I have always loved winter- something about the freshness and quiet. I also adore winter clothing; I’m a big fan of scarves, gloves, and hats. But last winter nearly killed me and I can’t believe we’re here again. The high temperature tomorrow is supposed to be a balmy 17 degrees! I realize I must sound like the biggest brat, but this southern girl can’t get down with temperatures that low.
We’re taught to winterize our homes and cars, but how many of you winterize yourself? Here are some tips to get you through the frigid months ahead:
Stila Custom Color Blush in Sheer Pink // Josie Maran Winter Dreams Argan Skincare Collection // Yes to Carrots Fragrance Free Daily Cream Facial Cleanser // Hope in a Jar // Purity Made Simple Facial Cleanser // Korres Greek Yoghurt Moisturizing Face Cream // Aveeno Ultracalming Moisturizer // Revlon Powder Blush in Haute Pink // Rosebud Salve
Try a creamier, less harsh cleanser. I’m the exfoliating queen, but you need to tone it down in the winter months. Exfoliating can irritate your already parched skin. I swear by Yes to Carrots and Purity facial cleansers (above for details).
Use oil. I have oily skin and avoided oil for a long time. However, it’s now part of my daily routine! I slather it on before I go out for a walk as it helps fend off the harsh wind. You can pick up cosmetic oils (think Bio Oil or Josie Maran products), or natural ones, such as coconut oil. Bonus: they also help alleviate dry hair, split ends, and flyaways.
Perk up your blush. Your cheeks need a pop of pink when the temperature dips below freezing. My current favorite is Stila Custom Color Blush in Sheer Pink- it goes on much lighter than it appears in the picture above. Nothing can lift your spirits quicker than a bright color!
Moisturize. You should do this year round, but trade in your lighter lotions for something a bit heavier. You need to apply it twice a day: in the morning and at night. It’s more effective if you apply it after cleansing, while your face is still damp. And no need to go overboard- you only need a peanut-sized amount of product for your face (and another for your neck).
Don’t forget your lips! The cold air and dry heat do a number on your lips, too. Do not leave home without balm! Make sure to apply it before bed, too. I use several brands, but I’m partial to Rosebud Salve.
Drink up. The best way to stay hydrated, of course, is to drink plenty of water. Your skin and lips take a major hit during the winter months, and water is your best defense. The old adage states to drink 8 8-ounce glasses of water a day (the 8 x 8 rule), but consider your factors before settling on that amount. If you’re an avid exerciser, you should increase your intake.
Consider buying a humidifier. Our house is super dry, and it’s hard on our sinuses, skin, and eyes. If you don’t want to spend the money, I read that you can achieve a similar effect by placing bowls of water around your bedroom. We haven’t tried it yet, but it’s on my list of things to do!
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How do you protect yourself during the winter months?