The New Year is still in its infancy and we’ve already scratched our pledge to not binge watch a certain true crime Netflix series the night before a blog assignment is due. Fortunately, we are holding strong to our other commitment to declutter the beauty drawer and simplify our total skin care routine.

Even if you’re not a fan or follower of lifestyle resolutions, detoxes, or diets, this is a great time of the year for all skin types to take a break from the bad and start fresh with a Gentle regimen of clean, natural formulas proven to rehydrate and revive stressed skin. To get started, we recommend first assessing your entire collection of lotions and potions and eliminate anything expired, trash everything toxic, and donate or gift the unopened duplicates. Next, take a good look at your skin and using the following six skin care tips, make room for a winter 2016 skin care transformation. 

  1. Keep it Simple

When making the change to clean, toxin-free skin care, start by paring down the number of products to the basic essentials. The new MyChelle Gentle Cleansing Wash ($16/4.2 fl. oz.) and Gentle Day Cream ($28/1.2 fl. oz.) are a fragrance-free duo formulated with our patented DermaCalm ComplexTM, a mild combination of Blue Daisy and French Oak Extract to effectively fortify, nourish, and restore moisture to even extremely sensitive skin. Begin by using the cleansing wash and cream daily along with an unscented physical sunscreen in the morning. If the products are well tolerated, slowly incorporate the following targeted treatments into a consistent, cold-weather routine.

  1. Exfoliate to Illuminate

Gentle exfoliation 2-3 times per week is one of the most effective ways to prevent dryness and erase dullness. A multi-tasking exfoliator will effectively remove dead surface skin cells, make-up, and other impurities allowing serums and moisturizers to penetrate more effectively for a brighter, more balanced complexion.

  1. Maximize Hydration

Indulge skin throughout the winter season with a restorative treatment mask to help replace moisture. Apply across the face, neck, and décolletage 2-3 times per week after cleansing and before layering serums to achieve a radiant, healthy glow. 

  1. Optimize Skin Health

When dry skin conditions are at their worst, the addition of a facial serum—or two—can revitalize sallow, undernourished skin. These highly concentrated formulas penetrate deep into the skin to deliver potent ingredients. Serums can be mixed, matched, and layered 60-90 seconds apart for more dramatic, lasting results.

  1. Rejuvenate Overnight

When a full night of sleep isn’t possible, skin requires additional relief to activate the repair and renewal process that restores hydration and eliminates toxins. Without, the resulting moisture imbalance reveals itself in the form of puffy eyes, dark circles, and more prominent fine lines and wrinkles.

  1. Target the Eyes

If skin is generally dry during the winter months, chances are the delicate under eye skin also is dehydrated. Because extreme dryness exacerbates early signs of aging, a targeted eye treatment is recommended day, night, and anytime in between.

Once you’ve successfully established and perfected a new cold-weather skin care routine, you may find yourself ready for a new challenge. Here are a few trending cleanses that have our attention, at least until the next hit TV series finds its way into our DVR: