Welcome to Tell Me About It Tuesday! Sorry I’ve been a little MIA lately. Life got crazy & work got crazier so I had to let something slide for a bit. This blog is usually it when that happens. But hopefully I’ve scheduled out enough posts to not go MIA again and still work!
Today I want to talk about something that I have to deal with each year while living in Maine–cold weather beauty routines! I’ve learned a thing or two over the last 28 winters here and I want to share my tips with you!
Now if we could all look that cute while freezing our buns off we’d be good to go huh?
So as you know by now I prefer to not spend a lot on anything in my life & am always looking for ways to do it myself first. With beauty I believe there are a lot of great products at drugstores and you don’t need to spend more than $10 on something to get the latest in skincare technology.
Let’s get started on the list!
1. Start in the shower. Yes, really. Turn the water temp down ladies! I know it’s cold, I know the hot shower feels good. I know. But you are ruining your skin!! Scorching hot water is drying out your skin & creating those very un-appealing crocodile scales. Cost: FREE
2. Bring a washcloth in the shower and do a gentle rub to your face while washing it & lightly rub your lips (you can also rub your lips with the toothbrush when you are done brushing your teeth for the night & rinse it off) too. (You can continue down your body after softly exfoliating your face/lips) This will get off those scaly patches and leave you with the softest skin possible. Cost: FREE (if you already have a washcloth)
3. As soon as you turn off the water when you are done with your shower you should first reach for the lotion & not your towel. In the winter get a heavier/creamier facial moisturizer and gently rub it into your face, neck & at least the back of your hands (I do my arms usually too). This is a facial moisturizer that has SPF in it & you need to protect areas you might not have thought about before. Your neck & backs of your hands are exposed to the wind, cold & sun everyday-protect them! Before you towel off you should apply a good full body lotion/cream to your skin as well to avoid the scales & itchiness. Cost: $2-$8 for a good facial moisturizer & $2-$15 for a good body lotion
image via walgreens
4. Same goes for your lips (although you can towel off & get dressed before you apply it ). Apply a good lip protectant/chapstick with SPF & moisturizers. I use a moisturizing, SPF tinted lip balm so I don’t have to put lipstick on later. Cost: $0.99-$2
image via walgreens
5. Now you are all exfoliated & lotion-ed up. This is the fun part! Trends come & go each season but I stick to a few basics each winter. I stay away from turquoise or tangerine colors since to me, those are more ‘summer’ colors. I love plums, shimmery pinks, whites, deep blues, etc. for eyes & light pinks and roses for lips. While you don’t have to worry about it ‘melting’ off your face in those sweltering summer days I still like to keep my makeup light in the winter. I just use creamier foundations/lotions so my face is well moisturized. Cost: Varies with how many products you use but each product should be under $10.
Side tip: If you have a foundation you use in the summer and is a couple shades darker than your skin in winter you can easily use it by making it lighter. How do you do that? Put a pea sized blob in your hand and then squeeze some of your facial moisturizer (with SPF!) on top and mix together until fully blended. This will lighten your foundation.
6. Don’t forget to pick up a fun color for nail polish while you are at the drugstore! That is the one thing that can make an outfit pop & it doesn’t matter what season you are in! Cost: $2-$6 per bottle
So tell me: What’s your #1 ‘go-to’ beauty tip for winter? Share in the comments!
Have a happy day,
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