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How to Revive Your Complexion After a Dry, Cold Winter

February feels like the final stretch of the winter marathon, and it shows through the skin’s complexion. My skin just kind of lies there, wishing it were in Bermuda. But it's not a lost cause. Here are some quick tricks to snap your complexion back to vibrancy.

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Trick #1: Layer Your Treatments.

You should have a moisturizing mask you use during the winter months, a couple times a week. Sometimes, it’s just not enough, or you want to add some extra oomph. That's when you should reach for a serum -- the active ingredients help to refresh your skin, while intensifying the moisture-mask treatment. Apply a thin layer of serum to your face, and apply the moisture mask on top of the serum. Leave on for 30 – 45 minutes, or all night, depending on the type of moisture mask.

Trick #2: Be Efficient.

Try incorporating the clarifying effects of a clay mask, like the Clark’s Botanicals Intense Radiance Mask, while eating breakfast in the morning, and rinse it off in the shower. You’ll look radiant all day.

 

If you don't have clay, you can try milk of magnesia on the face. Just apply it like a mask, and let dry.

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Trick #3: Exfoliate, but Gently.

When our Clark’s Botanicals customers use their Clarisonic brushes, they like to pair it with a calming cleanser, like our Soothing Herbal Face Wash -- that way, they get a gentle exfoliation without being overly aggressive. It’s also great for removing makeup. Just don’t go overboard, otherwise your face might look too raw.

 

I also recommend a one-step approach to exfoliation. If you use an exfoliating cleanser, then let the ingredients work, and don’t use it with a face brush at all.

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About the Author

Francesco Clark

Francesco Clark is the founder of Clark’s Botanicals, a botanically based skin-care line that came out of tragedy when Francesco, who then worked at "Harper's Bazaar," suffered a crippling spinal cord injury in a swimming pool diving accident on June 1, 2002. With his central nervous system impaired, Francesco lost the ability not only to walk, but even to sweat. This led to clogged...

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