‘Tis the season…cooler weather, roaring fireplaces, heaters working overtime and yes, dry skin. The cold weather and the artificial heat sources can be very drying. Not only does dry skin not feel good, it can wreak havoc on your makeup application. Makeup will “stick” to patches of dry skin resulting in a blotchy appearance. However, there are some things you can do to keep this from happening.
1. EXFOLIATE! Exfoliation is important any time of the year but is especially important during the winter season.Your skin sheds every 28 days or so (did you know that 80% of your household dust is dead skin?). Just because it sheds, doesn’t mean it leaves the surface. Exfoliating helps remove the dead skin and provides a soft and smooth surface. It also helps with tip #2. Here are a few of my favorite exfoliants:
- épicé Purifying Exfoliant
- Ole Henriksen Power Peel
- First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Polish
- Hey Honey! Take It Off Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask
2. MOISTURIZE. Whether you have dry, normal or oily skin, it’s still important to moisturize. The key is to make sure to use the proper moisturizer for your skin type. Don’t let the word “moisturize” fool you. It doesn’t always mean applying a heavy, greasy lotion to your face. How does exfoliation help your moisturizer? Imagine a drought. The ground is dry. When it finally rains, the ground is so dry that the water can’t sink in and it just floods. Now take that same scenario and apply that to your skin. If it is too dry, the moisturizer can’t sink in properly and may just sit on top of your skin. So exfoliate, then moisturize. Here are a few of my favorite moisturizers:
- Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer
- Estee Lauder Day Wear
3. PROTECT. If you are outside in the harsh cold and wind, make sure you protect your face. Also, if you live in a warmer state like Florida, don’t be fooled by the cooler weather. If the sun is still shining, your skin can still be damaged. Don’t put away the sunscreen or makeup with SPF. Some ways to protect your skin:
- If you are in the harsh cold, wear a scarf and pull over your face.
- Use a moisturizer with a SPF (my two favorites noted above contain an SPF)
- Use a foundation with a SPF
- Wear sunglasses. We all know that the bright sun makes you squint, but so does a clear winter sky. Sunglasses help to keep your squinting to a minimum and prevent some of those unwanted crows feet around the eyes.
Until next time, stay beautiful! ~ Devon