Beauty Essentials for the Winter
As the seasons change from cool to cold, there are a lot of things to think about when it comes to your beauty routine. Your everyday skincare and makeup up routine can change depending on how hot it is outside or how cold it is. I know for me, during the summer I like to use a lot of mattifying products because I am oily and the heat makes me even more oiler. All of my beauty essentials change from season to season.
During the wintertime, I change my beauty routine to fit the weather. My skin tends to feel more dryer because it is so cold. I like to incorporate a lot of hydrating products to combat the needs of all the dryness that my face feels during wintertime. You can also read my post (Best Drugstore Beauty Products) for more options of great beauty products to use in the wintertime. I have made a list of the types of beauty essentials you should aim for when it comes to cold weather. I am not a dermatologist nor am I a professional in skin care, but these are some of the beauty products that work really well for me during this time of the year.
Moisturizing Face Wash
As we know, you’re supposed to wash your face daily. Washing your face cleanses your skin from all of the dirt and makeup from the day. But with the colder weather, it is very important to not overwash your face. Overwashing your face can strip your skin of all the important hydration that your skin needs. The winter weather has the tendency to dry out your skin as well. So it is important to not only wash your face but replenish your face with moisture. Finding a great moisturizing facial wash is great because it cleanses all of the dirt away, but it also replenishes moisture back into your skin.
You will also probably see a pattern in this post. A lot of the beauty essentials that I suggest have to do with moisture because it is so important to add moisture to your face during the cold months.
No matter your skin type (oily, dry, combo, or normal) you need moisturizer. Even in the summer, your skin needs moisturizer. I have oily skin, and I used to think that I didn’t need moisturizer. I didn’t want to make my face any oilier than it already was. I also felt like moisturizer was going to break me out for some reason. But as I got older, I started learning how important moisturizer was. What I learned is that when our skin lacks hydration, our bodies produce more oil to compensate for not receiving the hydration that it is thirsting for. Adding moisture brings back the balance that our skin needs.
Think about how our bodies need water. Water is the best form of hydration we can give our bodies. This is also true for moisturizers. Moisturizing helps you look younger, helps with wrinkles, reduces irritation, and your skin looks more vibrant. Honestly, the benefits of moisturizing are endless. Also, the great thing about moisturizers is there are different consistencies to fit any skin type, no matter if you are oily or dry, Moisturizers can range from a heavy cream to a thin water/gel type of consistency. There is something out there for everyone!
Because lips naturally become chapped and dryer in the winter, lip scrubs are awesome at removing dry and dead skin. Lip scrubs are an exfoliant for the lips. Using a lip scrub helps give your lips a smooth canvas for either lip balm or lipstick. For me, after I use a lip scrub my lips feel so much better and more smooth. You can use a lip scrub a couple of times a week, no need to over-exfoliate. Another great thing is you can easily make your own DIY lip scrub!! There are so many recipes on the internet to create a great lip scrub. Most natural DIY lip scrub ingredients include sugar and coconut oil.
Of course, using lip balm in the winter is an important beauty essential. If you want smooth and moisturized lips for this winter, then having a great lip balm or lip chap is important to have. I also like using lip balms with a tint to them because my lips have the tendency to look super washed out during these cold months. Using a lip balm with a natural tint also brings color back to my lips which helps me feel not so washed out.
Because our hands are more likely to be exposed to cold weather, a good hand cream is great to have. Hand creams are usually a lot thicker than your standard lotion. Using a great hand cream helps keep your hands moisturized for a lot longer. Also, your hands are one of the first places that age, so using a good hand cream is a great beauty essential to help keep your hands youthful and from being dried out.
Facial serums are super beneficial and are a great thing to incorporate into your skincare regimen. A lot of people are scared of facial serums because hello they equate oils to breakouts, but that is far from the case. Not only do face serums provide even more hydration to your skin, but they also help lock hydration in for longer periods of time. Facial serums can also help even out skin for a more nourished and balanced complexion. They also can contain great vitamins that keep your skin healthy. Who doesn’t need this for the cold and chilly days?
Primer is considered a top beauty essential If you are a makeup wearer. It is so important to prep your skin before you apply your makeup. Taking care of your skin with the skincare essentials I mentioned above is important in your beauty routine because it creates a great foundation for a great makeup application. Because the winter can leave your skin feeling dry, you want to make sure your face isn’t dry before applying your foundation. Trust me, you can easily see dry skin and patches through your foundation. A great primer helps your foundation go on evenly and smoothly. If you don’t feel like you need a hydrating primer, you can always opt for a regular primer. But a hydrating primer continues to help prepare your skin for cold weather.
Just like with the primer, you don’t have to pick a hydrating foundation. It is just an option for anyone who wants to go full-out hydration this winter. If you have super oily skin, you can get away with not choosing a primer that’s hydrating. But with a cold and chilly winter, a hydration foundation gives you a dewy look without worrying about your face looking oily.
If a hydrating foundation is not for you, maybe choose a concealer that leaves your under eyes hydrated. You’re under eyes are another place that can show early signs of aging as well because the skin underneath is very delicate and thin. Using an overdrying concealer can leave your under eyes looking really dried out, and who wants that? Concealers with hyaluronic acid are a great way to give your under eyes moisture when you are doing your makeup.
I am probably biased here because I love blush. I wear blush no matter the season. But I especially love blush in the wintertime. As I start to lose my summertime tan, I really love adding color to my face so it doesn’t look washed out. There are so many different types of blushes on the market to choose from. Blushes can range from powder to cream to liquid. No matter your skin type, there are a ton of options you can choose from to help give you a little flush to your skin.
Just like with blush, I love adding color to my lips as well. For me, I need something on my lips because again I can look really washed out. I love wearing red especially during this time of the year. If you are scared of red, you shouldn’t be. Red lipstick comes in so many shades and undertones that everyone should be able to find the right tone.
These are just a few beauty essentials that work for me during this time of the year. As always these are just suggestions. Everyone is different with specific needs when it comes to their personal skincare and makeup preference. But I just love sharing what I enjoy the most when it comes to beauty.