10 Winter Skin-Care Tips Every Angeleno Should Know

In L.A., the most common shifts are of the tectonic variety, not temps. And although seasons are basically non-existent, it's important for Angelenos to be proactive in the skin-care department. We may not endure the bitter winds that the NorCal folks face, but we still feel the effect of winter — especially on our mugs.
Rather than relying on the good 'ol guess-and-check method, we made sure to tap expert esthetician Renée Rouleau for solid advice while she was in town. With 25 years in the biz, Rouleau is known for giving Hollywood flawless-looking skin and unparalleled treatments. She's a firm believer in the fact that one size does not fit all and not everyone falls into the dry, normal, or oily categories that so many beauty companies sell to their customers. When we asked Rouleau why us L.A. dwellers need to fine-tune their routine come fall, her answer was simple: "As it gets colder, less natural oils are being secreted from the skin. You need to ensure the skin stays moist, plump, and hydrated during this time."
Sure, we get that moisturizer is a must-have, but we made sure Rouleau dished on the products that'll deliver the best results. And, in addition to beauty counter purchases, the skin guru gave us a grocery list of items that'll maximize impact. Yep, it apparently takes more than a stocked medicine cabinet to cure those winter woes!
Isn't it about time you stopped ignoring your pores? Peruse Rouleau's picks and get ready to rethink the way you show face in the City of Angels.
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"In the winter, L.A. women need to be sure that they are using a low-foaming, gentle, sulfate-free cleanser to wash their skin. This means using a cleanser free of sodium lauryl sulfate or ammonium laureth sulfate. These are commonly used detergents in cleansers that can strip moisture and dehydrate the skin. In winter, it's all about keeping moisture in the skin, so making sure to use a cleanser that won't unnecessarily dry out the skin is important."

Renée Rouleau Gentle Gel Cleanser, $35.50, available at Renée Rouleau.
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"Get your beauty rest — if you stay up past your usual bedtime, chances are you’ll be yawning more. When you yawn, the act encourages your eyes to water, which creates swelling and puffiness. Excessive yawning is actually the equivalent to crying during a sad movie because of the fluids it creates. So, before you stay up past your bedtime to watch that last show or to read just one more chapter, consider the side effects. It’s called beauty sleep for a reason."

Henri Bendel Chic & Chilly Cooling Eye Mask, $28, available at Henri Bendel.
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"You must wear sunscreen, even in the winter. The wrinkle-causing rays you get from daylight are equally strong from summer to winter and can penetrate through windows in your car, home, or office. Be sure to look for formulas that offer both UVA and UVB protection so you’re sure to block out both harmful rays."

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50+, $39, available at Nordstrom.
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"These great little packages of green contain something called glutathione, one of the body’s master antioxidants. They're great for anti-aging."

FreshDirect Hass Avocado, $2.49, available at FreshDirect.
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"I suggest you drink lots of water as it will help with undereye puffiness. Both eating high-sodium foods and not drinking an adequate amount of water will definitely cause you to retain excess fluids around the eyes and experience more than normal undereye puffiness."

Move Collective Bobble Water Bottle, $9.99, available at Bloomingdale's.
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"Everyone should be using a skin serum underneath their moisturizer during the winter. Serum has a higher concentration of active ingredients, and usually comes in a gel or creamy-gel form and is meant for use under a moisturizer or mask. Serums should be used in the winter to increase the results with your basic products. They are also very beneficial for giving your skin extra hydration when it needs a boost of moisture."

Renée Rouleau Bio Radiance Night Serum, $47.50, available at Renée Rouleau.
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"Always wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect yourself from harmful rays! It will shield your face from the sun and therefore help avoid sun damage."

Maison Michel Fara Felt Wide Brimmed Hat, $455.28, available at FarFetch.
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"A good, well-formulated moisturizer is another product essential for winter. Finding the right moisturizer to hydrate dry skin lies in the ingredients used in the formula — ones that actually repair the lipid moisture barrier in the skin and prevent transepidermal water loss. There have been many breakthroughs in the science of moisture retention and it all comes down to choosing the right ingredients."

Burt's Bees Sensitive Daily Moisturizing Skin Cream, $15.49, available at Walgreens.
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"The best fish to eat are cold-water fish — this includes sardines, tuna, mackerel, cod, herring, and trout. All of these have the best essential fats for smoother, more moisturized skin, increased energy, and improved immunity and all are very beneficial for your heart."

FreshDirect Local Ocean Farm-Raised Royal Dorade, $8.99, available at FreshDirect.
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"To repair dry, flaky skin, look for emollient barrier-repair ingredients when choosing a moisturizer. These ingredients will correct both the lack of oil and lack of hydration deep within your skin and actually repair the skin’s lipid moisture barrier to make your skin moist, supple, and smooth. It’s a fact that hydrated skin is healthy skin, so start looking at your ingredient labels to find the perfect moisturizer."

Renée Rouleau Glow Enhancing Cream, $69.50, available at Renée Rouleau.