How to Winterize Your Pre-Wedding Skincare Regimen

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Winter brides might not have to worry about frizzy hair and melting makeup, but those getting married in cold climates have their own beauty emergencies to conquer — like skin flaking and makeup caking. "In the winter, everyone should use a moisturizer and sunscreen," says New Jersey Dermatologist Jeanine Downie. "If you don't moisturize, your skin can overcompensate and produce more oil." Here, how to amp up your routine.

If you have oily skin:
1. Put away your benzoyl peroxide cleanser and switch to a gentle one, like CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser, which eradicates oil while protecting the skin's barrier. If you need something to fight acne, Downie recommends Benzac, an over-the-counter regimen that launches at the end of the month. It consists of a cleanser, treatment, and moisturizer, all of which contain blemish-busting ingredients like salicylic acid (which is less drying than benzoyl peroxide) and East Indian sandalwood oil. "Mineral oils can clog your pores, but this natural oil will not," Downie says. It soothes, hydrates, and has antibacterial properties to prevent breakouts.

2. Downie doesn't usually recommend toners since they strip the skin of natural oils, which stimulates more oil production. If you can't part with yours, make sure it doesn't contain drying alcohol. She likes Dior Gentle Toning Lotion with Velvet Peony Extract.

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3. If you're a retinoid devotee, use it every other night. (And apply only a pea-sized amount — that's all you need for your whole face!) You can also switch to a less-irritating, cream-based retinol. Downie likes RoC Retinol Correxion Sensitive Night Cream.

4. To allow the retinoid to thoroughly absorb into your skin, wait 10 minutes and finish with a moisturizer that contains glycerin, which hydrates without clogging your pores. We like Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15.

If you have dry skin:
1. There is an upside to having dry skin during the winter: you know what you need to do — just do more of it! Start with a soap-free, non-foaming cleanser or milk, such as Avene Antirougeurs Redness Relief Dermo-Cleansing Milk, and take warm, short showers. Hot water melts away natural moisture in your skin, says New York Dermatologist Janet Prystowsky.

2. Apply moisturizer when your skin is still damp so it penetrates better. Look for one that contains Shea butter and ceramides, which leave the skin soft and supple without greasy residue, says Washington D.C.-based dermatologist Elizabeth Tanzi. She recommends Eucerin Smoothing Repair Dry Skin Lotion.

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3. Have a shiny nose and dry cheeks? Try skipping the moisturizer on your T-zone and use only sunscreen.

4. When you're going outside, layer your cheeks, nose, chin, and lips with an ointment like Vaseline or Aquaphor. (Avoid medicated lip balms, as your lips can become "addicted" to them, Prystowsky says.)

5. To ensure your complexion stays hydrated, drink two extra glasses of water and sleep with a humidifier at night when the air tends to be drier.

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