Winter is a trying time for our skin. The cold leads to redness and dry skin and cranking up the heat indoors dries out the skin as well. The constant back in forth drains all the brightness and glow from our faces. Not to mention the crummy weather doesn’t make us feel that great either. So i’ve come up with some simple ways to keep your skin looking refreshed and beautiful!
This is pretty simple and should be something you do everyday. During the winter you can try and find a thicker cream or a moisturizer with extra benefits such as SPF. You can also use oils on the face to add moisture back into the skin. Oils like avacado, primrose and almond are good choices. They don’t clog pores and gives a nice fresh feel to the face. I use E.l.f’s Daily Moisture Stick that has a variety of these oils. It’s also in a stick so it has easy application. I’ve also started using Yes To: Cucumber Calming Night Cream. Putting Moisturizer on at night after a shower can help retain moisture and prep your skin for the next day.
Exfoliating is another thing you should do every day, or if your skin is rather sensitive, 2-3 times a week. Over time if you don’t regularly exfoliate it can cause build up of dead skin cells which can lead to acne, irritation, and products won’t absorb properly into the skin. Exfoliating also helps your skin look fresh and revitalized. Physical exfoliants use small particles to scrub away at the skin. People with more sensitive skin should use product that have smaller particles like a sugar scrub. The larger the particles the more harsh it will be on the face. Scrubs can be made from a variety of things such as ground coffee, oatmeal, nut shells, fruit, beans, sugar and baking soda. The best ingredients are oatmeal (helps soften the skin), baking soda, and cornmeal (helps moisturize). I use Equate’s Apricot scrub which has walnut shells, cornmeal (I think), and apricots. I’ve also used the St. Ives Oatmeal scrub which leaves the skin nice and soft.
3. Continue with your normal routines
If you already exfoliate and moisturize that’s great! Keep doing that! But during the winter you might want to bump it up a bit. Use SPF even though it’s dreary outside. Your skin still needs protection from the sun. Try using eye creams and even some face creams to keep away fine lines and make sure each part of your face gets a healthy dose of moisture. Moisturizing is key during these harsh winter months.
4. Make a certain feature stand out
Now might be a good time to try a few pops of color in your makeup. Bright colors can add a glow to your skin and bring a little light in the gloomy weather. Try brighter lipsticks like oranges or pastels, or perhaps even a bright shade of pink if you’re uncomfortable with extreme pops of color. Choose to make your eyes look wide and alert. Add extra coats of mascara and use a nude or white eyeliner on the waterline to make your eyes appear wider. Bringing attention to a certain feature on your face will make it stand out.
5. Make sure your hair gets love too
Just like your face needs moisture so does your hair. It might be good to cut back on washing your hair (for example if you wash your hair every other day you might want to let your hair breathe an extra day or two before washing again) and focus more on conditioning. Add oils such as argan or coconut to the ends of your hair so they stay hydrated and don’t split. Don’t go out with wet hair while it’s snowing either (this will get you sick) and make sure you wear a hat so the snow doesn’t fall on your hair. Letting the snow soak your hair through and going the whole day with damp/moist hair will not only get you sick but also not give you the hairstyle you want to achieve. It also sucks if you spent time on your hair only to have it deflate thanks to the snow.
Bonus Tip: If you skin isn’t too oily and holds dewy finishes well try a dewy highlight our a dewy foundation. I know Maybelline’s Fit Me Foundation has a matte and poreless option as well as a dewy finish. This will also help add some glow to your skin. You can even try a light shimmering or glittery highlighter on the cheeks. Just don’t go out looking like a disco ball!
Hope these tips were helpful. Stay warm these next few months (unless you live in Australia or NZ where it’s summer or a warm place like Florida or California) and make sure you stay nice and moisturized!