Now that December has arrived, it’s beginning to feel a lot like winter in Los Angeles (finally!). It always comes on suddenly; it’ll be hot until it’s not. But alas, with the drastic drop in temperature and the wind picking up, our skin and hair tend to take the brunt of it. To beat the weather at its own game, we’ve got to switch up our beauty routine for winter so we can look our best this season.
Ditch the Powders and Mattes
Powders and matte products can call attention to dryness on the skin and lips. To help keep skin moisturized and looking vibrant, switch to cream products for the face. This includes cream blushes, cream eyeshadows, and liquid highlighters. These can instantly uplift dry, dull skin and help you achieve (or fake) a healthy, natural glow. You’ll also see benefit from switching out your matte foundations for bb/cc creams that have a satin or dewy finish. Set your makeup with a setting spray to keep everything in place, and spritz throughout the day when you need a little refresher.
Products Pictured: Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator // Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick // NYC Smooth Skin BB Creme // Maybelline Color Tattoo // e.l.f. HD Blush // Rimmel Wake Me Up Instant Radiance Shimmer Touch // Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray // Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup
Treat Your Hair to a Deep Condition
My hair gets even drier and frizzier in the winter. Not only do outside elements suck the life out of it, but running the heater inside can also cause dull hair. I find weekly deep conditioning treatments to do the trick in keeping my hair shiny and healthy. Don’t forget to apply leave-in oils throughout the week to maintain the moisture. Concentrate on your ends, which tend to dry out the quickest!
Products Pictured: DermOrganic Leave-In Treatment // Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil // Freeman Beauty Papaya & Mango Moisture 3 Minute Conditioner // Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque // Nuance Salma Hayek Healthy Shine Nourishing Oil
Choose Heavier Moisturizers and Lotions
Is your light summer moisturizer feeling sub-par with the weather changes? Instead of applying more and more, you may need something a heavier to combat dry patches and scaly skin. Since I use so many liquid/cream products in my makeup routine during winter, I tend to focus on switching up my nighttime moisturizer. I’ll opt for something rich and emollient that will refresh my skin overnight. On nights I really need a skin saver, I’ll use a serum for extra moisture. I also make it a point to apply eye cream to keep the delicate skin in that area soft. Body butters are an especially luxurious and effective choice for keeping the rest of your skin hydrated. Applying shower oils will also help prevent tight skin post-shower.
Products Pictured: Soap & Glory The Righteous Body Butter Body Lotion // Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturizer // Suave Moroccan Infusion Dry Body Oil // Aveeno Skin Relief Shower & Bath Oil // Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer
When Choosing New Products, Don’t Skip the SPF!
Just because the sun’s not out doesn’t mean you get to skip the SPF! UV rays are still present, and sometimes stronger, on cloudy days. So when you’re swapping out that summer shade foundation for your not-so-tan shade (sorry…), make sure you’re still getting everything your skin needs to stay protected. Learn more about protecting your skin from winter sun damage in my post here.
Exfoliation is Key
It’s time to step up your exfoliating game! To smooth out your skin and eliminate patchiness, use a gentle exfoliant to revitalize your face and body. When you’re exfoliating, avoid using too much pressure while rubbing so you don’t irritate your skin. This will rid your face and body of dead skin so that moisturizers will sink in more effectively and makeup will apply more smoothly. Follow up body exfoliation with a shower oil for baby smooth skin.