Chapped lips, flyaway hair, dry skin, cracked elbows — Southern California winters may be mild, but they still cause beauty problems.
"Independent of where you live, your skincare regimen needs to change with the seasons," says Dr. Ava Shamban, a dermatologist and author of "Heal Your Skin," a book that lays out regimens for improving complexions.
"The most common complaint people have about their skincare in the winter is that it's no longer doing its job," she says.
FOR THE RECORD:
Beauty products: An article in the Jan. 27 Image section about beauty products for winter said that Wakaya Perfection can be combined with other ingredients to become a facial scrub. The combination becomes a body scrub. —
Experts say that just as the contents of a wardrobe shift to accommodate the change in weather, so should what's on the bathroom shelf. Making it easier, many beauty lines have unveiled specific seasonal products — lipid-rich creams, hydrating serums and nourishing lip salves.
Some of the new products serve multiple purposes. Garnier's Triple Nutrition Miracle Dry Oil ($5.99) works on hair, face and body, using fruit oils to soften dry skin and take care of frizzy hair. LeAine Dehmer Clinical Skin Care's 14-Day Recovery Balme ($125 to $395) has ginseng and lotus for lips, hands, elbows and cuticles. Derma E's Skin Cracked Skin Relief Creme, $13.50, contains bay leaf oil, clove, arnica and aloe vera for allover use.
Here are some other products designed to perk up winter-weary looks.
For an instant lift to flat hair, try got2b Powder'ful's volumizing styling powder ($5.99).
Fight frizz with Rusk Designer Collection's W8Less Multi 12-in-1 Miracle Leave-In Treatment ($4.95 to $14).
Verb Ghost Oil uses argan and moringa oils to prevent breakage ($14).
Black cumin seeds and soy amino acids in glo-essentials' Moisture Enhance Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner lock in moisture ($25 to $27).
Nexxus Hydra-Light's new range of products moisturize hair without silicones ($9.99 to $14.99).
Volume from Brazilian Blowout is a four-product collection that plumps and conditions flyaway hair ($28 to $38).
Modena Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner from Borghese has vitamin B5 and aloe to add life to winter-worn tresses ($13).
Tata Harper's new Lip Treatments contain lavender, comfrey and acai oil to keep lips nourished ($24 to $28).
First Aid Beauty's Ultra Repair Lip Therapy has colloidal oatmeal and antioxidants to nourish, moisturize and protect ($12).
Lush's fun new Popcorn Lip Scrub exfoliates dry skin on the lips with sugar and salt ($8.95).
Honey-Myrrh Lip Repair from Osmia Organics is a rich, fragrant salve meant to heal cracked lips ($22).
Beauty cultists have discovered Wakaya Perfection, a potent organic Fijian ginger powder, that can be combined with lime and geranium oil, crystallized sugar and coconut oil for a restorative facial scrub ($24).
Banish dry patches with an at-home facial using Michael Todd True Organics Avocado and Mango Mask ($34).
Hydrate, new from Obagi Medical, moisturizes with shea and mango butters and avocado ($45).
Arcona's Overnight Cellular Repair Cream has jojoba and raspberry leaf wax to deeply nourish the skin ($58).
Vitamin E and copper complex are among the ingredients in Airelle's Berrimatrix Intense Repair Complex, designed to rescue very dry skin ($116).
Sun protection remains an important consideration, even in cooler months. La Roche-Posay's Roaliac UV cream also guards against redness and irritation ($37.95).
Serums are crucial to the season, too. Joanna Vargas' Daily Serum ($85) has clorophyllin-copper that protects against harsh environmental factors while moisturizing, brightening and toning skin ($85).
For the dry under eye area, ReVive's Intensite Les Yeux is packed with peptides to moisturize and repair tissue ($190).
Goldfaden MD Doctor's Scrub with ruby crystals buffs away dead cells and flaky skin ($80).
Hands, Feet and Body
Hand & Nail Repair Cream from GM Collin uses botanicals to soothe chapped hands and cuticles ($24).
The popular Yes To line has a range of Super Rich Body Butters loaded with Dead Sea minerals and beta carotene to moisturize and nourish skin ($12.99).
Dermelect Runway Ready Luxury Foot Treatment uses argan oil, arnica and hyaluronic acid for cracked soles ($25).
[For the record, 2 p.m. Jan. 28: This post incorrectly states that Wakaya Perfection can be combined with other ingredients to become a facial scrub. Actually, the combination becomes a body scrub.]