10 Fall/Winter Skincare and Makeup Tips

Winter can wreak havoc on your skin, making it dry, itchy, and irritated.  Cold, outside temps can leave your skin feeling raw, while indoor heat zaps moisture from the air and from your skin.  Here are a few simple ways to combat the causes of dry skin and a few makeup tips anyone can benefit from.

  1. Eat right and stay hydrated.
    • While it’s always important to drink lots of water it’s especially important in the winter.  Drinking water and eating foods rich in omega 3 and fish oil will help hydrate your skin from the inside out!
  2. Lessen shower time and water temperature.
    • Avoid using excessively hot water when washing your hands or showering and keep your shower exposure to a minimum.  It’s extremely tempting and satisfying to take a long, steamy shower or bath, but your skin will be much better-served with 5- to 10-minutes in lukewarm water.
  3. Install or invest in a humidifier.
    • Using a humidifier in your home will add moisture to the air and help keep your skin hydrated. Run a humidifier in the rooms you spend the most time in, including your bedroom, or have a whole home humidifier installed.
  4. Lower your thermostat.
    • The first thing you want to do when it gets cold outside is crank up the heat! But central heat can make the air in your house even drier. Try setting the thermostat at a cool, yet comfortable setting of around 68°F to 72°F in the winter.
  5. Find a rich, hydrating moisturizer.
    • Dry skin is never a good thing, especially under makeup!  Using a good moisturizer is super important.  I really am loving this serum, and this moisturizer.
  6. Use fragrance-free cleansers and gentle soaps.
    • A bar of soap has a tendency to be very drying and can irritate already dry, itchy skin.  Opt for the fragrance-free and gentle face cleansers and, if possible, shower and lather up with soap less often.
  7. Avoid irritating, heavy clothing
    • Wool and other rough clothing can cause dry skin to get irritated and itchy.  Try wearing light layers of soft, breathable fabrics instead and don’t forget to cover your hands with gloves or mittens.
  8. Apply sunscreen.
    • I am very bad about remembering to do this on a daily basis, especially in the winter months when you think you don’t need it.  It’s easy to be fooled by the darker, dreary days but the sun’s harmful uv rays can penetrate the clouds and still cause damage.  On bright winter days, snow reflects the sun’s rays up to 80 percent!
  9. Use the colors mauve and plum.
    • Mauve and plum look beautiful on so many different skin tones!  Adding these colors to your cheeks, eyelids, and lips will be sure to make a statement.  I’m loving this blush, this eye shadow, and this lip color.
  10. Use a highlighter.
    • There’s never a better time to use a highlighter than in the winter.  Faking the glow of summer heat with a highlighter is key to you skin still looking radiant!

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See also, 8 tips to keep your skin hydrated during the winter months.

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