In the last few months of winter, your wardrobe shouldn’t be the only thing to undergo a makeover. Whether you live somewhere that goes from sweltering summers to snowy winters or are just planning on taking a short ski trip or, here are some tips for adjusting your beauty routine for the cold.

1. Keep your skin moisturized.

 Photo Credit: Meganmillscrm via Flickr

Photo Credit: Meganmillscrm via Flickr

Cold and wind can both dry out your skin if you’re not careful. Switch your lotion out for cream moisturizers, and try to avoid toner with alcohol in it, as that dries out your skin. If your skin is not prone to break outs, try using olive oil, coconut oil or vitamin E oil on your skin. Either use a small amount and rub it into your skin as you would with lotion or slather it on like a mask and remove with regular face cleanser after 10 minutes. Be careful with these oils if your skin is acne-prone as using too much may cause you to break out.


2. Don’t forget your lips.

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Your lips will probably dry out faster than your skin, especially if it’s windy. Always have chapstick or ointment on hand—we’re a big fan of the heavy-duty Aquaphor, which you can find at local drugstores, or try Rosebud Salve. At night, spread a drop of olive oil on your lips with a Q-Tip, then put on a layer of Vaseline or petroleum jelly to help seal in the moisture. Don’t forget to exfoliate your lips with just a pinch of brown sugar and a drop of olive oil.

Smith’s Rosebud Salve ($6)

3. Don’t forget the SPF.

Just because it’s not always sunny out doesn’t mean there aren’t any UV rays to worry about. Keep on applying sunscreen or use a moisturizer with at least SPF 15 to kill two birds with one stone.

(SPF 35)

4. Adjust your colors. The winter months are perfect for dark and vampy shades. Pull out the black, navy blue, purple and burgundy nail polishes. Now is the time for the dark red, berry and plum shades of lipstick (just be sure to keep eye makeup simple if you’re doing a dark lip). As for cheek coloring, ditch the bronzer and instead go for pink and rosy blush to imitate a natural flush from the cold.

OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark, dark purple($7.50)
Sephora by OPI’s I’m with Brad, dark brown with red shimmer ($9.50)
Zoya’s Blair, deep red ($8)
Clinique’s Different Lipstick in A Different Grape ($15)
Maybelline Superstay 24 Hour Lipcolor in Keep Up the Flame ($10)
Tarte Cheek Stain in Flush ($30)

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