Multi-Moisturizing Can Help Revive Your Winter Skin: An Esthetician Explains 

mbg Associate Editor By Jamie Schneider
mbg Associate Editor
Jamie Schneider is the Associate Editor at mindbodygreen, covering beauty and health. She has a B.A. in Organizational Studies and English from the University of Michigan, and her work has appeared in Coveteur, The Chill Times, and Wyld Skincare.
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Considering your skin fluctuates throughout the seasons (i.e., dryness during brittle winter; slicker skin during warmer months), you might have a few trusted formulas to swap in and out of your routine. It's a bit nuanced depending on your true skin type, but generally: Denser products are fit for dry, winter skin while keeping things lightweight is a warm-weather must. Oftentimes, though, that transition period is a lot more complicated—you don't just wake up one morning with an oily complexion after months of winter-chapped skin. 

The solution? A skin care hack experts swear by: multi-moisturizing. As medical esthetician and celebrity makeup artist Tiffany Lee tells us during a virtual workshop with mbg and Burt's Bees, it's a game-changer for balanced, glowing skin. 

Why you should multi-moisturize. 

Your skin is a complex organ—it contains multiple layers, does a variety of functions, and it's home to trillions of microorganisms, after all. And just as you have different species of bacteria spanning across your entire face, you also have varying levels of hydration and sebum. Point being: The skin on your cheeks might not have the same needs as the skin around your nose, even though they live side by side. 

It's similar to why you might dabble in multi-masking—where you apply multiple masks to target different regions of your skin. You're treating the areas that need more hydration with soothing formulas, the areas prone to clogged pores with oil-absorbing clays and exfoliators. With moisturizers, it's the same deal: Pay attention to what different areas of your skin actually need and "Play around with different textures," Lee notes. 

So as spring teases us with a glimmer of warmer weather, multi-moisturizing is a great tool to transition between the seasons. Says Lee, "If you're still dealing with dry skin from the winter season, you can put it on areas that are really affected." Massage in a rich moisturizer on chapped areas (around the nose and under the eyes are common winter-afflicted spots) and a gel or water cream on places that typically run oily, like along the T-zone. That way, every portion of your skin has just the right amount of moisture. 

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The takeaway.

Take inventory of your skin: If you notice some lingering dry patches, feel free to apply a thicker moisturizer on those chapped areas, a lightweight cream on oilier regions. It's a trick experts swear by for combination skin, but it works for everyone as we transition to warmer weather.

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