We’ve been enjoying unseasonably cold and stormy weather, and as much as we love the cooler temperatures, cloudy skies, and being able to wear our favorite winter boots, we haven’t enjoyed the effects this weather has had on our skin or hair. Colder, drier weather can wreak havoc on your skin, hair, nails, and scalp, but a couple of product switches can instantly make a difference. Read on to discover our favorite beauty tips and products for surviving winter.
- Rethink your cleanser. If your skin feels dry during the day and tight after you wash it, you may need to swap your cleanser to a gentler formula. Cleansing waters are a great alternative to foaming cleansers, they remove makeup, dirt, and oil without needing water or stripping your skin dry. Simply wet a cotton pad with the cleansing water and swipe it across your skin to cleanse it.
Try: Shiseido Pureness Refreshing Cleansing Water, an oil-free cleansing water that is specially formulated for normal-to-oily skin.
- Boost your routine. Colder temperatures and drier air can make your skin feel dry and look dull. Adding a serum with hydrating and soothing ingredients to your routine can plump up your skin and give you back your glow. Since serums are usually lightweight, you can apply them before your favorite day or night cream for an extra boost.
Try: Codage Oh My Cold, a protective and repairing serum that contains moisture and lipids to keep your skin soft and hydrated all winter long.
- Beat a dry scalp. Your scalp may be another casualty of the winter. Dry air can affect your scalp just as much as it affects the skin on your face, and when your scalp dries out, you could be susceptible to flakiness. A gently exfoliating scalp treatment is an easy fix that will reduce flakiness and soothe an irritated scalp.
Try: SachaJuan Scalp Treatment. This scalp treatment contains natural essential oils to soothe your scalp while getting rid of flakes.
- Soothe dry skin. Rough, dry skin is a common complaint during the winter, but luckily, it is easily solved. The key is retaining moisture, which means swapping long, hot showers for shorter showers with lukewarm water to avoid stripping your skin. It also means switching your lightweight moisturizer for something a little heavier. We love using body oils to combat winter skin, you can use them on their own after your shower, or mix them with your lotion for an extra boost.
Try: REN Moroccan Rose Otto Ultra-Moisture Body Oil, a hydrating oil that will instantly nourish your skin and lock in moisture for long-lasting softness.
- Don’t forget your lips. Unlike the rest of your skin, your lips don’t have any of their own oil glands, which means dry, chapped lips can be a nuisance any time of the year. Exposure to cold, winter air can make this even worse and can also cause painful cracks. Keep your lips protected with a deeply nourishing lip balm and don’t forget to apply it throughout the day.
Try: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Targeted Sun Defense Stick SPF 50, a moisturizing, soothing, and protecting lip treatment that will nourish your lips for eight hours.