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Winter Skin Problems and the Best Solutions

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Dec 22, 2020
Winter Skin Problems and the Best Solutions

Make winter more beautiful with these seasonal picks

Winter can be a lot of fun, as we swap out the beanies for Santa hats and sip hot cocoa while watching Christmas movies. But as any beauty lover knows, it’s not all Pinterest and presents during the holiday season. You also have to deal with skin freakouts as the chilly weather starts to dry and dull your skin - and don’t even get us started on the breakouts and chapped lips.

The lack of moisture in the air can be very confusing for your complexion, and even your best ride-or-die beauty products don’t always have a place in your winter skincare routine. It’s not an ideal scenario, but it’s definitely an excuse to shop for yourself and give the gift of winter-friendly skincare this season. Serums that instantly brighten, lip scrubs to get your pout ready for pink lipstick, and hydrating moisturizers that intensely nourish… oh my!

Sleigh this season with the best winter skincare products to treat even the most dry (or dull, or chapped) complexions.


Herbal Hydrating Serum by Mario Badescu, $30

Herbal Hydrating Serum by Mario Badescu
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Looking for a dewy glow as you play in the snow? Herbal Hydrating Serum is here to banish winter dullness and help you glow through the season. The lightweight and oil-free gel won’t clog your pores or feel too heavy on your face, and each ingredient brightens up your complexion like the holiday lights! Gingko Bilonba and Ginseng Extract are botanicals to energize and create a dewy effect, and Glycolipid Ceramides seal moisture into the skin while amplifying the brightness factor even further. Serums are one of the best skincare products to add to your winter beauty lineup, as they’re lightweight, ultra-effective, and unlikely to irritate your sensitive skin during the chilly months. And the Herbal Hydrating Serum is a top-rated product that 92% of our MIRA BEAUTY guests say is brightening, hydrating, and pore-minimizing.

Advanced Genifique Sensitive Antioxidant Serum by Lancôme, $80

Advanced Genifique Sensitive Antioxidant Serum by Lancôme
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If you’ve seen Zendaya’s beauty looks, you know that she gets a lot of her glowiness from Lancôme products. She is a global ambassador for the brand, after all, and you can recreate her natural radiance with the Advanced Genifique Sensitive Antioxidant Serum. It’s made with antioxidants like Vitamin E to soothe and nourish the skin, along with Ferulic Acid and Bifida Ferment Lysate to support the moisture barrier. Once your skin is hydrated and healthy, the dullness starts to fade and your complexion will be merry and bright. Advanced Genifique is one of our favorite holiday gifts for the luxury skin care enthusiast, and MIRA guests agree. 99% say that it’s brightening, and 97% call it anti-aging and hydrating.

Confidence In A Cream Rosy Tone Moisturizer by IT Cosmetics, $49

Confidence In A Cream Rosy Tone Moisturizer by IT Cosmetics
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Sure, you could always dip yourself in highlighter for all-over, holiday-ready glowing skin that definitely beats winter dullness. But maybe you’re a natural beauty lover who still wants to look like you, only a little bit brighter… and that’s exactly what you’ll get with the Confidence in a Cream Rosy Tone Moisturizer. It’s enhanced with rosy tone pigments to enhance your skin’s vitality - stimulating surface cell renewal to add a boost of brightness, improve skin texture, and gently exfoliate. All the things you need to lift and light up your look for the season! In addition to rosy pigments, this moisturizer also features iris root, peony extract, aloe leaf juice, squalane and other skin-nourishing ingredients - perfect for your most soft, sweet, and sparkling skin.


The True Cream Aqua Bomb by Belif, $38

The True Cream Aqua Bomb by Belif
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“Aqua Bomb is amazing for combo and oily skin. You will still get that extra kick of moisture without clogging your pores.” Ah, the eternal struggle of winter - when even those with oily skin are dealing with dryness, and don’t want to break out on the quest for hydration. The True Cream Aqua Bomb has your back. It features unique ingredients like antioxidant-rich Lady’s Mantle, which protects against free radical damage, improves firmness, and minimizes the look of pores. And then there’s Glycerin and Ceramide, which flood your face with moisture upon contact and leave you with smooth, soft, and ultra-hydrated skin. Clinical tests showed that participants saw a 70% increase in hydration levels after using this product, and MIRA guests are just as impressed. The True Cream Aqua Bomb has top ratings for being hydrating, brightening, skin-evening and good for acne!

Lala Retro Whipped Moisturizer With Ceramides by Drunk Elephant, $60

Lala Retro Whipped Moisturizer With Ceramides by Drunk Elephant
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“This is soooo nourishing and moisturizing. The Protini moisturizer is also good, anything from this brand will do wonders for your skin! I use this especially when my skin is irritated and needs to be nourished.” Like in the midst of winter, perhaps? Lala Retro Whipped Moisturizer is every bit as moisturizing as this MIRA review says, packed with all your favorite nutrients to send dry patches on an extended holiday vacay. Lala Retro Whipped Moisturizer is infused with six African Oils to rejuvenate and intensely hydrate, along with a Plant Ceramide Complex to replenish the skin’s natural moisture barrier and defend against environmental stress. Did we mention that antioxidant-rich Green Tea soothes the skin and defends against early signs of aging? Soak up every inch of holiday spirit as this Drunk Elephant moisturizer keeps your skin flooded with moisture - guaranteeing that you never have to worry about dryness again.

Moisturizing Cream by CeraVe, $17

Moisturizing Cream by CeraVe
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Ceramides are a staple in the CeraVe skincare collection, with each and every product containing at least three essential ceramides to support your skin’s moisture barrier. Goodbye, dry winter skin! Moisturizing Cream is just that, moisturizing, thanks to a blend of hydrating and healthy ingredients. Ceramides and Cholesterol work together to restore and maintain the skin’s moisture barrier - not only providing a moisture surge, but helping to seal in hydration and prevent skin aging. Simple yet powerful, this cream will keep the dryness away even on the most chilly of days, and it even features hydration hero Hyaluronic Acid to deliver intense moisture into the skin. What do Ceramides, Cholesterol, and HA have in common? Each one is naturally created within the body, making it safe for all skin types, and keeps your complexion fresh and flooded with moisture for days. Snow days, that is. 97% of MIRA guests with dry skin love this hydrating skincare product, while 98% report that it’s lightweight and 95% noticed a significant reduction in redness.


Redness Solutions Redness Regimen by Clinique, $53

Redness Solutions Redness Regimen by Clinique
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Why have just one treatment for winter redness when you can have three? Especially when they’re from one of the most famous beauty brands on the planet that know your skin inside and out. Redness Solutions Redness Regimen is specially designed to treat red and sensitive skin, which is common during the winter season. The lack of moisture in the air can be especially brutal for those with eczema, rosacea, or psoriasis (like Jonathan Van Ness)... as it causes flare-ups that result in both irritation and inflammation. Redness Solutions by Clinique has you covered. This set features the Soothing Cleanser to rinse away makeup and calm your complexion, Daily Protective Base to correct visible redness and protect with SPF, and the Daily Relief Cream to add hydration. Each product is gentle on your skin and works to prevent and reduce the worst flare-ups, making it a must-have as we enter the colder months. 93% of MIRA guests report that these products are effective at reducing redness, while 90% agree that it’s hydrating.

Bye Bye Redness Neutralizing Correcting Cream by IT Cosmetics, $34

Bye Bye Redness Neutralizing Correcting Cream by IT Cosmetics
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Makeup and skincare collide with one of the best treatments for seasonal redness, ever. Bye Bye Redness is a creamy formula that calms your complexion and cancels out redness, all while providing flawless color coverage for your face. This treatment has top MIRA ratings for being gentle and lightweight, and contains every hero skincare ingredient for soothing even the most sensitive skin. But first, let’s start with colloidal oatmeal. This sensitive skin savior contains cellulose and fiber for anti-inflammatory properties, working to reduce redness while moisturizing, softening, and smoothing out your skin. It works even better alongside other powerful ingredients like Avocado Oil, Aloe, Peptides and Green Tea… giving you the cool, calm, and collected look you deserve for the holidays.

Chapped Lips

Keep It Sweet Sugar Lip Scrub by Milani, $10

Keep It Sweet Sugar Lip Scrub by Milani
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Chapped lips are the worst, and lip balm isn’t always going to be enough during the colder months. The best way to soothe a dry pout is with an exfoliating scrub, like the Keep It Sweet Sugar Lip Scrub by Milani! It contains natural sugar granules to sweep away flakiness and soften the delicate skin on your lips, keeping them nourished and always smoochable. Also, definitely ready for the red lipstick you’ll be rocking at the virtual holiday party. Use this scrub two or three times each week to gently exfoliate and create a smooth canvas for your holiday makeup looks.

Green Tea Hydrating Lip Sleeping Mask by innisfree, $16

Green Tea Hydrating Lip Sleeping Mask by innisfree
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Green Tea is one of the best skincare ingredients, ever. It moisturizes, nourishes, and soothes to leave your skin feeling flawless - even the fragile and glandless skin on your lips. Green Tea Hydrating Lip Sleeping Mask is an overnight essential that makes the most of this antioxidant - helping your pout retain moisture when it needs it the most. And while you’re used to reapplying lip balm about a million times throughout the day, that will never be the case with this innisfree mask. You simply apply it before bed, and wake up to hydrated lips with a healthy dose of color. Perfect for a casual day in Zoom history class!

CBD Infused Lip Balm by Vertly, $22

CBD Infused Lip Balm by Vertly
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To all the lip balm collectors out there, this one's for you. CBD skin care is frequently used to reduce irritation and moisturize - two things you’ll need in the winter, especially on the lips. Infused Lip Balm by Vertly contains a hemp-derived cannabinoid extract to soften and smooth your pout in a new way, one that will make you want to buy like, 4 more to put in your friend’s stockings. This product also contains nourishing ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, cacao butter, kokum butter and jojoba oil to keep your pout hydrated and protected all throughout winter.

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