Did you know? Chilly temps require some tweaks to your standard routine for makeup, hair, and self care. Below are 10 tips to help you winterize your routine - no flaky dry skin, winter blues, or foundation lines here, puh-lease!
1) Switch your foundation (/tinted moisturizer/BB/or CC cream) to match your winter skin color
It's hard to tell that our skin color has changed much, if at all, between the fall and winter months. Fall still shows our skin with a hue of our summer shade, but by January, most people are several shades lighter. You should have a separate all-over foundation (or whatever your version of foundation) and even a separate shade of concealer for your wintery skin. Concealer should be your natural skin tone or 1-2 shades lighter, and your foundation color should blend flawlessly into your cheek as you test colors out. I would recommend a trip to your local Sephora or to your favorite beauty counter to try out some shades, or just go 1-2 shades lighter with your favorite go-to product.
2) Use a face cream/moisturizer, morning and evening
I would recommend the addition of a moisturizer, both in the morning and at night, during the coldest months of the year. I'm a lover of creamy moisturizers, but you don't have to use much. I dab some onto my fingers, and gently pat the moisturizer all over my neck and face. Try not to pull or rub it in too much - just pat until it feels even! If you do use a toner, serum, or oil after you wash your face, add the moisturizer after those steps, leaving 3-5 minutes in between steps (brush your teeth or go get some coffee in between!) I am currently loving Lacura's day and night creams - they work beautifully and don't break the bank!
3) Use only water to wash your face in the mornings
I have quickly changed from skeptic to believer on this one! Even the most gentle face washes and soaps can strip healthy oils (as well as unwanted oils) from our face. In the winter, our face needs all the healthy oils it can get, and our skin knows just what to do with them! If you strip too much of those oils, it can trigger the skin to overcompensate and produce even more oils, which, on top of dry or flaky skin, can create breakouts. Pimples + dry flaky face .... no thanks! Simply swap your "soap" step with water, then continue with serum and/or moisturizer from there.
4) Go for dewy instead of matte with your makeup
I love a dewy, hydrated look for winter! There is just something so healthful and fresh-faced about bouncy skin as opposed to a very flat finish. I would suggest using a liquid- or cream-based foundation/BB Cream/Tinted moisturizer, as well as a cream or liquid blush, and avoid using a powder on your face. I love to layer something shiny on top of my natural lip or a lip color for added dewiness! My go-to is Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream (Normal/Dry Skin - don't go for "oily skin" in the winter!) with Stila convertible lip/cheek color in Lillium, topped off with classic Carmex!
5) Lotion up your skin ASAP after washing up (hands, face, & body!)
There is a small, 4-minute window of time to lotion up after washing for optimal absorption of moisture! After 4 minutes, moisture begins to wick away from our skin, and whatever lotion you put on will not sink in as deeply. After I shower, I first put on my face serum, then cover my body with my favorite body lotion (Aveeno is my all time love!) including my back and the tops of my feet - the most neglected parts of the body! I will then go back and add moisturizer to my face from there. Keep a travel-sized lotion next to your kitchen sink and in your purse or car as well, to make sure your hands are cared for when you're not in your own bathroom.
6) Lips need love too.... please!
It doesn't take a long time of neglecting your lips for them to tell you they are angry! I keep a hydrating lip balm in several places - my bed side table, my "everything" drawer in the kitchen, my purse, and in my car. Overkill? I think not! I have a list of my everyday lip faves here (an oldie but a goodie!) Don't be afraid to layer these on top of a lipstick or stain for more color. And put some on right before bed, as our skin rejuvenates itself while we sleep!
7) Add a moisturizing face and hair mask to your routine
I would suggest a facial mask weekly, and a hair mask every two weeks. My favorite moisturizing face mask is a VERY simple DIY - honey! I go for a local, organic honey, and spread about a tablespoon all over my face (after cleaning, before moisturizing.) If you are prone to acne or have acne scars, add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg, and a tablespoon of lemon juice to the honey - mix well. Keep on for 15 minutes, then rinse with water, and moisturize. I also love this moiturizing hair mask from Moroccanoil! (The mask pictured above is another great one - the Purifying Charcoal mask from beautycounter)
8) Take a walk
I know, it sounds counterintuitive. Seriously, nothing picks up my winter blues more than getting outside for some natural light and fresh air. Walking clears my mind and gets me out from in front of the computer screen! I've heard it said that there is no bad weather - only bad clothes. So dress however you need to stay warm or dry or comfy, and get outside! Look up and enjoy the simple beauty of the real world!
9) Swap your regular cup o joe for a hot cup of tea with honey
Dehydration is a sneaky culprit in the winter, especially when our skin is already struggling with dryness from the cold air. I like to try 2 non-coffee days in the week, swapping out coffee for a warm mug of tea and honey. It's hydrating (as opposed to the dehydrating effects of coffee) and soothing, and many have added health benefits. Head over to Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, or a specialty tea shop if you're feelin fancy (I love Tin Roof Teas in Raleigh!) and pick something that you can get excited about!
10) Plan some fun with friends
These would be all the activities you might opt out of on a beautiful spring or summer day - bowling, barcade, concert, coffee date in a cozy coffee shop, museum trip, or dinner at a restaurant you've been wanting to try. The point is - get out of your house and into the presence of people you like, doing something fun and different. With cold temps and short days it's easy to want to stay in and satch during our free moments, but that just won't do day after day. Plan ahead and pick some times to have some fun, even in the winter.
So, whether it's 55 or 25 out, be sure to take some extra care of yourself during these short days and enjoy the season for all it has to offer!
With blush and bobby pins,