Snuggling up in front of the fireplace with a hot cup of cocoa on a cold winter’s day is truly delightful, but the effects of the winter weather outside on your skin are very frightful. However, your skin can look just as moisturized, fresh and nourished as it does during the summer with a little extra care. Here are a few beauty tips for keeping your skin and the rest of your face looking refreshed during the winter months:
Use a Heavier Moisturizer
Everyone’s skin gets dryer during the winter, so it’s important to help your skin retain moisture better with a heavier moisturizer. My personal favorite is Cerave lotion, which you can buy in a big bottle at CVS pharmacies. It contains hyaluronic acid, an ingredient that really helps your skin retain moisture. Plus it looks great under makeup, doesn’t cause breakouts, and is perfect for sensitive skin. For a body lotion, I would recommend Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula. It’s extremely thick, creamy, and smells heavenly, as well as being very moisturizing.
Combat Facial Puffiness
Some of us have a problem with our faces being puffy during the winter, but you don’t have to feel like a chipmunk. Exercise is a great way to combat puffiness, as well as using cold green tea as a toner (the caffeine helps dilate blood vessels). As an added plus, the caffeine might even lower your chance of getting skin cancer. You can simply rub cooled used green tea bags all over your face to minimize swelling and give your skin a good dose of antioxidants. For under eye puffiness, lay used cold green tea or black tea bags or cucumbers on top of your eyes for a minute or two, or keep two spoons in the freezer. Hold the spoons underneath your eyes for thirty seconds to depuff your under eye area (it helps minimize swelling the same way ice does when you have an injury). Other ways to avoid puffiness are to watch your salt intake (it makes your body retain fluids), drink a caffeinated beverage or two (gets rid of fluids), and treat any allergies you may have that are causing a reaction.
Lighten Dark Circles
Treating allergies is another way to help with this common beauty problem. Many women suffer from dark circles under their eyes, and they seem impossible to get rid of. However, you can lighten them if you use the right eye cream. The one I’ve had the most success with is Garnier Nutritioniste Ultra-Lift Anti-Wrinkle Firming Eye Cream. There’s just something in the stuff that really helps. You can also use a yellow concealer to help hide them. I really like Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in yellow (it also contains caffeine, which helps to depuff). The most important tip for combat dark circles and puffiness, however, is to always get plenty of sleep.
Treat and Cover Redness
Red skin is a common problem during winter months, but Eucerin Redness Relief moisturizers are here to help with a variety of products that help combat redness, like the green-tinted Daily Perfecting Lotion for intensive or daily facial redness. Green is definitely the way to go if you’re suffering from facial redness, so look for a green concealer for really red splotches. You also might want to avoid using acne products and anti-aging creams and serums that contain ingredients like AHA, salicylic acid, and retinol that can irritate you skin during the daytime.
Moisturize Your Eyes
Dry eyes are a common problem during the winter months, and they can really detract from your festive holiday makeup job. Just be sure to keep a bottle of Visine Redness Relief in your purse when your eyes need a little perking up.
Keep Lips Moist and Soft
It’s also important to take extra care of your lips during the wintertime. Burt’s Bees lip balms are always a good choice, since they don’t contain any petroleum products for you to accidentally ingest, and one of my personal favorite lip moisturizers are Bonne Bell VitaGloss O2 lip glosses. They’re extremely moisturizing and will give your lips a healthy, sexy shine.
Shimmer and Shine like a Fresh Blanket of Snow
Speaking of shining, shimmery face powders are perfect for a festive winter look. After you apply your bronzer (also an important part of achieving a winter glow!), dust your face with a pretty light shimmer powder like this one by stila (it can also be used on your body). It adds a subtle shine that is perfect for holiday parties.
Your beauty routine may take a little longer during the winter months, but all the hard work will definitely pay off when you’re standing under the mistletoe or hoping for a New Year’s kiss.