Winter is here and, while we look forward to the holidays and cheer, it can wreak havoc on our skin, making makeup look flaky and cakey. Guest blogger, Ashley Lipman tells us how to enjoy the holiday season, with these simple beauty tips.
In fact, during the winter months, your skin loses up to 25% of its moisture. This is because there is less humidity during this time, not to mention indoor heaters can cause your skin to flake and crack. Combine this with using harsh cleansers and over-exfoliating, and you have a recipe for disaster.
This doesn’t mean you have to ditch your makeup; just making these simple adjustments in your beauty regime will leave you feeling flawless:
Make Sure You Moisturize
Your skin loses moisture during winter. This means you need to make it a point to moisturize regularly before applying makeup.
In general, if you have dry skin, you can use a cream-based moisturizer. For oily or combination skin, stick with gel-based moisturizers. No matter what your skin type is, go for fragrance-free moisturizers (and makeup), as fragrance can cause skin irritation.
At the same time, choose high-quality moisturizers that don’t have petroleum-based ingredients since these moisturizers sit on the skin, making it (and your makeup) look greasy.
Whenever Unsure, chose the Classics
If you aren’t sure what shade of lipstick or eyeshadow to wear, play it safe and go with the classic shades. This means sticking with a classic bright red lipstick, neutral eyeshadow, black mascara and eyeliner.
Do Not Forget to Exfoliate
Just cuz its winters: doesn’t mean you’re skipping exfoliation. You can either use chemical exfoliation, which penetrates the skin—these are BHAs (for acne-prone skin) and AHAs (for sun-damaged, mature skin). You can physically exfoliate the skin by gently using a washcloth.
Regular exfoliation directly implies a smoother base for the foundation.
Don’t Go Crazy with The Loose Powder
According to WebMD, a powder can dry out the skin. Since winter is the driest time of the year, excessive powder is not your friend. For someone with dry skin, I suggest skipping the powder almost totally. For those of you with combination skin, lightly dust some powder on the oilier areas, which normally are your T-zone and chin.
Apply Chapstick Before Going to Bed
It’s not just your skin that gets dry during the winter months, but your lips are prone to get chapped.
To make sure your lipstick goes on smoothly, apply chapstick the night before. That way, it has several hours to sink in and, when you wake up, your lipstick will glide on easily.
If your lips have been chapped despite the care, your regular lipstick might be causing the irritation. Taking a break from that particular stick might be a good idea.
Don’t Go to Sleep with Makeup On
Not just winter, but all year long. Leaving makeup on at night can clog pores and dulls skin, leaving it more prone to getting micro comedones (early acne), which damages skin and adds more make up to the routine. Avoid the vicious circle.
So, even when you’re tired, take the extra 2 minutes to wash your face; your skin’s going to thank you.
Go with Darker, Richer Nail Polish Colors
While you can choose any colour nail polish, normally, darker, richer colours look the most festive. (Speaking of which, consider 14 days lasting gel nail polish.)
Apply a clear coat every couple of days to make the polish last longer.
Winter does not always mean dry and irritable skin. A few changes to your regular beauty regime can make your appearance flawless.
About Ashley Lipman
Ashley is a super-connector with Outreachmama who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.
Hope you liked this post! Don’t forget to check out our Winter Skincare and Hair Guide for more tips!