I’m so excited to be doing a couple of beauty posts for y’all this week! In this post, I will be explaining to all of you the changes that need to happen to your beauty routine ASAP before winter hits, and in my next post I will be telling you about some of the must-have products for this winter that I am absolutely gushing over!
It is so important that with the change of seasons comes a change in your beauty routine, especially with the cold, dry air. And while we all know it’s difficult to switch up a routine you’re so used to doing, this is imperative if you want to keep a nice, soft and glowing complexion throughout the harsh winter months.
So here they are, the ways you need to change your beauty routine for the winter:
1. Hydration Is Key
This one may seem a little obvious to everyone, but you’d be surprised by how many people neglect to moisturize and drink extra water during the wintertime. I know I sound like a broken record, but drinking a lot of water during anytime of the year is important, especially during the dry months. Moisturizing extra is important too. During the summer months we may be able to get away with neglecting to moisturize every day, but during the winter time it is so important to keep your skin hydrated to avoid ashy, scaly skin. I like to use a body butter right after I get out of the shower, while my skin is still damp.
Water will keep your skin hydrated from the inside out, while moisturizing will keep your skin hydrated from the outside in.
2. Scrub a Little Here and There
While it may seem a little surprising to see that you actually should continue to use a scrub during the winter months, it is actually very important to your seasonal beauty routine. A scrub will help slough off all of those dead skin cells, leaving your skin soft and glowing. For your body, I suggest using a body scrub at least three times a week, if not more. If you have more sensitive skin, use a sugar scrub rather than a salt scrub and use it twice a week. You can also easily make sugar or salt scrubs at home! One of my favorites is:
- 4 parts sugar or salt
- 1 part coconut oil
- 1 part almond oil
- A splash of vanilla extract
This recipe is super easy to make and will leave your skin feeling super smooth and hydrated with the help of the oils. As for your face, stay away from using tough scrubs. During the summer I use a tea tree scrub every day from The Body Shop, but during the winter I opt for the vitamin C scrub 2-3 times a week instead. The vitamin C keeps your skin glowing and the scrub granules aren’t as tough on my skin.
3. Double Up On Face Cream
During the summer months I can get away with only putting on face cream after I’ve showered, but during the winter months when my face gets dry, I have to use a night cream as well. If you have combination skin like mine, I tend to only use the night cream on the extra dry parts of my face, like my cheeks and chin. My T-Zone produces enough oil in the night where I don’t need the extra moisture. For those of you with dry skin all over the face, I suggest using a vitamin E night cream. My favorite is the vitamin E night cream from The Body Shop, it’s super moisturizing and calms the skin as well. For those of you with oily skin, I suggest sticking with a gel moisturizer. The gel absorbs to the face more readily than cream and doesn’t leave a greasy film behind on the face. I suggest using the Seaweed Clarifying Night Treatment from The Body Shop (as you can see my favorite skin care products all come from The Body Shop ha!).
4. Eye Cream Is A Must
I’ve never been one to use eye cream because it’s just an extra step in my beauty routine that I felt I could do without. But, when my concealer started to appear cakey under my eyes, I knew it was time to add that step into my everyday routine. I’ve been consecutively using eye cream now for about two weeks and it has made a world of difference! My eyes are more moisturized, less dark, and less puffy. I use the eye cream before bed every night and I have really been seeing a difference in the mornings. I really like the Origins GinZing Eye Cream because it has caffeine and ginseng which reduce all signs of fatigue in the eyes (which is perfect for all the college gals out there like me!) and its super affordable at $30.
5. Don’t Forget About Your Hair
So I know I’ve preached this to all of you before, but hair oil is a must, especially during the dry winter months. I personally take it a step further as well and use a leave in hair mask twice a week to keep my hair looking shiny and to keep the frizz away. My favorite oil is the Organix Argan Oil of Morocco hair oil. It’s a perfect after-shower treatment that leaves my hair looking flawless. Also, the Organix Argan Oil of Morocco creamy hair butter twice a week works like magic. It repairs all signs of damaged hair and leaves the texture smooth and frizz free. Both products are extremely affordable at just $8.00 and $9.00 respectively.
Check back on Wednesday for a round-up of the must-have beauty items for the winter! I can’t wait to share them with you all!