Posts Tagged ‘winter skincare’

Sunscreen in the winter: do you really need it?

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Even though you're getting less sun, you still need SPF in the winter!Unless you're headed on a tropical vacation, you're probably not going to find yourself out in the sunlight much this winter. Cloudy days tend to happen more often, and colder weather means you're less likely to stay outside for long periods of time.

However, that doesn't mean you should skip wearing sunscreen. Believe it or not, you can still pick up some of the sun's damaging UV rays just from being outside for a couple of minutes. Also, clouds aren't good protection because UV rays can penetrate right through them.

You don't have to go with a heavy sunscreen formula like you would for a day at the beach. Instead, opt to include a bit of SPF in your moisturizer or makeup routine. A product like TRUE Cosmetics – Protective Mineral Foundation SPF 17 Powder gives you the coverage you're looking for, both for blemishes and sun protection.

If you're really missing the way your skin looks with plenty of sunshine, you can easily achieve a bronzed look at home with Youngblood – Natural Mineral Radiance (Sundance). A bit on your cheekbones, forehead and the bridge of your nose will make you look radiant – not like you've been cooped up inside.

Mineral powder foundation: a go-to product for winter

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Mineral foundation is better for covering flaky skin in winter!During the winter months, many women struggle with dry skin that just doesn't seem to go away. This means that flakes are likely to be present on your face, and your liquid foundation just makes them look worse. Instead of your regular foundation, you might want to try switching to mineral powder formulas in the winter.

According to Marie Claire magazine, mineral powder foundation does a better job of masking dry skin. It seems like the opposite would be true, but mineral foundations actually blend the flakes in with your skin and create a more even texture than liquids.

As long as you begin your routine in the morning with a rich moisturizer, like Illuminare – Moisturizing Mineral Foundation Dewy Finish SPF 20, your mineral powder foundation should skim right over the surface of your skin, creating a flawless look.

Try using Youngblood – Natural Mineral Foundation during the winter months to get the most even-looking complexion. Apply the product using a fluffy kabuki brush and swirl it around your face to get into every area.

A believable way to wear bronzer in the winter

Monday, January 9th, 2012

No one has to know that you faked that glow!It may be the middle of winter, but that doesn't mean that your skin has to be pale and lifeless. Although you won't likely be soaking up the sun's rays anytime soon, you can get the same glow by using bronzer in strategic places on your face – and it won't look fake!

Marie Claire magazine recommends choosing a bronzer that's only one or two shades darker than your skin tone. This will ensure that the color looks natural. Too Faced – California In A Compact comes with an array of shades so you can get it right every time.

Use the bronzer to lightly dust the areas of your face that the sun typically hits. This includes your forehead, the bridge of your nose and your cheekbones. Youngblood – Super Powder Brush will ensure a flawless application each time.

You can enhance the effect by adding a bit of highlighter onto these areas on top of the bronzer. You'll look like you have a fresh glow without any tell-tale signs that you faked it!

Pair neons with nudes for a fresh take this winter

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Neons and nudes are perfect for winter!Normally, you wouldn't think that winter is the ideal time to try out bold new shades of neon makeup. That's usually more of a summer thing. However, makeup artist Bobbi Brown has just released a collection that's full of bright neons paired with transparent nude colors that are super fresh for winter.

According to Glamour magazine's beauty blog, the new collection is full of oranges, reds, purples, pinks and blues that are anchored by nude lipsticks, eyeshadows and eyeliners. The idea is to pick one feature to play up with neon, then make the rest of your face totally neutral. It looks great paired with hydrated skin, shiny hair and comfy knit sweaters!

Try your take on the trend by pairing a bold eyeshadow like Too Faced – Eye Shadow Duo in Lucky Charms with a completely nude lipstick, such as BORGHESE – B Moisture Advanced Care Lipcolour in Bronzino. Once you've mastered that, switch it up with nude eyeshadow and a bright lip color that pops.

Winterizing your makeup stash

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Your skincare routine could use a boost this winter!If you're still using all of the same products you were using in the fall, your face is probably lacking a few key essentials necessary to combat the winter weather. It's time to winterize your makeup routine and store products you won't need again until spring.

The main thing you should take care of is updating your moisturizer. Dry, cold weather can do a number on your skin, making it feel raw, red and sensitive. Excess dryness is also a problem, so it's important to switch to a richer moisturizer that will protect and soothe your face. Exuviance – Multi-Protective Day Creme SPF15 has everything you need in a daily moisturizer.

Your lips may also need extra protection this winter, as they can easily become chapped and irritated from exposure to the elements. Invest in a soothing balm, like Jack Black – Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 Natural Mint and Shea Butter. It will provide instant relief when you need it.

While it's not exactly mandatory, you might want to update your color collection as well. Winter hues tend to be a bit richer and darker, so stash your bright pinks in favor of wine shades, then pick up a few jewel-toned eyeshadows.

Don’t forget about your feet this winter

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Don't forget to care for your feet this winter!Chances are, you’re not wearing flip-flops or strappy sandals much this winter. Instead, you’re likely banishing your feet into a pair of boots and forgetting all about them. However, some holiday occasions do call for dressier footwear, and you don’t want to be caught off-guard!

While you don’t need a weekly pedicure to keep your toes looking fresh all winter, it’s a good idea to give your feet a bit more TLC than you normally would. That means getting rid of any calluses or rough spots before the shower. Lippmann Collection – Foot Fetish Dual Sided Foot File is the perfect tool.

Since cold weather is drying to your entire body, your feet will likely need a bit of refreshment. Use Get Fresh – Rescue Me Intensive Foot Repair Creme to put the kibosh on dry skin and keep your soles smooth. You’ll get the best results if you slather it on before bed, then put on a pair of clean cotton socks. The rich creme will all be absorbed by morning, leaving your feet supple and touchable.

The perfect winter pedicure

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

The perfect winter pedicureWhile many women only indulge in pedicures during sandal season, treating your feet in the cold months too can be a great pick-me-up. However, a winter pedicure requires a little more TLC than a summertime one.

According to, begin by exfoliating your feet in the shower with a pumice stone, but wait until the end of your shower so that your feet have had ample time to soak (at least five to 10 minutes). Dry off and use a lotion with vitamin E, such as June Jacobs Green Tea and Cucumber Hand and Foot Treatment.

"[Vitamin E is] an antioxidant, so it protects skin from various sources of pollution, UV rays, stress damage, drugs and toxins, all of which can trigger cell-damaging free radicals," nail technician Mara Taskin told the news source. "Plus it just helps keep skin and nails healthy and supple."

You should also look for a treatment that contains glycolic acid, like Exuviance Heel Repair, to remove calluses. Massage cuticle oil into your nail beds and use a cotton-covered orange stick to push back cuticles.

Finally, apply a base coat, two coats of nail polish and a top coat. Taskin recommends using a light-colored lacquer – dark polish is trickier to apply as the slightest mistakes are more noticeable.

Rock highlighter in the wintertime

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Rock highlighter in the wintertimeThe winter can lead to a change in your complexion. And while dull skin is often treated with moisturizers and lotions, women looking for a quick pick-me-up can use a highlighter for an easy fix.

However, the key to a realistic glow is applying the highlighter in moderation – you shouldn't look like you ran through a sparkling rainstorm. To curb a glitter overload, Allure magazine suggests combining the highlighter with foundation. The mixture will deposit shimmer – not color – to your skin.

You can use a cream or a powder, whichever formula you prefer. Apply the highlighter to the tops of your cheekbones and the inner corner of your eyes for subtle radiance after you've put on your other cosmetics.

"Focus on the tops of the bones so it looks like the light is catching them," makeup artist Pati Dubroff told the news outlet. You can also use highlighter on your pout, shoulders and collarbone.

Finally, the news source recommends using a separate brush for the shimmer so that your blush and foundation brushes aren't flecked with glitter.

Tips for great-looking legs

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Tips for great-looking legsWhether they’re preparing for a New Year’s Eve party or ditching the winter weather for a warmer climate, many women will soon be rocking dresses that show off their legs. And while some gals will sport tights, others may prefer the alluring appeal of bare legs.

If you insist on stocking-free stems, make sure that your legs are ready to be seen – and we mean more than a last-minute shave.

“Sloughing off dead skin is critical,” makeup artist Linda Hay told Allure magazine. Look for an oil based exfoliant, like Babor Khanya Sugar Oil Peeling, as the scrub will smooth skin and supply a subtle sheen.

After you’ve exfoliated, apply a rich moisturizer to hydrate and condition your skin. If you’re planning on wearing your signature scent, select a fragrance-free formula such as G.M.Collin Body Hydrating Cream, as it won’t compete with your perfume.

While many women may think cosmetics are only for their faces, body makeup is imperative when creating gorgeous-looking legs. Long-wearing Dermablend Leg and Body Cover Creme will conceal scars, bruises and blemishes. A highlighter, like Karin Herzog Body Shimmer, can enhance your legs as well, as long as you apply it carefully.

“Draw a line down the center of legs, front and back, thigh to toes,” Hay advised.

Diet may affect your complexion

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Diet may affect your complexionThose who want a flawless face often stock up on moisturizers, exfoliants and concealer, but according to one skincare expert, ladies may also want to watch what they eat.

“Studies have shown that people who eat more green and yellow veggies have fewer wrinkles on their faces, especially crows’ feet,” dermatologist Jessica Wu, whose clients include Katherine Heigl and Courteney Cox, told InStyle magazine.

Gals trying to combat winter dryness may also want to increase the amount of water they drink every day, as experts suggest that good hydration will keep skin looking fantastic.

Of course, beauty products can also prevent wrinkles and flaky skin. To reduce the appearance of fine lines, look for a formula with vitamins and anti-aging peptides such as Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle face cream. L’Occitane Ultra Moisturizing Fluid SPF 20 contains shea butter to condition skin and the SPF will protect your complexion from the sun’s harmful rays.

To hide blemished skin, use a creamy, lightweight concealer like Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Concealer, as powders will draw attention to dry patches of skin and heavy formulas may settle into wrinkles.