Baby, It’s Cold! Winter Beauty Guide For Great Skin
It’s getting cold and you know what that means dry skin. From the scenery around us to the things we choose to wear and the things we crave to eat. Even if we’re not consciously thinking about it, these changes do occur. As much as we may love the colder weather and looking forward to the holidays, the physical temperature changes can wreak havoc on our skin, hair, and nails, as well as just be wanting us to layer up our clothes. Going from the bitter cold that is outside to the warm temperature of our homes can take its toll. As lovely as it is to get warm after being out in the snow, it does need to be something that we do gradually if we want to take care of our skin, that is. So here are the best ways to pump up your winter beauty:
One of the most common things that winter can do to our skin is to make it feel dry. You might be left wondering why your skin may still be dry, even after moisturizing, at this time of year. And there are several reasons why. So here are some of the things that you can do to make sure that your skin is looking it’s best over winter and so that you’re party-season ready. Nothing worse than dry skin and pimples when you’re going to be at parties for every holiday. Have you got any tips that you would add, that have worked for you?
Don’t Skip Sunscreen
Sunscreen, in winter? Sounds a bit random, right? Well, the truth is that we should be wearing sunscreen all year round. Even when it is cold, there are still harmful UV rays from the sun that can damage our skin and leave things like sunspots. We are less likely to get a sunburn in winter, but can still get sun damage. Take it from anyone that has been skiing in winter; it can happen! Using a moisturizer or BB cream with SPF in is a great way to make sure that you’re covered. It can be a good idea to get a lip balm with SPF in it too. Lips can get very dry when the weather changes, so good to protect them as much as we can.
If your skin is drier, then you need to treat it more delicately. The colder weather can sap the natural moisture out of your skin. And if you are being harsh when you wash your face or dry your skin, then it can mean damage and soreness to your skin. If your current winter beauty products are making your skin feel more dry than normal, then you need to look for some more natural products. Avoid ones that are soapy or foamy, as these are known as being drying. Things you have around the home like coconut oil can act as a natural moisturizer too. It can even be put on your hair!
Staying hydrated is really key when it comes to winter and skincare. As well as using things like cleansers and moisturizers to keep your skin hydrated from the outside, you should also be looking at keeping your skin hydrated from the inside too. Drinking enough water each day is the best way to do just that. Aim for at least two liters a day, but more if you are exercising. It can keep your skin looking hydrated, as well as helping to eliminate spots and dark circles. So it is a win-win all round to drink water.
If you want to really treat your skin this winter, then look no further than a winter beauty face mask. They can offer deep hydration to your face and can soothe and calm any dry patches or itchiness. As they are kept on your skin for longer than a normal moisturizer, it is like a big drink of hydration for your skin and can leave it feeling supple and smooth. Face masks often have added nutrients that other moisturizers don’t have, so they can help to give your skin a radiant glow. One can work wonders, but once a week is a good way to go.
Focus on Eyes
There are many people that will just use a standard moisturizer for your face, and neglect to use an eye cream. But as the name suggests, an eye cream is specific to that area and has the nutrients and elements in that are really going to help and protect the precious eye area. Normal face moisturizers are also going to be too thick for the eye area, so it is time to invest in one if you don’t already.
With gels, serums, and creams, there are plenty of options to suit you and find what works for you. The best bit? This time of year is one of the best times to add this to your beauty routine. Icy winds can dry out your eye area, and if your eyes tend to water when it is cold, you can get sore eye creases. So apply now and it will help to protect.
Consider Essential Oils
Essential oils have many uses for stings and burns to even treating things like cold sores or acne. Essential oils, in their purest form, are great for our skin, especially in winter. Plant oils, such as coconut, olive, and aloe vera, are gentle on the skin and are easily absorbed by the skin’s epidermis (layers). Other oils like frankincense, quite seasonally, lavender, and melaleuca are great for skin. Acting as an antibacterial layer, as well as an anti-inflammatory can help our skin to reduce puffiness, eliminate spots, and stop any blemishes from coming back.
Don’t Forget Your Feet
Gone are the flip-flops and here are the thick socks and winter boots. When your feet get less time to breathe, then it can lead to them feeling dry and cracked. Winter is the worse time for cracked and sore feet. So it is important not to forget about them when you think about your skin and your skincare routine. Have you ever considered putting on a hydrating cream before you put your socks on each morning?
For some people, the textures might be too much. So if daytime doesn’t work for you, then before you go to bed is a great time to do it. Apply a hydrating cream to your feet before you go to bed (or use something like coconut oil). Then pop on some soft cotton socks for bed. After a couple of days of doing this, you’re likely to get super soft and well-hydrated feet. Dry, sore, and cracked feet can be too much for many people; it can affect how you walk and how much you’re able to move around. So it is something important to think about.
While you think about what you put on your skin in winter, what you take into your body needs to be considered too. As well as keeping hydrated as stated above, try to avoid too many processed foods this season, so that your skin can keep clear and breathe. Too much sugar can lead to breakouts, as well as affect the hormone balance in your body. Which, of course, can lead to breakouts too. Think about taking a multivitamin supplement at this time of year. It can make such as difference to your skin, as well as your overall health. When you’re healthy and well, you are more likely to take care of yourself, as well as enjoy the festive season even more.
Winter beauty is just as important as any other time of the year. Be your own kind of beautiful.