Karen Kim of Karen Kim Beauty, is the first guest contributor. She has been a freelance Make-up Artist in Toronto for 7 years and her work has been featured in WeddingBells, Wedding Chicks, and Style Me Pretty. Today, she helps us deal with the change in our skin that comes with the change in weather. She also recommends both low budget steals as well as splurges, great as holiday gifts!
WINTER SKIN RESCUEThe dewy glow of summer is long gone and winter is fast approaching! As the temperatures take a dive, so does the moisture level in your skin. Just like you switch your wardrobe for the winter, same goes for your beauty regimen. Prepare yourself for the icy winter blast with these tips that will keep your skin looking and feeling its best!
EXFOLIATE/SLOUGH IT OFF
Exfoliation is important year round, but especially in the winter. Circulation is slowed down and dry skin cells turn over more slowly. This causes a quicker buildup of dead cells and leads to a dull and lack-luster complexion. Think of your skin like glass – it needs regular polishing in order to look radiant. Getting rid of that buildup will also make anything else you apply more effective. Exfoliate at least 2-3 times a week.
(low: washcloth and your daily cleanser, high: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant)
MOISTURIZE/SLATHER IT ON
Low air humidity and dry indoor heat are the main culprits for dry skin. Opt for a richer formulated moisturizer that will provide your skin with the extra nourishment it needs. Instead of a lotion, a cream which is thicker in texture will help combat dryness. The best time to apply moisturizer is when your skin is still damp after cleansing as it locks in the moisture. Also, a well hydrated skin makes wrinkles and flaws look less apparent.
(low: Cetaphil DailyAdvance Ultra Hydrating Lotion, high: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream)
HYDRATING MASK/QUENCH THIRSTY SKIN
If you’re looking for an effective skin pick-me-up, consider a hydrating mask 1-2 times a week. Usually jam packed with goodies like emollients and vitamins, it’s like a refreshing drink of water for your skin. It will boost moisture levels leaving skin supple and soft. Plus they’re truly pampering!
(low: Face Shop Real Nature Masks, high: La Neige Water Sleeping Pack>/a>)
Contrary to popular belief, winter skin still needs protection from the sun! It’s the only thing that can help prevent wrinkles and other signs of aging. Look for a broad spectrum protector that shields UVA (think ‘A’ for aging) and UVB (think ‘B’ for burning) rays .
(low: Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 50 for Face,
high: Shisiedo Urban Environment Oil Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF42 for Face)
SOME OTHER HELPFUL WINTER SKIN TIPS!
1. Avoid long hot showers that strip your skin of its natural oils.
2. Use a humidifier in your bedroom. Studies show that a humidifier has benefits not only on overall health, but on skin too! It can help soothe dry, itchy and cracked skin.