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You have to be pretty thick-skinned to deal with Chicago's climate. Welcome to our new series Skin Deep, which offers skincare-salvation tips from local pros.
Photo: Courtesy of Denise Provenzano
When wintertime rolls around in Chicago, we're always eager (read: desperate) to stop the onslaught of dry lips, irritated skin—you know, all the fun stuff that comes with living in the Midwest. To get our cold-weather skincare routine in motion, we're calling local pros and asking them to recommend a skincare regimen to help us face off with Mother Nature.
Our first skincare rescue worker: Denise Provenzano, founder of Zano Salons & Spa, which has five locations (and countless glowing clients) in the Chicagoland area. Provenzano is quick to recommend the G.M. Collin skincare line, which—look at that—is the only line used in her spas.
"Chicagoland certainly has its winter challenges," she says. "The first effect is the artificial heat in our homes, cars, and workplace, which take a super drying toll on our skin. Add the cold wind and freezing temperatures, and what worked in July definitely needs some adjusting in November." Here's her suggestion for a winter routine.
- In the winter "it seems we see guests with more dry skin," Provenzano says. "Our go-to recommendation can be easy, focusing on hydrating the skin on a daily basis." One products that she calls "a must" is Hydramucine Cleansing Milk ($32), which you can us
- The Hydramucine Optimal Gel ($50), also "locks in moisture." This product can also be used twice a day, after cleansing.
- "You have to keep the skin exfoliated, and I love the new Active Exfoliant Powder ($39)," Provenzano says. "This can be used on all types of skin; it's so easy and fast to use, and you see the results instantly." You can use this product three-to-four tim
- We asked Provenzano to recommend a skin-friendly antidote to the season's festivities. She called out the G.M. Collin Radiant Eye Patches ($50), which "are perfect for the holiday season, which is often characterized by celebrations, extra work load and l