1. SKIN CARE
Skin care is extremely important during the winter, everyone’s skin is dry and chapping! Easy ways to keep your skin fresh and healthy looking are simple, start with moisturizing every day in the mornings and night. I personally love Clean & Clear Daily Glow, it has a nice citrus scent and thoroughly hydrates your skin. If the heels of your feet are cracking, put some lotion on them before bed, and slip into socks!
Body Butter VS. Body Lotion
You’re more likely to find lotion in your home than body butter, but which is better for your skin?
Lotion is mostly made up of oil and water, to relieve dry skin or medicate it, like Calamine Lotion. Lotion goes on smoothly and leaves no greasy residue, making your body feel nice and silky.
Body Butter is a little more complex. It’s usually made up of cocoa or shea butter, coconut oil, and/or butter. There’s three types: beeswax, whipped, and a bar-type. Body Butters are harder to absorb than lotion, but they are longer-lasting. A downside to body butters, since they are thicker than lotions they tend to leave behind a film on your body.
*Fun Fact!Hot showers feel great in the winter, but they draw moisture out of your skin! Using luke-warm water is a much better choice, even if it doesn’t feel as relaxing.
Tinted moisturizer over heavy-foundations! Lots of girls go for their heavy foundations and powders, to cover up pale complexions but this leaves a caked on looking that no one wants. Tinted moisturizer are great for adding coverage of your pale skin and providing some hydration.
Bronzing lotion is great for a quick sun-kissed look, but don’t apply too much – no one wants to be a Snooki. I love Scott Barnes Body Bling Moisturizing Shimmering Body Lotion, but remember to wipe your hands off after applying it!
I love cream eyeshadow for a party-look. Cream-based shadows are thicker, adding a dramatic flair. When you blend them into powder eyeshadow, it gives you that extra kick you need to be the belle of the ball! Don’t be afraid to do fun colors – the worse that can happen is you don’t like it and you use makeup remover for a clean slate!
You’re can easily get dry during the winter, as well as getting those pesky split ends. A cool trick for relieving static-y hair is to take a dryer sheet and rub it on your hair! Shampoo less frequently during the winter, but keep your conditioning regular to avoid moisture damage.
Avoid spraying alcohol – infused hairspray’s, they dry out your hair making it brittle.
Regular trims about 6-10 weeks are a must to get rid of any dead ends. It will keep your hair looking bouncy and fresh.
Hair accessories during the winter are a must – hats, scarves, earmuffs, etc. Not only do they keep the heat in, but they can look adorable when paired with the right outfit. Make sure they aren’t too tight, though, or it can cut off your scalp’s growing circulation.
Not everyone can afford all the hair and beauty products, so here are some easy ways to do-it-yourself!
Dry, Chapped Lips:
Needed: 1/3 Brown sugar, 1/3 Honey, and 1/3 Olive Oil
Mix it up, rub it on in a circular motion, then wipe off for kissable lips!
Oatmeal Face Mask:
Needed: 2 tablespoons of oatmeal + a teaspoon of baking soda + a
drop of vanilla + enough warm water to form a paste
Rub into face in a circular motion, leave on for about 2-3 minutes, and wash off
with warm water. Oatmeal is kind of beauty “super-food” – it is naturally
calming to skin, helps lock in moisture, removes dead cells and treats minor
Dry, Lackluster Hair:
Needed: 2 Tbsp. olive oil +1 tbsp of honey
Mix it up, and run through your hair. Leave it in for about half an hour, then rinse using cold water for shiny, bouncy hair.
Winter is a great opportunity to show off how you can still look great, even with more clothes!
Obviously each year there’s going to be different trends going on, so for this post I’ll stick with the classics. Scarves, hats, and boots will always be ‘In’. Most girls are freezing in the winter because they can’t figure out how to layer and stay cute. Having simple clothing, and adorable accessories can go a long way, and keep you warm. Personally, I have an obsession with coats. Bomber style, Leather jackets, Peacoats, you name it – I have it.
Wearing summer clothes when it’s 30 degrees outside is never in style, so make sure you stay warm! Mittens, earmuffs, and outerwear are health-wise must’s. A cute pair of bright mittens and matching ‘muffs can liven up in neutral-toned winter outfit!
I try to stay away from bright colors in the winter, and use them for accessorizing. For example, white skinny jeans, lavender long-sleeved oversweater, black boots, and then a pair of bright turquoise mittens and a strand of pearls is one of my go-to winter outfits. It’s stylish, warm, and not too dull!
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Until Next Time..
The Original Alpha