Oh, winter. I love the snow, but the cold air and harsh wind just doesn’t do any good for my dry skin and lips! Here are a few easy steps you can take to make sure your skin and lips stay smooth and hydrated (and your foundation/lipstick doesn’t flake, crack, or cake!):
1. Moisturize at least twice a day, preferably with a heavy duty one, if you have dry skin. If you have oily skin, moisturize with a lightweight lotion one to two times a day.
2. Use hydrating masks at least once a week if your skin is dry. If you have oily skin, use hydrating masks and oil/acne control masks once or twice a month (depending on what your skin is doing).
3. Don’t touch your face! It will make you break out, which will make you want to skip moisturizer, which will dry your skin out even more.
4. Eat healthy (ish) and exercise. I understand it’s hard to do so (especially during the holidays!) but it makes you less likely to break out and keeps your skin glowing! You do NOT have to give up dessert all the time (I PROMISE!), but try to squeeze some fresh fruits and vegetables in at least 3 times a week and exercise (even for a few minutes!) at least 3 times a week. Trust me, my skin looks so much better when I eat my fruits and veggies and exercise! Take your vitamins, too 🙂
5. If you have an acne spot that’s really bothering you, use acne cream CAREFULLY. It will dry out the spot and the skin around it, which will make it flake under foundation. If it’s necessary, do it, but don’t skip moisturizer and don’t use spot cream very often. Check out my “How To Keep Skin Clear” post if you want to know more.
6. Keep your lips moisturized, too! Use lip balm throughout the day. MAKEUP ARTIST TIP: Most of us are tempted to use lip products that contain petroleum jelly, like Vaseline. Don’t do that! As Jemma Kidd says in her book, Makeup Secrets, petroleum jelly sits on the surface, and though it feels good initially, it can be drying in the long run. Look for ingredients like beeswax, Vitamin E, shea butter, and oils (like olive oil or jojoba oil) to get a truly moisturizing balm.
What are your tricks for keeping your skin and lips hydrated in wintertime? Did these tips help you out? Let me know in the comments!