It’s commonly known that our skin and hair require special treatment in winter. The mistakes that we now make may have terrible results. Read on and check how to avoid them – sometimes all it takes is just changing your beauty routine.
1. WEARING CLOTHES THAT SCRATCH YOUR SKIN
If just like me, you couldn’t imagine making it through winter without a warm sweater, a woolen blanket, and tights, try to pick the ones that do not “scratch” and irritate the skin – it’s not only a matter of comfort, but also the condition of your skin. Irritated skin gets dry very quickly, which might result in allergies, or nettle-rash. Delicate skin can get irritated, if you don’t wear anything underneath your woolen sweater, so that’s why I always go for a top. Remember that on frosty days one should keep more attention to proper skin nutrition. Always have a lotion around (like THIS one), oils (check TESE), and use good-quality bath gels (THIS or THIS one)! 😉
2. LOSING YOUR GLOVES
The body part that suffers most from frost exposure are our hands, especially if you keep forgetting your gloves or take them off to scroll through your Instagram feed while you’re waiting for your bus 😉 Hand skin is very sensitive. Improper care may result in dehydration, irritation, or even frost bites. Unfortunately, it sometimes takes years for these to disappear. If you want to have beautiful hands, wear warm gloves, or a stylish muff, and make sure to apply special handmasks overnight (check out THIS one). Use moisturizing handcreams during the day (I like THIS one). Vitamin A ointment is also a great choice. Read more about it in my Best Reasonably Priced Winter Cosmetics article.
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3. STRONG EXFOLIATION AND ACID-BASED COSMETICS
Body scrubs, acid cosmetics, exfoliating treatments (microdermabrasion) are the best way of getting rid of imperfections – minor wrinkles, pimples, and discolorations and making your skin glow. Be sure not to schedule an appointment when the temperature drops below zero. Winter is not the best time for these treatments – I know it from my own experience. When it’s cold, your skin is more exposed to all kinds or irritations, that’s why you shouldn’t leave it without any protection. Make sure to use special cosmetics throughout the whole winter – I recommend this delicate peeling. Remember not to exfoliate too much in the summer either, as strong sunrays may cause discolorations. It’s best to plan a series of exfoliating treatments early in spring.
4. FORGETTING ABOUT FOOTCARE
Admit it – doesn’t it happen to all of us? We pay a lot of attention to foot care in spring, yet forget about it in winter? Well, you’re not alone 😉 Many women think that it’s too early to start thinking about it in winter. They couldn’t be more wrong – it’s better to start exfoliating and applying moisturizing creams (check out THIS one) and going to sleep in special socks (I recommend THESE or THESE) now, than having to do it all last minute 😉 Trust me – putting your feet into hot water while watching a movie or reading a book is totally a blast. It doesn’t only make your feet smooth, but also helps you fight a cold 😉 It’s like killing two birds with one stone 😉 You can read more on footcare in THIS post.
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5. NO SUNBLOCK
Even though noone thinks about sunbathing, you need to remember about wearing sunblock in winter as well. It’s not NECESSARY in the city, yet becomes essential on the slope, when the rays get reflected by the sun. Lack of sun protection may result in permanent skin damage, accelerate aging processes (through damaging collagen fibers, which influence skin elasticity), causing discolorations or even serious diseases, including skin cancer. If you’re scared that the cream’s formula might clog your pores – don’t worry. There’re more and more creams for problematic skin available in stores now.
6. MOISTURIZING WITH WATER-BASED CREAMS
While moisturizing your skin should be one of the most important facial treatments of the summer, when winter comes, you should mainly… apply oil-based creams, which protect the skin from the negative impact of cold weather. It’s better to go for S.O.S. lotions, instead of water-based creams (check THIS one out), or oil-based cosmetics (like THIS cream). Bear in mind that they’re absolutely necessary, if you’re skiing or walking in low temperatures. They’re also a good option if you’re in a room with central heating, which makes the skin dry.
7. LEAVING WITH YOUR HAIR WET
Cold winter air combined with heating in flats or offices makes your hair dry, leaving it prone to all kinds of damage and static. You should bear in mind that your hair deserves special treatment in winter. Moisturize it and treat it with a special serum from time to time (check THIS one). Remember never to leave with your hair wet – the water freezing on your hair will make it crumble. Not to mention getting sick 😉 A cap is such a stylish accessory! You can find proof on that even in my Winter Accessories – Boost Your Style For Less Than EUR 10 article.