Winter is just around the corner (can you believe it?!) and with a change in the weather, you’ll also notice a change in your skin. Almost everyone’s skin gets dryer in the cold, winter months. Part of it’s the freezing weather, and the frequent running of heaters and wood stoves and fireplaces is another factor.
Because of that, you’ve got to make sure to protect your skin in cold weather just as much as you do in warm, sunny weather. Here are 5 important tips for Winter skincare that will help keep your skin smooth and looking fresh:
I cannot stress enough how important this is! You need a good day cream to protect and nourish your skin from the harsh elements. There are many, many choices out there. You need to decide what concerns you have about your skin and then find a day cream that addresses those concerns. (Such as skin radiance, or anti-aging properties) A great basic moisturizer is Clarins HydraQuench Cream (with SPF 15). It’s super moisturizing without being greasy and keeps your skin healthy and radiant.
Tip If you normally use a lotion formula for your day moisturizer, you may want to switch to a cream formula for winter. Creams are a bit richer and feel better on your dry skin. Most cosmetic companies offer both a cream and lotion, the results are the same but the cream has a thicker texture.
So now we know that we need a day cream to hydrate and protect your skin, right? Well you need a good night cream to help restore, repair, and de-stress your skin as well as moisturize. Again, it’s up to you what other skincare concerns you want to address. I really like Clarins Multi-Active Night Youth Recovery Cream for Normal to Combination Skin. (Whew! What a name!) It’s not too heavy or greasy, and when I wake up my skin is refreshed and my lines and wrinkles are visibly diminished.
Even though the hot, sunny days of Summer are gone, It’s still important to protect your skin… especially from those pesky UVA rays. Those are the rays that cause the most damage to your skin, including skin cancer! And they’re out all day, everyday, even on cloudy, overcast days! So even when the sun’s not shining, you still really need to wear your SPF (Sun Protection Factor), at least a 15, for everyday running around and higher if you’re going to be outside a long time.
Tip Try to find either a day cream, or foundation with an SPF built in already. It’s quite common now a days so you should have no problem finding one, or both. This will eliminate the need of applying one more product in the morning and save you time as well as give you peace of mind for protecting your skin!
Sometimes, especially when it’s super cold, your regular moisturizers just aren’t enough. What to do? Well get a really good hydrating mask. It will help to put the moisture back in your skin and keep it looking radiant. My all time favorite is the Laura Mercier Intensive Moisture Mask. It moisturizes and firms and brightens my skin and is also enriched with antioxidants.
For some reason, lips are one of the first features that are effected by the cold weather. Dry, cracked, chapped lips are no fun, so it’s really important to keep them moisturized and protected. I always have to have something on my lips, and I can not live without my Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick with SPF 15. I always have one on me and wear it alone, to bed, and even under my regular lipstick!
So there you have it, my little snow bunnies! Keep those beautiful faces moisturized and protected from Old Man Winter’s harsh weather. It’s so important to take care of your face with an effective Winter skincare routine… after all, it’s the only one you’ve got!
Everyone wants to have good skin, right? But what about radiant, glowing, fresh and healthy skin? (I can almost hear a resounding “Um, yes please!”) So how do you get it? Well, my darlings, you’ll have to put a little effort into it and have a bit of patience, but believe me, you can do it! Here’s how…
There are makeup products out there that can give your skin an extra glow, (as mentioned in my blog post “Finding & Applying Highlighter Makeup“) but to truly have radiant, glowing skin, you need to start with the skin itself. The real secret behind radiant, glowing skin is adopting a consistent skincare routine. I cannot stress enough the importance of a good skincare routine. You need to cleanse, treat and moisturize your skin EVERY DAY! As well as wear a sunscreen!! I also recommend using a facial mask and/or a facial scrub at least once a week for help with exfoliation and clarifying your skin.
Let me quickly explain why the skincare part is so important. What do you think makes your skin dull? Dirt (naturally), oil, and the biggest culprit… dry skin. Blech! So it only makes sense that to have that radiant, glowing skin I’m talking about, you need to not only cleanse, but to moisturize and exfoliate (or remove) the dry, dead skin cells. And during this time of the year, it’s especially important to pay attention to exfoliation since the cold weather can dry out your skin.
To get a good scrub on, you’re going to want to use the right tools; specifically facial masks and scrubs. Here are a few of my favorites:
Tip Make sure not to exceed the recommended usage on the masks or scrubs. Going overboard with them can irritate your skin and wind up doing more harm than good. Most of them recommend no more than twice a week, but check the product packaging for specific details on each item.
OK kids, that’s the big secret revealed: a consistent skincare routine. It won’t happen overnight, but if you’re a good girl (or boy) and keep up on your skincare (and especially exfoliation), you will have radiant, glowing skin.