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December 29, 2010 @ 12:20 pm

The Skin Takes a Beating in the Winter


Cosmetic chemist and research executive Ron Robinson. He is also a resident beauty expert for Allure Magazine nd joins the show to discuss how to care for your skin during the winter season.

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Ron Robinson has developed beauty products for Clinique, Estee Lauder, Revlon, Avon and Lancome. He has been featured in Womens Wear Daily, Self Magazine, Womens Health Magazine, Los Angeles Times and CBS News. He is also a resident beauty expert for Allure Magazine. Ron is the founder of the #1 beauty community on Facebook called with over 30,000 highly engaged and influential beauty consumers.


Transcript of Interview with Ron Robinson

Eric Michaels: It seems the texture of my skin changes during the winter, What is that?

Ron Robinson: There’s no question: the skin takes a beating in the winter. It gets dehydrated and thereby makes you loose suppleness and elasticity. This issue is exacerbated by the fact that we spend a lot of time indoors where the air is very dry.

Eric Michaels: What does my skin seem to be more sensitive during this time of year?

Ron Robinson: During the winter, sensitive skin is particularly vulnerable to loss of its natural barrier protection. It can become itchy and red quite frequently.

Eric Michaels: What about acne-prone skin and large pores?

Ron Robinson: If you are concerned about acne, large pores or rough texture, remember that your skin's natural exfoliation cycle slows down during colder months, leading to clogged pores and breakouts. So regular exfoliation using a facial scrub is important during this time of year.

Eric Michaels: Why is sunscreen so important during the winter? I thought it to be more crucial during the beach season. Ron Robinson: Yes, Sunscreen is important year round.  The sun's rays reflect off the snow and ice and can become as intense as in the summer months.  So wear sunscreen everyday.

Eric Michaels: As an expert, what would you suggest as the 5 essential rules to follow during the winter season? Ron Robinson: Actually, I have 6 recommendations:

  • 1) Moisturize daily.  Apply up to two to three times a day as needed.
  • 2) Exfoliate at least once a week.  Be gentle especially if you have sensitive skin.
  • 3) Keep showers short and warm. Long, hot showers strip the natural oils from you skin. You should spend no more than ten minutes in the shower.
  • 4) Apply SPF 15 (at least) sunscreen everyday.
  • 5) Consider using a humidifier in your home.  Indoor heaters can reduce the humidity to less than ten percent.  To counter this, place a humidifier in the room in which you spend the most time.
  • 6) Stay hydrated.  Drinking adequate amounts of water benefits your overall health and helps hydrate your skin from within.

Eric Michaels: One last question: With so many products on the market, it can get very confusing what is right for the consumer to choose from, how do we know what is the right product for ones skin type? Ron Robinson: This is a common concern. Me and my team have found a great way to diagnose your skin and it's FREE. It's called Crystalize. Crystalize is an innovative skin imaging service that provides better knowledge about your unique skin, enabling you to make smarter choices about products to use, and can help you to achieve more beautiful skin.  You can now visit a Duane Reade Look Boutique for your complementary, objective Crystalize consultation, and upload your own skin secret by January 24th for a chance to win a $200 personalized skincare regimen. Or visit

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