Hi guys! Today I am sharing my top ten tips for soft, glowing skin during the winter time. If you know me, you know I love everything about this time of the year… except for the dry skin. The peeling cuticles, the scratchy, bleeding knuckles and the all over flakey-ness… not glamourous. I definitely struggle with dry skin every year, and it’s my number one pet-peeve. With this being said, I’ve recently found out that you can get vitamins for itchy skin, which sound hopeful! It starts with an itch and then becomes all flaky, which is not cute at all. Need to get this sorted for the winter, as the weather can be quite harsh on the skin. When my skin is dry, it’s unbearable… and I know I’m not the only girl (let alone, person) out there with this issue! Over the years, I have found a few tips and tricks that work best for me when the weather leaves my skin dry. SO… I hope you find at least one of these tips helpful this season!
1. DIY Manicures
Okay, so my hands definitely get the worst of it when the dry, cold weather rolls around. Having dry, peeling cuticles and itchy, rough, and sometimes even bleeding knuckles is one of the worst feelings in the world. An easy way to avoid this is treating yourself to an at home mani. There is something so therapeutic about doing your nails, not to mention you’ll save major cash this season doing it at home. You may think that summer time is the season to make your rounds at the nail salon, but winter time deserves pretty fingers and toes, too. If you are unsure about how to go about an at home mani, check out my post on my DIY mani here. Give those cuticles some love!
So, this one is a bit of a no brainer and a tried and true winter must… but I had to include it in the list. I love exfoliating all year long, but especially during the colder months. Exfoliating not only helps slough off dry, dead skin… but it also helps circulation, bringing color back to your skin (at least temporarily). I love a scrub with coffee grounds/ caffeine for circulation and oils to nourish. Check out Frank Body’s scrubs… they’re some of my favs!
This is an obvious one, but it’s so important! Be sure to moisturize after every shower, before bed, in the morning… whenever you can! Your skin will thank you.
4. Swap Hot for Cool
Even though the weather may be cold, and a hot shower is all you can think about after a long day, hot water is actually really drying. Opt for a warm shower instead of a boiling hot shower. Keep your towels ready to use and your warm PJs at hand, keep the heater on in your bathroom. But, whatever the temp of your shower/bath may be… never over-extend your time in the water. Your skin pruning is not a good sign and the longer the shower (especially if it’s a hot one) the longer the water has the opportunity to strip the oils from your skin- ultimately drying it out even further.
5. Over Night Moisture
So many brands create moisturizing masks that you can wear over night. They’re perfect for busy girls who don’t have time to sit with a mask on during the day, and they do wonders for your skin!
6. Body Oil
Similar to moisturizing, body oils are amazing for your skin! The only difference between lotions and oils is that lotions tend to be heavier and creamier, making them better at moisturizing deeper layers of the skin (at least in my experience- I’m no skin scientist). However, oils are great at giving your skin the glow it may be missing during the winter. I tend to prefer dry oils because they absorb quickly and don’t leave an icky residue behind.
7. Shimmer Shimmer
If you still don’t have the glow you’re after after using body oil, opt for a shimmer lotion or gel. Be sure to find one that is shimmery, not sparkly. You don’t want chunks of glitter sitting on your skin, ready to flake off. Instead, you’d want an all over shimmer (think high end highlighter vs. cheap highlighter). I have tried a few from bath & body work’s new shimmer mousse line and I really like them- check them out here.
8. Self Tanner
Another great way to add glow to your skin is to use a fake tanner. One of my favorites is the St. Tropez self tan mousse. It has a green base, so it gives an olive tan rather than an orange, oompa-loompa, tan. Always exfoliate and moisturize before self tanning, and avoid shaving for a few days before applying the self tanner. Shaving opens your pores, so if you apply your self tanner directly after shaving, the dye will seep into your pores leaving you with polka-dotted legs… not cute. I like to use a self-tanner mitt to apply, and only use the remaining mousse on the mitt on my hands and feet. That way, I don’t get dark patches that are obvious tanning mistakes. Use a sunless face tanning lotion for a sun kissed glow to your cheeks, too. Or, opt for bronzer if your skin is sensitive and easily clogged.
Drink more water, so much water, more water than ever before! Okay… so everyone knows water is good for you. Not only is it good for your insides, but it is so easy to step up your beauty game just by adding more water to your diet. Moisturize your skin from the inside out by drinking at least half a gallon of water a day. Blend water with cucumbers and lemon juice for extra hydration and glow.
10. Carrot Juice
Carrot juice is packed with vitamins that are great for your skin. It’s been said that carrot juice can even tinge your skin with a soft “orange” glow. Give your pale skin some nice, natural color with a glass of carrot juice. If you have never tried carrot juice before, don’t be scared! I know some veggie juices can be a bit earthy, but carrots actually make a smooth, sweet juice. It’s actually one of my favorite types of juices!
What’s your favorite tip to aid dry skin during the cold months? Did I miss one? Let me and fellow readers know below in the comments! Talk to you in the next post & have a merry Christmas week!!