The temperature’s dropped below 0, there’s finally snow outside our windows. Even though winter can be charming, it’s a very challenging season for our skin. How to protect it from the frost? Use my simple winter care tips!
1. PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT YOU EAT
If you want your skin to be beautiful in winter, pay as much attention as you pay to your cosmetics to what you eat. Eat products rich in fats and E, A, C vitamins, as they provide „protection from the inside” and moisturize it properly. Reach for buckwheat, barley, oily fish, olive oil, citrus fruits, carrots, beetroots. Avoid eating raw fruits – steam cook them, for example. You can also support yourself with supplements – not only will it help you keep a beautiful appearance, but also enforce the defence mechanisms of your organism 😉
2. CHOOSE THE RIGHT CREAM
Put light moisturizing formulas (gel ones) away. Apply creams of a rich reviving formula – fat and half fat ones – as they’re created especially to be used in winter. It’ll provide a lipid layer to your face, which’ll protect it from dry and frosty winter air. Kids creams will do great – my favorite Bambino, for example. Check also products for sensitive atopic skin (like THIS one). If you have problems with acne, look for antibacterial cosmetics that don’t clog your pores at the same time. Check out Cicaplast by La Roche Posay (you’ll, get it, for example, HERE). Don’t be scared to use cosmetics that contain water, yet make sure to wait a few minutes after you’ve applied the cream to leave the house. The water will start evaporating already.
3. GO FOR THESE INGREDIENTS
When you reach for any cosmetics – whether they’re colorful, conditioning, pay attention to their ingredients. In winter, reach for protective creams with vitamin A, glycerin and oils. Go for hyaluronic acid – it protects the skin from getting dehydrated by binding water in the skin. Propylene glycol works similarly, as it’s absorbed as deep as the “horny layer” of the skin (so called “film”). Natural cosmetics are also a good option – shea butter, bee wax, seasame oil, or coconut oil. Just because it’s winter, don’t forget to use sunscreens. Apply it everytime you leave the house, and, if you’re spending the day skiing – have it around and reapply it a few times a day. Ease irritations using creams with chamomile or allantoin.
4. PROTECT YOUR LIPS, NOSE AND HANDS
Pay attention to these parts of your body that are extremely vulnerable to cold. Protect your lips applying a special lipstick (like THIS one here), coconut oil, or Vaseline (check THIS one). Don’t lick your lips when it’s windy 😉 If you’re spending your time outside, apply some cream around your nose, especially, when it’s blocked. Carry a hand cream with you (I recommend THIS one) and… gloves 😉 If your fingers get cold, it’ll go red everytime the temperature changes.
5. MAKE FRIENDS WITH NIGHT CARE
Winter is the perfect moment for night beauty treatments. Apply a drop of serum (like THIS one, for example) on your skin right before you go to sleep, or a thick layer of your favorite cream. It’ll help your skin irritated by the cold and stuffy nose regenerate. Before you lie down, apply a moisturizing mask or a balm on your feet and put warm cotton socks on. You can also look for (HERE, for example) for special disposable moisturizing socks. I totally love them! 😉
6. CHANGE YOUR MAKE-UP (AND THE WAYS YOU REMOVE IT)
During the summer you were successfully using your beloved light BB (beauty balm) or CC (color cream) cream? Forget about them now. A layer of a stronger foundation will protect your skin in winter. Apply your make-up a few minutes after you’ve applied the cream. It’s best if you use a sponge, a beauty blender, for example. Make sure you remove your make-up thoroughly. Avoid products that contain alcohol, like face-cleansing tonics. Go for oil cleansing instead – I wrote about it HERE, or micellar water (like THIS one). Resign from using exfoliating acid cosmetics and strong peelings. Wait until winter’s over.
7. DON’T OMMIT THE REST OF YOUR BODY
In winter your whole body needs special care 😉 When your skin’s irritated by low temperatures, AC and woolen clothes, apply special moisturizers, like the ones containing urea (check THIS one), mango butter (like THIS one) or clone syrup (I’m a fan of THIS one). Use them when your skin’s still wet after you’ve had a shower. Don’t overdry your body with hot showers and always pour some moisturizing oil into the tub (THIS one smells awesome!)