I know, I know, its the middle of winter. Stinking cold (God bless you if you’re dancing around under the warm sun in a righteous climate). Even if you do like the cold, it’s hard to deny the evil developments of dry skin, chapped lips, and sinfully pale complexions. The spring is ever so hopefully in sight, but while we’re waiting for it to make its glorious appearance, I’m going to share with you a few of my most treasured skin care/beauty tips that help me weather the winter.
Quite honestly, some might seem basic to you, but I must say I was surprised at the volume of girls to which these tricks were new information when I started asking around. I’m not about keeping helpful tips to myself so pass them around! They can be lifesavers. Not in any particular order, but five to try!
Vaseline - Vaseline is a best friend of mine winter through summer. Vaseline literally has endless uses, two favorites of which I am going to bring to the table today. First, lip moisturizer. It’s seriously the best. You can use it only at night if you don’t prefer the way it feels or looks (although it is clear and tends to look beautifully hydrating and glossy), or you can use it every hour of every day like me. I have one in my car, in my bathroom, in my purse, at my desk, and on my nightstand. The dermatologist informed me that the difference between Vaseline and Chapstick is that Chapstick draws the oils already in your lips to the surface and thats why you have to keep using it, while Vaseline adds oils, allowing them to soak in and result in more hydration. Secondly, Vaseline makes eyelashes stronger/thicker/longer. When I apply vaseline to my eyelashes overnight, I realize a difference in the strength and fullness of my lashes.
Tripple Antibiotic Ointment - Tripple Antibiotic Ointment is most commonly used for cuts and wounds where it works to fight off bacteria and heal skin. Though a bit more uncommon, I have found that triple antibiotic ointment is a miracle worker when it comes to concentrated areas of dry skin, and blemishes! I would suggest applying it at night and watch your dry skin and blemishes DISAPPEAR in 1-3 nights.
Exfoliate – Exfoliating is an important step that many of us often miss. Though you may not know that there is dead skin on your face, it needs to be removed about once a week with an exfoliant. One of my favorites is Clean & Clear Deep Action Exfoliating Scrub, you can get it at Walmart, Target, or just about any drugstore.
Moisturize – I think this very well could be the most important step. I cant stress this enough. You have to moisturize your skin. At night you can use a bit of a heavier moisturizer or cream, but in the daytime I would choose something with a “daytime” label or serum. Clean & Clear also has some good daytime moisturizers if your looking for something prior to your makeup. Morning Burst Morning Glow Moisturizer is a good one by Clean & Clear.
BB Cream – Here’s a little tip to help fight the winter blues. My L’Oreal Paris tinted BB cream is one of my most favorite things in my skin care and makeup kit. If there’s ever a time I forget it put it on before my foundation, I always notice almost instantly. BB cream, in my opinion, is the best resolution to avoiding that “cakey” makeup look and replacing it with a dewy, hydrated finish. Easy to do in the summer, much harder to achieve in the winter. The link I attached for the L’Oreal brand is amazing. Try it out, a little goes a long way!