4 Ways Cold Winter Weather Actually Helps--Not Hurts--Your Beauty Routine

January 26, 2016 by Lisa Fogarty
shefinds | beauty

Winter (justifiably?) gets a bad rap for sucking the joy moisture out of our hair, skin and hands. Just look to any beauty site these days and you’re almost guaranteed to find an article on tips for beating winter dryness. But is it possible that winter does indeed have some redeeming qualities, at least in the beauty department?

Yes–and no. Believe it or not, winter isn’t all gloom and doom as there are definite beauty advantages that can only be felt during the coldest months of the year. Makeup artist and beauty expert Jennifer Trotter of Lip Service Makeup explains four beauty benefits of winter worth celebrating.

1. A break from greasy skin. “If you normally have oily skin, winter is your time to rejoice,” Trotter says. “Cold temps and drier air means you won’t look greasy. Skip the oil blot sheets and go for the ‘dewy’ look you wouldn’t dare try in summer. Less oil can also mean fewer breakouts, so enjoy your clear complexion.”

2. Makeup that stays put. “Summer means heat, sweat and melting makeup,” Trotter says. “During winter, you won’t have to deal with your foundation running down your face or sweaty eyeliner smudges under your eyes because the cold actually helps your makeup stay put.”

3. Optimal product absorption. We all know we must apply SPF daily, winter or summer, and luckily winter skin just drinks up all of that added hydration. “You know you need sunscreen every day, but in the summer? It just feels goopy and it stings when sweat gets in your eyes,” Trotter says. “Winter is a great time to slather on sunscreen daily and get used to it.  Come summer, your healthy skin-protecting habit will be second nature, and your baby soft skin will be protected all year round.”

4. An opportunity to experiment. There’s at least one benefit to having paler skin during the winter: it looks amazing set against bold makeup. “The combination of your paler complexion (excellent for contrast!) and the likelihood that you’re wearing darker, heavier clothing make it a great time to whip out that dark berry lip that just seems a bit ‘too much’ in the summer months,” Trotter says. “Try a chunky black or grey sweater dress with tights and booties, a simple pulled back hair do and a bold wine lip; the combo is chic in a way that doesn’t translate with airy summer clothes. The backdrop of simple winter clothing can be great to play with color other ways, too. Another look I love? A bold forest green smoky eye with a graphic black and white houndstooth coat.”

If the cold weather is having an adverse effect on your skin, Dr. Jill Waibel, owner of the Miami Dermatology & Laser Institute, suggests adding a moisturizer once or twice daily, placing a humidifier in your room at night, using creamy, gentle products, and exfoliating once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells, while practicing caution that you aren’t over-exfoliating, which can dry out skin even more. “During the winter, a thicker, creamier moisturizer may be needed versus a lighter moisturizer ideally suited for warmer months,” Waibel says. “Also don’t forget to protect your hands and feet from the harsh weather. Wearing gloves not only keeps your hands warm, but also provides your hands extra moisture throughout the day. Aquaphor is also a wonderful moisturizer great for use on lips, hands, feet, and under eyes at night.”

For more beauty tips, check out The shocking truth about the medical risk you take every time you try a new beauty product and Facials 101: The #1 reason you need to book one ASAP.

[Photo: Pink Peonies]



Lisa Fogarty is a lifestyle writer and reporter based in New York who covers health, wellness, relationships, sex, beauty, and parenting.

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