Winter is coming. And it sucks. Ok, it brings Christmas, and hot chocolate, and… no, that’s pretty much all I like about winter.
What I don’t like? The freezing cold temperatures and unrelenting chilly winds that cause havoc on my skin and hair.
Gone is the soft, glowy, flawless skin I enjoyed all summer long. In winter, when I look in the mirror, I see a scaly reptilian with dull, flaky skin and lifeless hair. Ugh.
Not this year. I’m determined to tackle all these problems head-on, so I, and you, can enjoy great skin all winter long. Here’s how:
Problem #1: Dry, Flaky Skin
The cold winter weather robs our skin of the essential moisture it needs to stay soft and healthy. Without it, it becomes all dry and flaky. Hello, alligator! And then, in the worst cases, there’s bleeding too. Ouch!
Dr Dennis Gross Age Erase Moisture With Mega 10 Plus ($48.00)
Infused with hyaluronic acid, vitamins, and peptides, this moisturizer keeps skin well-hydrated while reducing the appearance of wrinkles and preventing new ones from forming. Available at Amazon.
Paula’s Choice Clinical Ultra Rich Moisturizer ($30.00)
Perfect for very dry skin, this thick, rich (but not greasy!) moisturizer contains shea, mango, and coconut butters to moisturize skin and nurse it back to health. It also contains antioxidants and soothing agents to help you age more slowly and reduce irritations. Available at Paula’s Choice.
Problem #2: Flaky Foundation
If you have some redness, blemishes, or discolourations, you can just put foundation on and… Hello, gorgeous, flawless skin! But when your skin is dry and flaky? Your foundation will go on flaky and crusty too! Ugh, so annoying!
Using a richer moisturizer to fix your skin helps. But in the meantime, what are we supposed to do? Switch to a more moisturizing foundation too. Or, if you don’t need much coverage, a BB Cream, CC Cream, or tinted moisturizer that evens out the skintone while boosting skin’s hydration.
Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Reveal Lift Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 25 ($73.00)
I know, the price is outrageous. But I believe that, if something works wonders, it’s worth paying a bit more for it. And this foundation is amazing for dry skin. It even out the skintone, boosts moisture content, and even provides protection against UV rays. You do get a lot for your buck. Available at Sephora.
Strictevin Clinical Corrector Anti-Aging Face Tint With Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($39.00)
If you really can’t justify D&G prices, try this CC Cream. It’s one of the best I’ve come across. Perfect for dry skin, it’ very moisturizing, packed with antioxidants, and provides broad spectrum protection too! Available at Amazon.
Problem #3: Sallow Complexion
When skin is dry and flaky, it’s not able to naturally slough off dead cells. So, they accumulate on the surface, leaving our faces so dull and lifeless. All the light’s taken out of them.
A little exfoliation can help. My favourite exfoliants contain glycolic acid. In addition to exfoliating skin, it also hydrates it and boost collagen production (bye bye wrinkles!). There’s nothing better for dry winter skin.
Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% AHA ($25.50)
I’m addicted to Paula’s Choice exfoliants. This one contains glycolic acid together with antioxidants and hydration boosters to exfoliate, de-age, and hydrate your face. Available at Paula’s Choice.
Derma E Overnight Peel With Alpha Hydroxy Acids ($16.95)
This exfoliant contains a bunch of Alpha Hydroxy Acid (glycolic, lactic, and malic acids) to remove dead cells, reduce hyperpigmentation, and give skin a radiant glow. It’s available at Amazon.
Problem #4: Runny Mascara
Those chilly winds can make us cry. As those two or three tears trickle down our faces, so does our mascara. And, of course, we’re always the last ones to notice. For some reason, people think it’s more polite to let you go about your business looking like a racoon than gently telling you your mascara has smeared. Go figure.
Unless you dig the raccoon look (raccoons do have their charms after all), you should invest in a good waterproof mascara. They’re more stubborn and able to resist water, sweat, and whatever you throw at it.
Bobbi Brown No Smudge Mascara (26.00)
For once a mascara that’s true to its name. It stays put all day, rain or shine. You can even go swimming with it, and it won’t budge. It works so well, it’s actually a pain to remove! Available at Sephora.
Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara ($32.00)
I find Chanel makeup terribly boring (sorry, but everything is so sheer and ordinary), but the mascaras are exceptional. This is no exception. It thickens and lengthens lashes, and just won’t budge. You can get a tube at Nordstrom.
Problem #5: Red And Itchy Cheeks
Brrr! It’s freezing cold outside. And that wind! It makes our cheeks all red. And no, I’m not talking about that healthy redness that appears on our cheeks after a winter workout. Nope, this is full on irritation! And there’s nothing pretty about it.
The solution? Toners, serums, and moisturizers full of aloe vera, green tea, allantoin, chamomile, and other soothing agents. They calm down irritations, reduce redness, and help skin get healthy again.
Paula’s Choice Clinical Instant Calm Advanced Redness Relief Treatment ($18.00)
This toner-like formula is full of soothing agents, such as green tea and colloidal oatmeal, to quickly relieve redness and irritations. Like all Paula’s Choice products, it’s also packed with antioxidants to fight premature aging. Get yours at Paula’s Choice.
Dermalogica Gentle Soothing Booster ($50.00)
This treatment also contains a bunch of anti-irritants to calm down troubled, inflamed skin. The formula’s pretty basic, especially for the price, but it does the trick. It’s available at Amazon.
Problem #6: Chapped Lips
Winter isn’t happy with destroying only our skin. No, no, it must cause havoc on our lips as well. Cracks, bleeding, peeling.. it’s not a pretty sight, and it hurts too.
Being a lip balm addict doesn’t save you. But switching to a more hydrating, richer formula will. In winter, it’s all about hydration.
Eucerin Aquaphor Lip Repair ($3.99)
Who said you need to spend a fortune to get healthy, kissable lips? Not Eucerin. The brand’s packed Aquaphor Lip Repair with hydrating, antioxidants, and soothing ingredients to take care of chapped lips once and for all. Available at Amazon.
Clinique Superbalm Lip Treatment ($14.50)
A pricer version of Eucerin Aquaphor Lip Repair, this lip treatment too is infused with antioxidants and soothing agents to nourish our lips. And, of course, it’s super moisturizing. Oh, and did I mention how lovely its glowy finish is? You can buy a tube at Sephora.
Problem #7: Sunburns
I bet you didn’t expect to see sunburns here. Aren’t they a summer problem? Not really. We can get sunburns all year round. We’re particularly prone to them in winter, especially when we go skiing or on holiday in the mountains when we’re closer to the sun, because we don’t expect to get one. We lower our protection, and we get burnt for it.
Luckily, there’s a very simple solution. One we often forget to follow. Pile on the sunscreen! And apply it regularly throughout the day, at least when you are outdoors! You’ll keep sunburns away and age much better too. Win win.
Sunumbra Sunkids 40 ($28.70)
This is my favourite sunscreen. Like all the best sunscreens, it contains zinc oxide, but it’s very lightweight. And tinted, so it doesn’t leave that ugly white cast behind. It’s also packed with antioxidants so it helps fight wrinkles too. You can check out my full review here and buy it at Sunumbra.
Jason Natural Pure Natural Sun Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($11.50)
This too contains zinc oxide, but it’s not tinted, so you’ll have to put up with the white cast. But it’s worth it. It protects skin from UV rays very well, and is also infused with antioxidants and soothing agents, so it’s perfect even for very sensitive and troubled skin. It’s available at iHerb.
The Bottom Line
Don’t let winter woes catch you unaware! Follow the tips above, and get ready to rock healthy skin, flawless makeup, and a kissable pout through rain, snow, and hail all winter long.
What winter beauty problems often affect you? How do you deal with them?