Guys, we’re almost to the end of this long, harsh winter and I can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel. Before you know it (hopefully) it will be spring and we’ll be preparing for warmer temperatures, brighter skies, and all those beautiful flowers! But, we must make it through this last stretch before we’re home free.
Unfortunately, this last little bit of winter is often the part that takes the biggest toll on us. We’ve just gone through months of darkness and biting cold and a lack of sunshine and brightness can often have adverse effects on our mental and physical health. That’s why I wanted to write this post today about health and beauty tips for the last bit of winter when we’re in the most need to be reminded of how to take care of ourselves during the dark days.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
This one seems to obvious, but you wouldn’t believe how often people neglect this step. When the air is so cold and dry you need to make sure you’re keeping your skin moisturized. I always moisturize once I’m out of the shower and I use lotions throughout the day as needed.
One trap that a lot of people fall victim to is using too many heavily scented lotions and moisturizers in the winter on their face. The skin on your face is different than the skin on your body, so it is often more sensitive. Be gentle with it and make sure you’re using products specifically formulated for your face.
A lot of times people will skim moisturizing their face, because, if you are like I was in high school, they believe that the extra oil on their already oily skin is what causes breakouts. However, a lot of times, dry skin and under moisturized skin is actually what causes breakouts. You skin overcompensates for the lack of moisture which creates too much buildup and blockage in the pores.
Also, if your skin is dry, beware of putting foundation on the dry patches. You want to make sure you’re moisturizing daily to help take care of all that dryness. Although I tend to wear more makeup in the winter (darker, heavier looks tend to go with the season), it’s always nice to give your skin a break, so try tinted moisturizers instead. They’ll keep you looking great and your skin feeling great.
Pay Attention to Hands and Feet
Your extremities often get the worst of the cold weather and dryness that is synonymous with the winter months. That’s why it’s important to make sure you’re moisturizing your hands and feet as much as possible.
Dry feet is something I suffer from a lot as a runner, so I’ve become a prop at doing foot scrubs. My favorite is brown sugar and olive oil. It’s so simple and incredibly effective. You just combine 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Combine to into a paste and use it to scrub your feet. Leave it on for approximately 20-30 minutes and then wash it off. Finally, finish up with your favorite moisturizer. It not only helps smooth out your dry spots) but it will leave your feet feeling fresh and happy!
You can also add some essential oils to the mixture for a little scent and the added bonuses that those oils have to offer.
Drink Lots of Water
When the sun isn’t beating down on you and you’re not sweating constantly throughout the day, it can be easy to let hydration fall to the side. But it’s just as important to continually drinking water through the winter. Not only does it keep your insides working properly, but it can also help you with dry skin issues as well, which is awesome!
Back in August I did the 30 day water challenge where you drink 64 ounces of water a day and I’ve actually been doing it again just to make sure I’m continually drinking water. I was surprisingly lacking and already I can feel the benefits it’s having on my skin, which I absolutely love.
Eat Those Fruits and Vegetables (You need Vitamins)
When the weather is getting colder that means a lot of yummy fruits and vegetables are out of season. It’s not only hard to come by fresh from the garden, locally grown produce, and the ones available at the supermarket can be overrun with chemicals and super expensive.
However, it’s crucial that you keep eating them, because they provide you with so many important nutrients that not only keep your skin and body healthy, but they also help fight against all those illnesses which are so common during the colder months.
One trick that I love using is buying a surplus of fruits and vegetables in the summer months and freezing them for the winter months. That way I know I’m getting a good quality product when they’re so hard to come by. Plus it can be a lot more cost effective.
Take Care of Those Lips
Everyone’s lips get chapped in the winter time, and if you’re like me, you can’t stop yourself from licking them and picking at them even though you know that just makes everything worse. As someone who doesn’t wear much chapstick during the summer months, because I don’t suffer from dry skin then, it can be hard for me to remember to incorporate that into my routine. Plus, I still haven’t found the exact right formula which doesn’t break out my skin if I get a little outside my lip line on constant use.
However, that’s why lip scrubs are so great. They’re wonderful ways to exfoliate, get off the dead skin, and get your lips feeling great and fresh again. My favorite recipe is brown sugar and honey (I love using brown sugar in scrubs!). You just need 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of raw honey, and 5 drops of lavender essential oil. Mix all the ingredients together and rub on your lips in circular motions for two to three minutes. Then, rinse it off with warm water and apply your favorite lip balm.
This mixture not only removes dead skin, but it also helps to brighten your lips and protect them from sunburn which brings me to my next point:
You Still Need Sunscreen
So many people think you don’t need sunscreen during the winter months because you’re most likely not going to burn, but that is definitely a myth. The sun can still be extremely damaging to any exposed skins, so make sure you’re still applying sunscreen. My favorite trick is to use a foundation that has SPF, because it kills two birds with one stone. I love the Revlon Colorstay 24-Hour Foundation, because it has SPF and great coverage!
Care for Your Hair
I suffer from dry hair during the winter and often have frizzy hair as well. An important thing to remember is that, while your hot showers may feel too amazing to step out of, it’s important not to stay in there too long. Not only is the hot water bad for your skin, but it’s also incredibly damaging and drying to your hair. Make sure you’re taking shorter showers and always remember to use conditioner on your hair as well. It will not only keep your hair hydrated, but it will also help tame some of that frizz.
These are my favorite health and beauty tips to be conscious of in the winter. It can be such a difficult month here at the end, with spring so close yet so far away, so I always love making sure I’m doing everything I can to take care of myself.
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Until our next adventure, stay curious.