Look alive with these fuss-free, quick-and-easy techniques.

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While you may joke around the winter is sucking the life out of you, your skin cells don’t find it so funny.

Humidity, one of our region’s most renown exports, keeps skin looking naturally vivacious and moisturized, despite all the downsides like frizzy hair and sweaty walks to the mailbox. When it plummets, the first thing to go is your glow. Suddenly your face looks flat and matte, not in a good way. The secondary consequences make their way quickly after from rougher texture and redness to chapped lips and scaly patches.

Although it might seem only an aesthetician or a second credit card could fix it all, there are five easy ways to bring your skin out of its wintertime funk. As for your Seasonal Affective Disorder, only time will tell.

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Get Glycolic 

Gentle scrubs with a smattering of beads are no match for the build-up of dry, dead skin cells that accumulate during winter. Glycolic acid-fueled products are great for removing them and revealing the radiant skin you didn’t know you had underneath. Start out using pads soaked in a glycolic solution like Cane + Austin Retexture Pads or Nip + Fab’s Glycolic Extreme Fix Pads. While Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial isn’t for the faint of heart (your skin may peel for a couple days after the first time you use it), in just 20 minutes it can totally transform even the dullest of complexions.

Oil It Up 

Many fear face oils, especially if they have oily skin to begin with. But, plot twist, dry winter skin can aggravate it even more, making your skin occupy a cruel dichotomy of greasy yet parched. A face oil geared toward winter weather can not only keep skin moisturized longer, it will also balance your complexion so oil production slows down. Daughter of the Land’s Sage and Grass Deep Moisture Oil sinks it quickly and brightens up your face almost instantly.  

Start with Citrus 

Products with Vitamin C, which you associate with lemons and oranges, can give exfoliated skin the bright foundation it needs before you apply other skincare items or makeup. For just $6, The Ordinary’s Vitamin C Suspension illuminates just as well as more expensive products while giving skin a hydrated, juicy appearance by softening lines and wrinkles.