Winter is here and it’s time to whip out the red lipstick, tie up your knee-highs, and sip hot cocoa by the bucket. Although we absolutely adore cozy nights and wrapping up warm, our skin and hair secretly suffer. From dryness to breakouts, there’s a whole load of ‘meh’ moments that come with the festive season. But, we’re not letting those moments hold us back from our favorite time of the year, are we? We’ve compiled a list of the top ‘dos’ and absolute ‘do-nots’ to keep you looking and feeling hot in the cold.
Do layer up on moisturizer
Staying in? Moisturize. Going out? Moisturize. Ice on your windshield? Moisturize! The cold, dry air is very unkind to the natural oils in our skin, so when you’ve got a spare moment, pull a Mrs. Doubtfire and go to town with the moisturizer. This means you should be moisturizing every morning and night, onto cleansed skin. Look for a moisturizer that has hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and emollients. For more deets on finding the perfect moisturizer, read our ultimate moisturizer guide here. Remember to moisturize your body too, seriously, layer it EVERYWHERE.
Do avoid sugar
This may be easier said than done at this time of the year when everyone’s baking up goodies, and you spend about 80% of your time ogling the treats in the kitchen. However, overdoing the sugar intake leads to some pretty nasty things due to a process called glycation. Glycation is where digested sugar latches onto the collagen in your skin and essentially eats away at it. So, where you can this season, maybe stick to just one serving of pumpkin pie?
Do have a cold shower – or a cold rinse at least
Cold showers during winter may have you thinking “hell no!” but it’s actually really great for both your skin and your hair. Hot water tends to dry out our hair and skin, whereas cold water tightens your follicles and pores. Plus, it’s fantastic for your circulation, which is a common issue during the colder months. Can’t handle an entire cold shower? Finish off a hot one with a cold rinse.
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Do change your beauty routine for the weather!
What worked for you in summer may not work in winter, but you’ll probably have figured that one out when you put your sequin hot-pants into storage. So, you may have to put the products that made you radiant in the heat to one side and find a routine that works for winter. The lightweight moisturizer you were using in summer needs to be swapped for something thicker, and your cleanser may have to go a little gentler. Check out how we changed up our routine for winter here.
Do invest in a humidifier
Although the weather outside is frightful, that doesn’t mean the weather inside has to be. Be your very own weather girl and add some humidity into your home. Humidifiers replace the moisture that can cause tightness, dryness and even flaking. Have your humidifier on while you sleep when your skin is in its regenerative state, and you’ll wake up hydrated and soft. It’s basically like having a facial while you sleep!
Do hit the gym
Apart from being able to tuck into a whole lot of grub guilt-free, going to the gym helps keep you happy. A lot of us are emotionally affected in the winter months, by a condition called SAD (seasonal affective disorder.) This means that the dark, gloomy weather can make us feel depressed, lethargic, and even anxious. Going to the gym releases endorphins, which are happy hormones that kick negative chemicals to the curb. We like to schedule a workout with our gal pals – group workouts make it SO much more fun, plus you get to gossip once you’re done!
Don’t skip sunscreen
We can’t always see it, but it’s always there – if the sun’s out, you need to protect your skin. During particularly snowy days, the sun can reflect off the snow which can even cause pretty nasty sunburn! Remember to always wear sunscreen and make sure your makeup products contain SPF; your skin will thank you for it when you’re older. Check out our fave sunscreens here.
Don’t panic over pimples
New Year’s Eve with your partner, family get-togethers with that annoying cousin who is unnecessarily competitive, there’s so much you want to look extra hot for. But, you’ve woken up the morning of with a pimple… The cardinal rule is: Absolutely. DO. NOT. PANIC. We all tend to go a little bit overboard, grabbing everything we can find to kill the beast, but over-applying can aggravate the situation. Instead, stick to your normal routine and try a simple remedy like these to stop that sucker. Then, remember: it’s just a pimple – everyone has them, and actually, no one cares but you! You’re perfect just the way you are; remember it.
Don’t lick your lips
Licking your dry lips may provide temporary relief, but really, you’re actually just making it worse long-term. Our saliva contains digestive enzymes that break down the skin on your lips (ew) and leave them feeling dry as well as exposed to the elements. Get yourself a new bestie in the form of a legendary lip balm (like these), and unless you’ve come face-to-face with a mountain of your grandma’s famous stuffing, do not lick your lips!
Somewhere between a do and a don’t lies the art of exfoliation. It’s important to exfoliate during the winter months as our skin tends to flake, but over-exfoliating can do damage. Using a brush or your usual exfoliant, gently slough away dead skin without applying pressure. Exfoliating is also a great way to get that blood flowing when you feel like your limbs have turned to ice!
Let us know your winter beauty hacks in the comments below.