The harsh weather during the colder months can certainly take a toll on your skin, lips, and hair. These simple tweaks to your beauty routine will combat damage and keep dryness at bay.
Choose creamy cleansers. They’re gentler on the skin—perfect for sensitive skin! These sudsless cleansers can be just as effective at removing makeup, oil, and impurities as faces washes with foaming action. The non-drying formulas will leave your face super-hydrated and silky smooth.
Keep your cool. Avoid baths and showers that are too hot. Cooling the water before you get out will allow your skin to retain more moisture. The temp shock also won’t be so severe.
Don’t be so harsh. Skip the abrasive astringent and exfoliator. Opt for a milder formula that won’t strip the skin of so much moisture. You should also reduce how often you exfoliate.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Switch to a heavier moisturizing cream. Apply while your face is still damp to lock in moisture. The cheeks and under-eye regions are typically more susceptible to dryness, so be sure to apply the moisturizer more liberally over these areas. It’s also important to remember that UV rays are just as damaging in the winter, so don’t ditch the sun protection.
Zap the chap. Avoid licking your lips. Although this provides temporary relief, when your saliva dries the lips are left even more dehydrated than before because you’ve just stripped away your lips’ natural protective oils. To fight the urge, always carry lip balm and only wear lipstick that is rich in emollients. It also helps to apply a heavy layer of lip balm at bedtime.
Bonus Tip: This gentle FRXtion Sugar Lip Exfoliator and Soothing Balm by Tarte is a savior! On one side there are exfoliating sugar crystals and on the other, vitamin E vanilla lip balm to soothe, calm and protect lips. Plus, it comes with a built-in mirror for on-the-go application!
You can even make your own at-home lip scrub by combining 1 teaspoon honey with 1 teaspoon sugar. Blend the two ingredients in your hand, then apply the mixture in a circular motion for 90 seconds before wiping off.
HANDS AND FEET
Take cover. Wear gloves or mittens whenever possible and always have a hand cream handy (pun intended!). If you wash dishes, invest in a pair of durable dishwashing gloves and avoid hot running water. This list wouldn’t be complete without the tried and true tip of slathering your hands and feet with lotion and then sleeping with cotton gloves and socks on. Not only will your hands and feet be soft the next morning, you’ll be warm and cozy throughout the night! Also be sure to wear socks or tights during the day, and socks or slippers around the house.
Use protection. Protective hairstyles are your best friend. Leaving your hair ends exposed with no protection from harsh element can lead to dryness, brittleness and split ends. Keeping them moisturized and tucked away from sun, wind, and friction will reduce breakage and maximize length retention. Try buns, braids, French rolls, sewn-in weaves, or wigs.
Fight the friction. Wool hats and scarves can cause hair breakage at the nape of your neck or at the crown of your head. Sew a satin or silk lining inside your wool cap to prevent pulling and rubbing on your strands. Before wrapping your scarf around your neck, make sure your hair is out of the way.
Condition, condition, condition. Increasing the frequency in the winter can help to restore and replenish moisture to your hair. Deep conditioners and hot oil treatments are great options, but a rejuvenating hair mask (a thicker formula rich in moisturizing properties) will give your hair that extra dose of hydration it needs. Check out our homemade olive oil masks recipes here!
How do you winterize your beauty routine?
-Audra E. Lord