Let's be honest: Pasty isn't a good look. Good thing you can safely restore a head-to-toe glow when the sun goes into hiding.
Reveal Brighter, Softer Skin
Low humidity outside plus heat inside can leave skin dry and rough. Use a grain-based exfoliating body scrub in the shower to refine rough areas, says Laura Ann Conroy, a Bliss Spa massage therapist. Opt for a sugar-based formula like Bliss Blood Orange + White Pepper Sugar Scrub , which melts faster than salt and makes skin soft.
Get a Believable Bronze
Ditch dark self-tanning products and gel formulas for a gradual self-tanner lotion—like St. Tropez Gradual Tan Plus Firming 4 in 1 Body Lotion —which can make your complexion one to two shades darker after each use, says Sophie Evans, a St. Tropez self-tanning expert. Apply it before bed every three or four days.
For your glow to last, your skin needs to retain the hydration that freezing temps can strip away. Be liberal with a coconut oil–based moisturizer, which helps bind in H2O to leave your skin soft. "Apply it after your first shower post-self-tanning, and then at least once a day," says Conroy. TryAlba Botanica Natural Hawaiian Body Cream Nourishing Coconut Milk.
Go for Glimmer
Cream-based makeup—especially formulas containing vitamin E and green-tea extract—will calm and hydrate red, inflamed patches (or a Rudolph nose) caused by icy-cold winds, says Kate McCarthy, international makeup artist and brand manager for Glo Minerals. Try Laura Mercier Creme Cheek Colour in Rosebudfor soothing, vitamin-rich cheek protection and a pretty flush.
On holiday party nights, opt for a temporary bronzer cream that's just a shade or two darker than your skin tone, and rub it over all of your exposed parts. It offers a hit of hydration and will revive your faux tan. "Most wash off with soap and water, so it's perfect for achieving a quick glow without the weeklong commitment of a self-tanner," says Evans. We like Per-fekt Body Perfection Gel, which contains hyaluronic microspheres to make skin supple.
A tinted CC cream will give your face an instantly warm, flattering glow. TryOrigins Smarty Plants CC SPF 20 Skin Complexion Corrector for its light, color-correcting finish that combats aging with plant extracts.