How to get glowing skin during the cold months

The cold dark days, biting chill, breathtaking winds, and dreary rain doesn't just put our mood on a bit of a downer—it can have a damaging effect on our skin, too. Cold weather can cause our skin to be dry, flaky, and red. Likewise, dark mornings with limited light can make the makeup routine even harder. And let’s admit it, we’ve tried it all - a revealing harsh foundation line that shows that you put on your makeup in good faith before the sun had even risen.

But it’s possible to keep your complexion plump, happy, and glowing throughout the cold months, you just need the basic know-how. Keep scrolling for the 5 essential skin and makeup tips you need to know that will keep your complexion looking its best.
 

1. Use face scrubs or exfoliators

It may seem strange to exfoliate your skin in the winter, as the skin is most vulnerable during those months. However, exfoliating your face using a product like a scrub is key for vibrant, smooth skin. A good scrub helps you remove the dead skin cells, dirt, oil, and impurities, making the skin feel softer and smoother, and it gives a healthier and more glowing surface. Most importantly, an exfoliating cream ensures that your serums and creams absorb quickly by the skin.

However, avoid exfoliating too often as over-exfoliation can lead to redness, irritation, and may leave the skin in worse condition than what you started with. Therefore, it’s typically recommended to use a scrub 1-2 times a week.

This
exfoliating scrub by Clinique gently brushes away roughness and flakiness while clearing the way for moisture. An exfoliating cream is definitely a must in the cold months - as glowing, healthy skin is the perfect base for your makeup.

2. Switch to a thick and rich cream

Many of us often use a light moisturizer in the summer when the skin isn’t exposed to breathtaking winds and subzero temperatures. Although makeup can do a lot, it can’t do it all. It’s therefore essential that you take care of your skin with plenty of moisture, as those dry, flaky spots can’t be hidden with your fav foundation!

Now is the time to up your moisture intake with a formula that feels like a warm and hydrating blanket for the skin. If you haven’t found a perfect moisturizing cream yet, this cream by Beauté Pacifique is your obvious choice! It is an intensive and long-lasting moisture care with Squalane, dedicated specifically to both normal and combination skin. Further, it provides the skin with a renewed softness with the addition of Squalane and other humectants.

You can even consider supplementing your skincare routine with a few drops of facial oil for extra protection or even applying a serum under your thicker day cream. This serum from The Ordinary is a moisturizing and protective formula with hyaluronic acid – and it’s something your skin really will appreciate!

3. The perfect lighting

Applying makeup without daylight can be quite a challenge. The dark winter months, when the sun still sleeps, make the makeup routine much more complicated. Bad lighting is the main reason why you don’t spot those harsh foundation lines or even the mascara on your eyelid.

Unfortunately, we can’t bargain the time schedules with the sun, so the best solution is to invest in a mirror with LED light. It’s not only convenient, but you also avoid getting an unpleasant surprise after you leave the house.

Our LED light has a strong and natural light, and in addition, it has two built-in mirrors and a power bank – if you had one gift to give to yourself, it should definitely be this one, even if spring is just around the corner!

4. Avoid too much powder

If you struggle with dry patches and flaky skin, you’re probably constantly on a quest for dewy, healthy-looking skin. And if you’re struggling with those conditions, you’re probably also familiar with the experience of makeup products clinging onto dry patches, and you may even know about the crumbly mask phenomenon. You should therefore try to avoid constantly patching your face with powder. Too much powder never does good, as it can also make the skin look even more tired and dull.

Instead, you should go for a light BB cream or CC cream that will give a glowy, lightweight coverage. A BB cream that’s highly recommended is this one by Shiseido, which is a multifunctional cream with a makeup effect and skincare benefits, for bright, vibrant-looking skin that is moisturized and protected against UV damage.

5. Protect your skin from the hidden sun

Even though there’s less sunlight in the winter, you still need to protect your skin. Whether the sun hides or not, always consider using facial sunscreen. Skin and lips always need extra protection, so don’t get fooled by the dark days!

The obvious choice is of course to find either a day cream or a BB cream with sun protection, so you avoid applying too much product on your skin. But if you’re looking for a smooth and effective sunscreen, then this one by La Roche-Posay is perfect for dry and sensitive skin.