As we prepare to transition from Fall into Winter (or from Warm Fall to Cooler Fall if you’re on the West Coast), now is also a great time to switch up your beauty routines to prepare for the harsher conditions that typically come with cold weather. Using these simple tips will help keep you properly hydrated, protected and glowing all winter long.
SWITCH FROM WATER-BASED TO OIL-BASED MOISTURIZERS - Lighter oils and water-based moisturizers are great for summer because they hydrate without being too heavy or greasy on the skin. However, due to the air being colder and dryer in the winter, these types of moisturizers simple won’t cut it (and you will more than likely be ashy again by lunchtime--a big no-no!). Instead, switch to heavier, creamier oil-based moisturizers and serums to not only stay hydrated but to protect your delicate skin from harsh wind and cold air.
USE BODY OILS & BUTTERS INSTEAD OF LOTION - As with facial moisturizers, most body lotions are water based and will pretty much evaporate within hours of exposure to cold, dry air. To avoid this, opt for heavier body oils and butters, such as shea butter, cocoa butter, argan oil, almond oil etc. which penetrate the skin to provide deeper, longer-lasting hydration (and they also help even out skin tone). For maximum hydration, apply oils and/or butters immediately after bathing while your skin is damp to lock in the moisture.
Bonus tip: be sure to give some extra love to any potential “rough spots” i.e. hands/knuckles, elbows, knees and heels of feet to make sure they stay soft and supple.
DON’T NEGLECT YOUR HAIR & NAILS - By now, we should all know that hair needs to be moisturized regularly to maintain health and growth, however not as many people are aware that our nails should be moisturized as well to stay strong and healthy. Hair and nails tend to get especially dry and brittle due to lack of moisture in the air in the winter, so to help keep them shiny and hydrated try these simple tips:
Use a heavier oil to coat damp hair before styling to seal in more moisture and protect from harsh winds. Castor oil, argan oil, and olive oil are great options.
When shampooing hair, use cold or warm water whenever possible. Hot water strips the natural oils which will dry hair out even further leaving it prone to breakage.
Make a quick, natural cuticle oil using a blend of coconut, castor, vitamin E, and a drop of tea tree oil (or simple Vaseline will work if you don’t have the oils) and apply to the base of your nail bed starting at the cuticle. Gently massage the oil across the entire nail bed for a few seconds, especially near the base. This will not only prevent your nails from drying out but will also help them grow and stay strong.
THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS TOO MANY LIP BALMS - Chapped lips is one of the most common side effects of winter weather that becomes a pain for anyone--sometimes literally! All year round, it’s always great to keep a chap-stick or two handy but in the winter, you definitely want to make sure to keep a rich, viscous (not waxy) lip balm in your purse or pocket (coconut oil also works great for this). Even better if it contains an SPF!
EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE - Dry skin usually means flaky, peeling skin and that is so not hot! Exfoliate--head to toe--at least once a week (yes, this includes your scalp, lips, hands and feet) before slathering on your oils and butters to ensure that everything is smooth and the dead skin had been sloughed away. A simple coconut oil and sugar scrub is super easy and inexpensive to make and will be safe to use on your scalp (mix a spoonful into your shampoo and scrub to cleanse and exfoliate), lips, body (especially knees and elbows), and feet.
AS WITHIN, SO WITHOUT - To put it more simply: DRINK WATER! Your skin will only appear to be as hydrated as your body is internally, so, as always, make sure to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day to help achieve that year-round glow!