Tips to Freshen Your Beauty Routine This Winter
Posted byAndrea King Collier
If you feel like your beauty routine is feeling a little stale, it probably is. When the seasons change is a great time to liven it all up with just a bit of time and effort. Whether it’s your skin care, makeup or tweaks to your wardrobe, this winter is the perfect time for a warm and cozy update.
Switch Up Your Skin Care Routine
If you use a foaming face wash in the warmer months, look for a richer cleanser that helps your skin transition and stay hydrated as the temperature drops. Skin can become rougher and flakier in winter, so it’s important to add exfoliation to the mix. The key is to use a gentle facial scrub that helps shed the dead, dull skin without causing redness and irritation.
Add a richer product to your skin care in colder months, because they create a better moisturizing barrier for your skin. There really is no one-size-fits-all moisturizing product. The lightweight varieties may not offer the same results when the icy wind, the air from indoor heaters, and the nonexistent humidity start drying out your skin. If you like the product you apply in the spring and summer, try switching to its creamier or winter-formulated version.
Just because there are fewer daylight hours and the earth tilts away from the sun, it doesn’t mean you can’t get sunburned. Many dermatologists recommend that their patients look for moisturizers and makeup products that contain SPF. And don’t forget lip balms that have an SPF. The lips are as just as susceptible to UV rays as the rest of your body.
Get a New Fragrance
One of the easiest changes you can make is a new signature fragrance. Experiment with savory or fruit-based notes, like basil, ginger, sage, agave, vanilla or orange. Whether it’s a spray perfume or a fragrant body oil, a change of scent can really lift your spirits and put you in a festive date mood. Think about layering your fragrance by using the same scent for your shower, body cream and a light misting before you head out for the day. Layering can help your fragrance last through the evening.
Play with Your Makeup
Add drama for date nights by doing a deep smoky eye with browns or grays and a neutral lip. If you use foundation, make sure you adjust the shade in the winter months when you’re getting less sun. Experiment with highlighters under the brow and just above the cheek to give your face a little more glow for a night on the town. While neutral shades of lipstick are great for the day, a pop of color in the winter gives your face a little life. Go for wines, reds or a deeper shade of neutral if you’re color shy.
Date Night Dressing
If your wardrobe needs a lift for the day or a boost to take you to date night, play with one of the hottest trends: layers. For daytime, pair a sweater, white button-down dress shirt and a tee. Hunt for layers that will take you comfortably and confidently from day to night. Layering gives you all the tools you need to stay cozy and stylish. Take it to the next level by wearing a fun necklace or vintage brooch with a little bling. If you’re stumped, don’t forget that pearls are a timeless accessory.
Add a scarf to your outfit. It adds warmth (obviously) and a much-needed shock of color to any outfit. There are so many ways to tie them to make an impact. The French knot can easily add drama or pair two scarves in complementary colors and patterns.
Tights give that extra little shot of warmth under that date night dress or skirt. Black tights are basic, but they come in all the colors of the rainbow to make your outfit pop. When it’s really cold outside, don fleece-lined leggings. Just remember: leggings are not pants! Avoid going solo with leggings unless you’re headed to the gym. Top it off with a pretty sweater, blazer or top that covers your “assets.”
Another key for date night is to make sure whatever you wear is comfortable and fits you to a T. Super high heels are only sexy if you can walk in them. If it’s snowy or icy, forget about it. Go for cute and comfortable shoes or fun boots.
By making just a few changes to your daily beauty routine, you can really make a difference in how you look and feel this winter.
- Posted by Andrea King Collier
- On February 8, 2017