Friday, January 25th, 2013

Don’t Let Winter Put a On Freeze Your Beauty Routine!

Every winter, there are a few things that always happen: I can’t figure out how to dress warmly enough–ever–and I get a little lazy about maintaining certain aspects of my beauty routine. There’s really no excuse for it (though mine is it’s cold, and all I want do is curl up under a heap of blankets with hot cocoa).  This January, P&G Beauty has challenged me to not get lazy just because winter is here.

Increase Hydration for Dry, Winter Skin

If you are fortunate enough to have beautifully hydrated skin year-round that never seems to make note of the season, lucky for you! But for the rest of us? Make sure to switch to the right kind of products to help boost hydration and moisture-retention as the outdoor temperatures cool down and you start turning the heat on. You may find that the products that worked well in the summer (or even fall) are no longer effective for the winter. A good way to improve your routine is by layering moisturizing products–like ensuring your face and body cleansers are adding hydration and getting the skin ready to absorb your moisturizer. Oh–and don’t forget the sunscreen; just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean the sun isn’t out and causing damage to the skin.

  • Keep a travel-sized hand cream in your purse, at your desk, or by your night stand (or all three!), so you can easily reapply as necessary.
  • Pick a body moisturizer/cream that works for your budget so you can slather it on as much (or as little) as you need without feeling like you need to “save” it.
  • Try a serum designed to increase hydration or help lock in moisture in the skin.
  • P&G Beauty Recommends: Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash (preps skin for moisturizer) and Venus + Olay Razor (helps hydrate skin during and post-shave)

Have Happy Hair Under Wraps

Whether you keep your head warm with scarves, hoods, hats, or earmuffs, they can make time-consuming hair routines and styling a thing of the past. When we head indoors, off come the hats and hoods and scarves, so it’s still important to make time for healthy, happy hair that’s nourished and hydrated. Winter brings rain and snow for most of us, and it can impact hair negatively, so it’s important to look for the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair as it reacts to environmental changes. I look for more hydrating and restorative pairings and treatments. If you color your hair, try to keep up with your regular coloring routine, but if you’re pressed for time or don’t want to spend a lot during a season where you may not show off your hair as much, consider touching up roots only.

  • Consider a leave-in conditioner or conditioning treatment
  • Limit the amount of hair products you use that have a high alcohol content
  • Use a dryer sheet lightly on hair to minimize the impact of static electricity
  • P&G Beauty Recommends: Head & Shoulders Damage Rescue Shampoo/Conditioner (designed to repair damaged hair) and Clairol Nice ‘n Easy Root Touch-up (used to touch-up color in 10 minutes)

By keeping up with our regular routines, we won’t have to spend hours (or days) prepping for a fancy night out, whether it’s with friends, family, significant others, or even for business. It also means that you’ll spend less time trying to fix major damage, dryness, and the like, as spring approaches and summer follows.

What is the one beauty ritual you let go of during the winter?  I’m super guilty of going longer between shaving my legs and being inconsistent about applying body cream/moisturizer (which I’m guilty of most of the year, actually).

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10 thoughts on “Don’t Let Winter Put a Freeze On Your Beauty Routine!

  1. Mariella

    Interesting about body lotions. I used to basically pack myself in body lotions/butters all year ’round but in winter, it was a real necessity. But ever since I started practising hot yoga (my studio has infra-red heat; not sure if that makes a difference), I rarely need any body lotion at all and this is in the middle of a bitterly cold Canadian winter with dry household heating going 24/7 too. I don’t know what it is but my skin hasn’t been itchy, flaky or dry.

    One thing I have embraced for my face when it is bitterly cold and I have to be out of doors is a face product with NO water (water is so often the first ingredient in most moisturizers). I use a product called Ombra Melkfett Cream (lovely name, no?) from Germany. It is perfect if I’m going to be out in the cold walking or skiing because there is no water in it to freeze and actually harm your skin.

    As for things I let slide, probably same as you, Christine – shaving my legs as often and also changing my toe nail polish. In winter, I go much longer with one colour on my toes.

  2. I definitely am lax on moisturizing everything but my face. I’m really crazy about using facial moisturizer every morning and evening after washing my face, but I always forget to use hand cream/body lotion.

  3. georgina

    I would agree with you Christine, shaving my leg in winter is my last concern :) YIKES!

  4. Jennifer

    I pretty much never shave my legs in the winter. It doesn’t bother my boyfriend (and to be honest, if i did, i probably still wouldn’t shave them!).

  5. blueraccoon

    I totally don’t wax my legs in winter (I gave up shaving; I wax everything now; it’s more expensive but it lasts longer and I hate shaving with a passion). Come April or May I go to my esthetician for what I call “spring shearing”.

    I’m a fanatic about hand cream and facial moisturizer but I haven’t been putting on body cream as much lately. I need to move my body cream into the second bathroom (I’ve taken it over as mine) and start putting it on after I shower.

    • You know, I NEVER EVER had ingrowns on my legs UNTIL I waxed once. So, back to shaving I went :(

      LOL @ spring shearing, though. I have to steal that :)

  6. Quinctia

    I wouldn’t say it’s exactly letting something go…but I don’t apply lip balm as often as I need to in winter, since I don’t need it as much during the warmer weather. A little bit of the same applies to hand lotion, but that’s more because I almost never need it…just a couple of times during the colder weather.