Oh, the weather outside is frightful, and it’s wreaking havoc on our hair and skin. Here are five simple tips to tweak your beauty routine and sail through your winter beauty woes:
1. Add a little moisture!
The most common winter beauty problem is dryness. Our skin and hair always suffer from colder temperatures so we have to keep them extra moisturized. Use a deep conditioner with every wash and and a heavier mask on your strands once a week. Switching to an oil based facial moisturizer can also be helpful if your skin gets particularly dry. Moisturizing head to toe with a body cream after you shower should be a habit (the body creams from Bliss are my favorite, and they frequently have them at Marshall's and Nordstrom Rack for half the price!), and be sure to stay hydrated! (Caffeinated beverages and alcohol don’t count!)
2. Say goodbye to dull skin!
Nothing kills a beautiful makeup faster than flaky, dull skin. No matter how you apply it, makeup won’t look good on top of that. Combat flakiness by exfoliating once per week and using a healing moisturizer after cleansing like Lait Creme Concentrate from Embryolisse.
3. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean the sun can’t burn you - be careful! Sun damage can cause cancer and lead to unsightly wrinkles and sunspots (that’s enough reason for me). Protect your skin by using SPF25 or higher sunscreen daily! Coola makes my favorite sunscreens, try this unscented spray packed with anti-aging ingredients!
4. Defend your hands!
Hands, cuticles, and nails can get extra dry in the winter time. Wearing gloves during inclement weather is helpful but not enough! Always use a heavy cream on your hands after washing them to prevent roughness and cracking. A cuticle cream and nail oil should also be used nightly to keep your nail beds healthy and beautiful! Burt's Bees makes some really nice healing products for the skin, check out this hand cream!
5. Preserve your hair!
Our delicate strands are more prone to breakage when they’re dry. Wash your hair with lukewarm water and use a hair oil like Kerastase Elixir Ultime on strands before styling and after if desired, concentrating on the ends to provide the hair with a protective barrier. Hats can be worn to protect the hair from cold temperatures and strong winds, simply flip hair the opposite way of your normal part and fold hair into a loose top knot under the hat. After removing, flip your hair back to the original part and run your fingers through it - no hat hair and mega volume! :)
What are your favorite winter beauty tips?
***I am not compensated for any of the product recommendations in this post - I really love them!!