I don’t know about you guys but in the Winter my skin gets so itchy, tight and dry I am certain its going to crack right off!
Through the years I have tried several things to maintain my Summer glow year round. I have found 9 tried and true things that make the biggest difference during the Winter dry months.
SUNSCREEN: You need to wear sunscreen on your face everyday! UV rays still come out even when the sun doesn’t. Sunscreen is the only factor that truly protects against aging. My top 3 favorite suncreens are below.
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Ojas Sun Essential is the more natural of the three without toxins. Reduces wrinkles & builds up collagen.
Korres Yoghurt is water resistant & paraben free. It offers protection against UVA & UVB rays.
Neutrogena Age Shield is an Anti-oxidant face lotion with SPF 70 and anti aging serum. It is PABA free.
HUMIDIFIER: KKKKK this thing is sooo bomb! Not only is it a life savor for babies when they are sick (it’s the only way I could get Liv to sleep through the night when she had her cold) but it creates so much moister! It will hydrate your skin and hair while you are sleeping! Plus this cute one (below) is a diffuser as well so you can add essential oils to it! I love that this one isn’t an eye sore. It is super chic and looks super cute next to your bed.
EXFOLIATE: I feel like in the Winter I slough off more dead skin because it is so dry. Don’t you? If I don’t exfoliate it just builds up and makes my face look dull. Same goes for my hands, elbows and knees. When I exfoliate my face just brighten ups and my body is super smooth!
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The Dermalogica face brush is the perfect item to throw into your routine. It is gentle on your face but tough on unwanted texture.
EXFOLIATING SHEET MASK
The Karuna brand is my favorite sheet mask company! This mask cleans deep pores and sloughs off dead skin cells.
EXFOLIATING FACE SCRUB
This Garnier face scrub is really well priced. I love the ingredients. If you want a bright, illuminating complexion you should exfoliate your face 2-3 times a week.
MOISTURIZE: I think this is pretty obvious but sometimes we forget! If I could soak in tub of lotion before bed I would be so happy. Oh wait.. I basically do haha. I lather up from head to toe in my holy grail lotion that I have been using since high school! Cetaphil! Cetaphil cream is by far the best lotion on this planet! It is such a rich, deep, hydrating lotion without all the oils and nasties! I use this on my face and don’t break out. It is so thick and feels so good on my face and body. I can feel my skin just drinking up all the moister this lotion gives me.
STAY HYDRATED: It is so much easier for me to stay hydrated in the warmer months but when it’s cold the last thing I want to do is drink water. I force myself because it is soooo important! I can see a glowing difference in my skin when I drink water, my metabolism is faster & I feel refreshed and energized. First thing I do when I wake up is fill my water bottle and drink it. I drink way more water if I constantly carry my water bottle with me. Even if I am just going upstairs, I always make sure it is within hands reach. I prefer ones with straws, I think I drink more because it is just sticking out at me haha.
LIPS: My lips are the most sensitive thing on me. If they are dry or the weather changes or I try a new chapstick I break out in cold sores. It is sooo annoying. Since I have started lip scrubs and using vaseline to moisturize my lips I haven’t had that problem.
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NO TANNING BEDS: I know this hard for some people because I get it, you want to be tan year round. There are other ways. Nothing ages you faster than a nasty tanning bed. Stick to Jergens natural glow. I use this every morning! They have a face lotion too that I used to use but I exfoliate my face so often that it is pointless to use now, so I just bump my foundation up a shade to match my body. This is my favorite affordable self tanner, it doesn’t stink and it is streak free. I do my whole body then wash my hands, I then apply the product to a makeup brush and apply it to the top of my hands. This way my body is all one skin tone and I don’t have mickey mouse hands. Haha!
AIR DRY HAIR: I know it is time consuming but if you can plan a day to wash your hair where you have time to let it air dry you will see amazing results! The Winter air is so damaging on your hair that when you add a hot blow dryer on top of it, it’s so fried!
LESS HOT WATER: This is the hardest one for me because I love to soak in hot water, especially when it is cold! Showers, baths, hot tubs you name it I am in it! But it drys you out so quickly!! So keep that in mind and try to minimize the hot pots!
What are your Winter beauty tips?