Winter beauty tips
Happy Saturday, everyone! Hope you’re all having a wonderful holiday season, filled with love!
I still find it hard to believe that we just welcomed Winter, because we’re experiencing unusually warm weather. Speaking from experience though, I know that the temperatures will most likely drop significantly when least expected. In today’s post I’m sharing a few beauty tips that you must try this Winter.
HYDRATE FROM THE INSIDE OUT
Keeping your body hydrated is important all-year long, but we must pay special attention to this during colder months. In Winter, we tend not to eat as many fresh fruit and vegetables as we do during Summer and we also don’t drink nearly as much water. By staying hydrated you improve your blood circulation, which will give you plump, hydrated skin.
GET RID OF FLAKY SKIN
Cold weather also often means dry skin- not only is the air dry but we’re also buried under layers of clothing and our skin doesn’t get a chance to “breathe”. Moisturizing your skin is great, but unless you first remove all the dead, flaky layer, it won’t do any good. Few times a week, use a body scrub in the shower and follow up with your favorite moisturizer or body oil. Using a scrub will remove all the dead skin cells and dry, flaky skin, leaving it soft and smooth. Body lotions, butter and oils will also absorb much easier. I recently wrote about this homemade Coconut Oil & Sugar Body Scrub which is a great exfoliator, but also leaves your skin moisturized, so there’s no need for a body lotion.
DON’T FORGET YOUR HANDS
It’s very easy to neglect your hands, but it’s also where first signs of cold weather tend to show. Always use a moisturizing cream at night and a protective one during the day. Gloves are also a must during extremely cold weather.
Even on those dark, gloomy days, you need to remember to use sunscreen. I usually use SPF50 and right now I’m loving Paula’s Choice skincare products, including the sunscreen as it doesn’t irritate or burn my skin.
KEEP A HEALTHY DIET
We love to indulge during this time of year, and there’s nothing wrong with doing that once in a while, but it’s about keeping a balance. This Winter, make sure that your diet is especially rich in healthy fats like those from avocado, nuts, coconut oil, seeds and nuts- this will keep your skin nourished and looking healthy.
MOISTURE, MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE
Moisturizing your skin during Winter is important for obvious reasons. I personally love using coconut or baby oil on my skin, right after shower (I apply my oils while my skin is still wet, this helps to lock the moisture in) and for my face, I also reach for Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream- it’s scent-free, rich and amazing for dry and sensitive skin. If your skin tends to get really dry and itchy, avoid taking very hot showers/baths.
USE AN OIL TREATMENT FOR YOUR SCALP
I love using coconut oil as an intense treatment for my scalp- once a week I rub it directly onto my dry scalp and hair and leave it on for a couple of hours (minimum of 45-minutes). This really helps me deal with dry and itchy scalp.
USE A HUMIDIFIER
Humidifier is another must for me during Winter. Cold, dry air sucks the moisture out of your skin which can cause dullness, sensitivity and dryness. Having a humidifier in your bedroom will help put that moisture back into the air which will not only make your skin look better, it will also help you get better sleep and will ease sinus congestion. If you often wake up with your skin feeling tight and dry, try using a humidifier.
TRY A CREAMY CLEANSER
Gel formulas can often be a little drying while creamy formulas tend to be more gentle and leave skin feeling nourished and moisturized.
EXFOLIATE AND MOISTURIZE YOUR LIPS
Chapped, dry lips can be a big problem during Winter that is why a lip scrub and a lip balm are also a must-have for me. If I don’t have a lip scrub handy, I usually just use a moist washcloth- it works just as well. I talked about some of my favorite Winter lip balms right here. During the day, make sure to use a balm with SPF.
Do you guys have some other Winter Beauty Tips you’d like to share?