With winter upon us, it’s only natural to start feeling those winter blues—and boy are we feeling it. From the shorter hours of daylight to the dropping temperatures, it’s easy to fall into a slump. The worst part – our body starts to look as dull as we feel. I’m talking about the dreaded WINTER SKIN. You know, the dry, flaky, sometimes bumpy skin we desperately try to bring the life back into with endless amounts lotions and creams. We all hate it but it can’t be avoided, right? Wrong! I’m sharing some simple beauty tips to bring the glow back into your skin and to warm up your look this holiday season.
The main reason for “winter skin” is the lack of sun, lack of moisture in the air, and cold, dry temperatures. Here’s a few ways we can reverse the effects:
Don’t take HOT showers
I know the feeling—you just wake up and it’s so cold getting out of bed. You step into an even colder bathroom. You hop into the shower and now you’re freezing! A super hot shower will certainly warm you right up. DON’T DO IT! Hotter temperatures on dry skin will only dry out your skin even more! I’m talking dry to the point of flakiness! Save your skin and stick with a warm shower.
Scrub Scrub Scrub
While you’re in that warm shower, make sure you exfoliate! Exfoliating helps remove dead, dry skin and regenerate new skin cells. Use a sugar scrub to buff away dull skin. Salt scrubs tend to be a little rougher and can dry out your skin. Try to stick to a sugar based scrub. There are homemade remedies you can make, or I like Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish, available at Nordstrom.
This is the most important and probably the most obvious. Winter skin is mainly caused by lack of moisture, so we need to put that moisture back. Find the right moisturizers that cater to what you want to target. Whether you have itchiness, redness, dry and flaky skin, or combination skin, read the labels to see what ingredients work best for you. I’ve even had great success with organic coconut oil. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave you feeling greasy. This is a step you’ll have to do at least once a day – on your WHOLE BODY. After your shower is the best time. I use Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizer, available at your local drug store.
As for your face, depending on your skin type, find a product that works best for what you need. I like anything that contains hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid holds A THOUSAND TIMES its weight in water—which means it will really lock in the moisture. I like Eco Beauty’s Good Day Moisturizer. Don’t forget a good nighttime moisturizer too! I use Eco Beauty’s Good Night Moisturizer, both available at LAFreshgroup.com/eco-beauty
Add moisture to your air
Get a small humidifier for your living space. Even if it’s just in your bedroom, this will help add moisture to the air, thus your body will see the effects of it. You can find all sizes available on Amazon.
Now that your skin is feeling pretty normal again, here are some tips to bring the glow back during the dark days of winter:
Brighten up the base
Use a foundation or CC Cream that has some sort of light shimmer or glow to it. I use IT Cosmetics CC+ Illumination. Not only does it correct color, it adds a soft glow without being sparkly. It brings this refreshing warmth out from in your face—people will stop you and tell you you’re glowing and demand to know why. New job? Proposal? Nope—just a beauty secret!
Highlight your face
Brush a highlighter on the points of your face where natural light hits – your cheekbones, nose, and forehead – and a dab above your top lip and along your chin. This will add the effect of soft light radiating along your face, creating the look of a sun-kissed glow. I use Too-Faced Candlelight Glow Duo Highlighting Powder.
Pop of color
Whether it be with a soft blush or a bold lip, winter is great for lush pinks, dark reds, and bold berry tones. Have fun and brighten up your skin with a pop of color.
I personally embrace my skin color change from bronze to porcelain when the seasons change. It’s fun to rock a new look. But if you are feeling like you need a touch of color, don’t head to the tanning beds. Try a sunless tanning lotion that is safer and easy to do right at home. I like St. Tropez Self Bronzing Mouse for a tan that lasts about a week or St. Tropez One Night Only Instant Glow Body Lotion for those special occasions you need quick results. I have had the most success with St. Tropez. No streaking and no terrible odor. It’s quick and easy to use, but as always, follow the instructions thoroughly.
With these beauty tips, winter skin CAN be beat. Our winter blues will turn into warm winter hues and we can glow right into spring.