Keeping your skin happy while wearing makeup in the winter can be challenging. Check out our helpful tips: Winter Skin and Makeup Tips to Keep Your Skin Happy!
For some people, getting their Winter glow on involves jumping into a private plane and jetting off to some far-flung tropical island where the sun still shines in the middle of December.
The rest of us, however, are stuck with the cold and snow until Springtime rolls around. We have to find other ways of getting a Winter glow going! Skincare and makeup do’s and don'ts will definitely vary from climate to climate, and a cold environment is one of the most challenging ones in which to keep your skin happy and healthy.
Redness, chapped lips, flaking skin; these are all going to be waiting for you under the tree come Christmas day if you don’t take precautions.
It’s not just the cold outdoors that you need to worry about, but also all of the dry indoor heat that you’ll be exposed to all Winter long.
No need to worry, though, cos we’ve got you! The list below will fill you in on all the things you need to do to keep your skin happy in Winter: from choosing a foundation for dry skin that’s only dry in the Winter to keeping yourself moisturized and safe from elemental damage.
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Moisturize, Moisturize and Moisturize Some More.
While this might seem like an elementary makeup and skincare tip to most, it’s a step that some people forget about altogether. The cold air is going to dry your skin out, so will the heating that you’re constantly exposed to indoors.
For the Winter, it might be wise to select a different moisturizer to the one you use during the summer months. Your Winter moisturizer can be a lot heavier and creamier and needs to be able to lock in every skincare step that came before it, as well as the moisture that your skin so desperately needs.
Remembering when you moisturize is also crucial. Instead of moisturizing whenever you think about it or feel dry, moisturize as soon as you get out of the shower, while your pores are all still open and the skin is slightly damp. Incidentally, this is a tip that will work wonders for the skin on your body as well as your hair.
Every part of you is prone to dryness during the winter. Switch to a milky and hydrating cleanser so that your skin is receiving layers of moisture in every step of the skincare and makeup process.
This is also a tip that works for your hair and the rest of your body!
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Steer Clear of Powders
Instead of using a pressed or loose powder after your foundation, opt out of that step altogether. The powder can make fair skin (you’re likely to be a little bit fairer in the Winter than the Summer) look drier than it actually is.
Not only that, but the powder is designed to suck up moisture and provide a matte finish, and that’s moisture your skin needs to keep in the Winter. If your skin is already dehydrated, the powder will make any skin flakes or patches show up very clearly.
During the Winter, you should use only liquid or cream foundations, as these often have moisturizing properties within the makeup itself. Any matte formula will further dry the skin and, just like with powder, will further show any already inflamed, flaky, or irritated skin rather than covering it up.
It would also be wise to switch from a mattifying primer, which is what most people use, to a luminous one just for the Winter months.
Give your Winter face a slight sheen by using a liquid highlighter. Wet your beauty blender a little bit, the same way you wound to apply or blend foundation, dab a little highlighter onto the sponge and dab the sponge along your cheekbones, the tip and bridge of your nose, and your forehead. You’ll glow!
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Take a little bit of extra care with your skin in the cold months. Regularly apply moisturizing masks as these are intensive treatments that can help boost your skin and really keep it balanced. Once a week should be sufficient. You could also add a humidifier to your bedtime routine.
Treat your skin from the inside out by eating healthy foods and drinking loads of water too.
While Winter can be a challenging time for your skin, there’s no reason that you can't conquer the cold season with our list of tips!