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Inside the original Cos Bar store at 309 S. Galena St. in downtown Aspen.

Old Man Winter has finally arrived in town, bringing even drier air to altitude along with him. Cooler temperatures aside, day-to-day life in the mountains can take a more extreme toll on your skin, so we turned to longtime local and beauty industry legend Lily Garfield. As the founder of Cos Bar, which debuted in Aspen in 1976, Garfield marked a major milestone this summer with a grand 40th anniversary celebration. 

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A local newspaper photo of Garfield in the Aspen store in the 1970s.  

Today, the beloved luxury cosmetics emporium has 14 stores in 10 states and last year took on its first outside investor, Tengram Capital Partners, which aims to introduce some 50 stores and a refocus on e-commerce over the next few years. Now serving as Cos Bar's chief merchandising officer, Garfield is still on the hunt for new, exclusive, and hard-to-find lines, just as she was in the early days. Garfield was among the first independent retailers to discover the likes of La Mer, Clé de Peau Beauté, Laura Mercier, and Bobbi Brown, and has grown the Cos Bar portfolio into one of the poshest collections of beauty brands across the globe.

Garfield cites the “limited number of skincare products available to combat the climate conditions in the Rockies” as one of her inspirations to launch Cos Bar 40 years ago. Here (in no particular order), she shares her personal picks on how best to protect the face and body this season. They're on on the pricier end of the skincare spectrum, but when Garfield recommends a product, we listen! 

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1. Crème d'Olives, d'Olives 
"This cream is great, as it can be used 24 hours a day, year-round. It's especially effective at combating environmental stressors in the winter: it will hydrate wind-burned, parched skin and take the redness out. Both men and women love it." Exclusive to Cos Bar. $145

2. Black Rose Precious Face Oil, Sisley Paris
"This essential face oil leaves my skin soft and hydrated." $235

3. Revitalizing Body Oil, Tata Harper 
"Use this 100-percent natural, hydrating [and anti-aging] body oil right after the shower, while skin is slightly damp. Follow with La Mer body cream for extra moisture." $95  

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4. The Body Cream, La Mer
"The best of the best for super-rich effective mositure. We sell this in both a tube and a jar, so you can keep one at home and one for travel." $275 (jar), $195 (tube)  

5. Intensive Eye Contour Cream, Clé de Peau Beauté 
"This eye cream leaves the eye area very soft, cushy, and moisturized. You only need to use a tiny drop." $255

 6. Cellular Swiss UV Protection Veil Sunscreen SPF 50, La Prairie

'This is perfect for everyday use and is also great on-the-go so you can reapply on the mountain. Apply it as a film (like icing on a cake) and let it absorb. Do not rub it in." $185

Shop Lily's picks in town at Cos Bar Aspen, 309 S. Galena St., 970-925-6249, or online at cosbar.com. 

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