Cleansing Rx: When the seasons change, it can seem like your skin has multiple personalities (dry one day, oily the next). Interestingly, your skin doesn’t actually pump out more oil this time of year, but the oil on your face becomes more fluid so you see and feel it more, says Leslie Baumann, MD, a dermatologist in Miami Beach, Florida. "If you were using a milky or creamy cleanser all winter, now’s the time to switch to a foaming or gel-based washsomething that has a bit of oil control to it," Dr. Baumann says. One to try: Benefit Foamingly Clean Facial Wash ($21; benefitcosmetics.com).
Overdo the cleansing, though, and you could end up stripping healthy fatty acids that protect the skin’s surface. A good guideline: If you’re very oily, use an oil-controlling wash twice a day. But if you’re only somewhat oily, switch to a foaming wash in the morning (to curb daytime shine), and use your creamy cleanser at night (to keep your skin soft).
"My hair looks flat and dull."
Give your strands a boost by switching up your routine. Once a month, lift impurities from roots to tips with Redken Nature Rescue Refining Sea Polish ($19; redken.com), a pumice-enriched exfoliator that restores shine. Apply it to clean strands so it (gently!) scrubs your hair’s surface. Leave it on for a minute, then rinse.
Once a week, wash with a clarifying shampoo (the cleaner your hair, the better your blow-dry will look). We like John Frieda Luxurious Volume Clarifying Shampoo ($7; drugstores). Finally, consider switching up your go-to shampoo and conditioner. "Over time, hair does become immune to products," says Alan Gold, creative director of The Haig & Co. Salon in Philadelphia. A change can make your strands look shinier and healthier.