What are some of the beauty-related things you do in the winter (or especially do in the winter)? Here are a few things that I do…
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5 Beauty Tips for Winter
Change My Facial Moisturizer
I have a summer moisturizer and winter moisturizer. I usually realize I need to make the change when my skin starts getting itchier and even flaking off a bit. My favorite winter moisturizer is this one from Bioelements.
Add More Hair Masks
I’m trying to do more hair masks in general for my curly hair, but winter is an especially good time to treat your hair to some extra moisture. If you want something quick and easy, it’s hard to beat VO5‘s hot oil; I’m also a fan of this 2-5 minute mask from Not Your Mother’s.
Don’t forget your scalp, either! My scalp has been happy for years using Kiehl’s Magic Elixir. I’m still trying out this glycolic mask for dandruff, but I think I like it…
Protect Your Cuticles By Wearing Gloves All the Time
This may be an odd beauty tip, but the skin on my hands gets incredibly dry if it’s even slightly cold — which means I get hangnails and ragged cuticles. If I’m going to be outside for any length of time I make sure to wear gloves.
You can also use cuticle moisturizers, or do some rich moisturizing treatments on your hands at night. I like this Weleda Skin Food cream for night, and this Burt’s Bee’s nail butter if my nails need a little TLC.
Exfoliate Your Skin
I always do a lot of facial exfoliation, but I particularly make sure I do it in the winter. If you’re a newbie, I would suggest starting with Sunday Riley’s Good Genes as a mask for 20 minutes. If you know how your skin reacts, you can either leave it on overnight, or go to a more advanced treatment like Drunk Elephant, Ole Henriksen’s Dewtopia, or even The Ordinary’s AHA/BHA face serum.
(Be very, very, very careful with The Ordinary one — if it’s your first time using it set a timer for a minute. Seriously.)
Dry brushing can work wonders for your body, as well — and I’m also a fan of in-shower body lotion like Curél or Nivea.
If you have very itchy skin elsewhere, like legs or arms, you might want to check out some of the body lotions especially formulated for dry, itchy skin like Curél’s Itch Defense — we’ve also used Cerave’s products for rough & bumpy skin for my sons.
Treat Your Eyes
If your eyes tend to get dry, they may be especially dry in the winter. Drops can go a long way toward helping your eyes stay comfortable and avoiding dry, itchy, red eyes.
I have Very Dry eyes, so I tend to like this overnight gel — but a warning that you do wake up with slightly crusty eyes! (Ooh, I haven’t tried their Extra Dry Eye drops.) They do have regular dry eye drops, though; readers have also sung the praises of Systane.
Hat tip to the readers who suggested these Bruder eye compresses — they’re so soothing if your eyes are extremely dry.
Readers, what beauty things do you do in the winter?
Stock photo via Pexels/ Pavel Danilyuk.
Off topic but I’ve seen a few folks post how they’re tired of neutrals – I just popped on to Uniqlo and they’ve got tops and even some jackets in pretty colors – pink, purple, green and teal. And stripes, which I immediately added to cart even tho I have too many striped tops already.
Any sunscreen recommendations for the winter? My skin is not reacting well to my normal sunscreens (I now live in Sweden!)
Clinique mineral sunscreen fluid for face SPF50. Sun is very strong in northern parts of Europe…
I have prescription eye drops for dry eyes (Restasis) that have made a ton of difference for me. I used to have frequent bouts of episcleral inflammation – episcleritis – and troubles focusing my eyes at night, only to find out it was eye dryness.
My favorite recent find for preventing facial dryness in winter is Vanicream moisturizer. I use it at night as my last step before bed. Laneige lip mask as well.
I have the same symptoms as you. Can you tell me more about Restasis? Did you fail using regular eye drops? Any side effects? What does it cost for you? My health insurance coverage is terrible…
Yes, I had to fail OTC eyedrops. My opthamologist is great, she did a prior authorization and knew exactly which words to use (latin for “dry eye” – it won’t work in english!) and got it approved, whereas my prior opthamologist never could get it approved. They’d also approved several rounds of steroid eye drops for me due to the episcleritis, so there was a pattern.
I get a huge box of individual droppers that last me well over a month for $40 after insurance. They may also be applying a brand coupon, I honestly can’t remember. But my insurance did approve it, otherwise I couldn’t have afforded it.
I had restaysis about 10 years ago and liked it but didn’t notice a huge improvement. When I looked into it again recently it would be $600 a month, so I passed. I tried a prescription nose spray that’s been pretty good (and a lot less) – its Tyrvaya
I was going to use Rogaine on my eyebrows (one is disappearing faster than the other). But I can’t give blood it seems if I use it (or I can be on it for a month and then stop for a month and then donate). I am choosing not-vanity here, but also probably going to look for a good brow pencil soon.
I think you got bad advice on the Rogaine. Who told you that?
It is finasteride (the generic form of Propecia) that restricts your ability to give blood. Topical Rogaine is not a problem.
get your thyroid tested
I use Aveeno’s line of eczema products in the winter because I get big patches of flaky, dry skin. The body wash especially leaves me with nice soft skin. Note, the eczema line is different from their regular products; in my drugstore they’re in the aisle with the other first-aid supplies, not with the regular lotions/body wash.
Based on some recommendations here, I bought a rice cooker ( zojurushi). What are everyone’s favorite things to make in a rice cooker? Interested in all grains, not just rice. Especially interested in recipes for whole meals that can be prepared all at once in the cooker! Also, my understanding is you can’t use the steamer basket while cooking rice- if you want to cook meat or veggies too, you just lay them on top of rice? If I am cooking frozen broccoli I am guessing it would turn to mush if it sat in there the entire time rice is cooking, but I’m also hesitant to open the machine midway through the cycle because I’m worried that will mess up the process? Any tips on cooking frozen veg along with the rice? Thanks everybody! Happy Thursday!
No specific recommendations, but in your shoes I’d buy the zojurushi cookbook. I recently bought it for a friend who is madly in love with his rice cooker and he was thrilled with the cookbook.