-based healthy oils and vitamin E. Sustainable Youth Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion ($50, sustainableyouth.com) has antioxidant-rich cocoa seed butter and aloe vera.
Winter Tip: Switch to a more hydrating moisturizer when the skin is sapped by dry air.
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