The minute the temperature begins to drop, my entire beauty regime needs an overhaul. Who would ever think that a few degrees could make such a big difference in your skin and hair? Of course, this is only the beginning...
Pretty soon winter will be upon us, which only makes the need for this new beauty regimen greater. The colder it gets, the worse my skin feels and looks, and the more out-of-control my hair becomes. I know what a pain it is to change your entire routine, so I put together a list of minor adjustments you can make that will make a major difference this season.
1. Switch to a creamy facial cleanser. Gels, soaps and scrubs can strip skin of essential moisture. As it gets colder out, it's more important than ever to protect your skin's delicate moisture barrier. Creamy cleansers are typically less drying than others which make them a good cold weather choice. H20 Plus Sea Pure Creamy Facial Cleanser is a great one to try.
2. Try a moisturizing mask. A good moisturizing mask can restore some of the moisture your skin has lost due to colder temps. Using a mask 1-2 times a week can be a lifesaver for dry skin sufferers. I like Energie Vitale Masque Hydratant Peau Radiante.
4. Turn down the heat. The higher you set your heat, the more it robs the air of precious moisture. Of course, you don't want to be freezing all the time, but particularly when you're sleeping, try to turn the heat down a few degrees and use an extra blanket.
5. Moisturize in the shower while still damp. As soon as you're done showering, very lightly pat dry and moisturize damp skin immediately. A moisturizer is most useful for preventing moisture loss, so if you can start with hydrated, damp skin, you'll get more out of your body lotion. Try Diandra Re-Plenish Skin Softening Body Lotion.
6. Watch your shower temperature. Super-hot water will strip your skin of much needed moisture and can further irritate already-dry skin. As unpleasant as it may sound, try taking a lukewarm shower instead. Save your skin!
7. Avoid products with high alcohol content. Speaking of moisture-strippers, alcohol is one of the biggest culprits. When it evaporates, it feels cool and soothing, and it takes all the moisture with it! During fall and winter, be sure to look for products with low or no alcohol content. That goes for hair products too!
8. Minimize blow-drying. Yes, it's true. Blow-drying is, in fact, drying. It's drying to your hair and your skin, so do it as little as possible, particularly in the fall and winter. Save it for special occasions if you can!
9. Be sure to protect lips. Lips can really take a beating when the weather gets cold, so be sure to protect them from the elements with a hydrating lip balm. Try Jean-Michelle Hydratante a Levres.
Garden Botanika High Intensity Foot Treatment.
Sometimes making small changes here and there can make a world of difference! Try these tips and let us know your thoughts. Enjoy your autumn 'cause winter's a-comin'!