What a treat we have today. Lauren from Petite in Pearls is sharing her winter beauty routine. She has some really fab tips so make sure you take notes.
Winter can wreak havoc on your skin with the harsh temperatures, exposure to the elements, and dry air courtesy of your heating system. However, there are steps you can take to keep your skin hydrated and radiant. These are a few of my favorites:
Exfoliation. I like dry body brushing and I do it everyday before I shower. This helps get rid of any dry or rough skin, which helps the products you put on afterwards absorb and work better. There are a long list of other health benefits to dry body brushing including the stimulation of your lymphatic system, reduction of cellulite, stress relief, etc. Just look for a brush with a long handle and natural bristles. This one from Bliss is really great.
Drink plenty of water. This is the most important tip and one you have probably heard thousands of times but it is vital to having healthy skin any time of year. Usually in the winter I try to up my water intake by a few glasses to help stay ahead of the dryness. I find that it helps to carry a cute water bottle around with you wherever you go, I personally love my S’well bottle.
Coconut oil. Awhile ago I decided to trade my shaving cream in for coconut oil and it was one of the best decisions I ever made for my skin. The oil doesn’t dry out my skin like shaving cream and allows me to even skip moisturizing after my shower because the oil locks in all of the moisture in the shower. Try whipping your coconut oil in a mixer, this way you can use it without having to wait for it to melt. Just put it in the mixer in solid form for about 6 minutes until it’s nice and fluffy and place in a glass jar.
Invest in a humidifier. We need to use heating systems in the winter so we don’t freeze, but they suck all of the moisture out of the air in the winter leading to dry, itchy skin. Ideally indoor humidity should be between 30-50%. In the winter this can drop down as low as 10%. Humidifiers help to replace this precious moisture in the air. A small tabletop unit should be all you need and they can be pretty inexpensive. I just got this one from Crane and I’m loving it so far.
Thanks so much for all your tips, Lauren! Investing in some of these right now!