Skin can start to look dull and dry in the winter – but you can’t start 2015 with dull skin! Here are some great ways to get your skin back to looking naturally healthy, glowing and fabulous:
For some reason, I tend to see and hear about exfoliation products for mostly oily/acne-prone skin. Dry skin needs exfoliation too! Un-exfoliated skin can really look dull as old, dead skin cells build up. The best way to keep skin looking healthy is to exfoliate regularly. And by regularly, I don’t mean harsh exfoliants every day. You want to gently remove dead skin cells from the top layer – not exfoliate your skin off. Even with mild exfoliants, I only use a few days a week at the most and then use a stronger exfoliant once every few weeks or so.
True Nature Botanicals just launched their Exfoliating Cleanser and I was very lucky to get to try it before the launch and have been using it the past several weeks. Well of course it is spectacular. I will be honest in that I was skeptical at first. Cleansers aren’t on your skin for very long and then are rinsed down the drain, so how in the world are they going to do any real exfoliation? When I first used it, the manual exfoliation felt very light, so I thought there was no way this would do anything. Then in the morning when I woke up and felt my face, it was soft and smooth and gorgeous! It felt like I had put on some exfoliating gel or cream overnight, but I just used this cleanser and my normal moisturizers (Blissoma Pure mixed with True Nature Botanicals Pacific Oil). I’m guessing it’s the mushroom extract that does the light exfoliation overnight. I’m not quite sure how it works, but it does. I have been using it most nights per week and am totally sold. It even removes face makeup well, but unfortunately does not fully remove eye makeup (plus I don’t really want any exfoliating near my delicate eye area) so I use an eye makeup remover on nights I use this. Plus, it hasn’t irritated my skin at all which is pretty cool because I have very sensitive skin.
If you prefer manual exfoliation, you can’t go wrong with the Clarisonic. I have had the Mia for years and it still works great. Just be sure to not overdo it – it’s really easy to get a little too excited about using it and you’ll end up with raw skin. I use the delicate brush, it’s the softest and most gentle. No need to buy the harsh “deep pore” brush – you’re not sanding paint off a piece of wood! Skin is delicate. When I first got the Clarisonic, I used it all the time but now I only use it once a month or so. It’s great for a deeper exfoliation (even with the delicate brush).
Of course, dry skin isn’t going to look glowy and fabulous if it’s really dry. I just did a post about my favorite moisturizing products for dry skin, so I’ll just refer you to that post rather than repeat myself!
As my boyfriend often says, “fake it ’til you make it.” If your skin doesn’t naturally glow, then fake it ;o) I have a mild obsession with highlighters, I own around 5 different ones…maybe more. My favorite cream one is Au Naturale’s. I also own W3LL People’s (more bold) and ILIA’s (more subtle), which are more of a whitish/silver color while Au Naturale’s is peachy. If you prefer powder highlighters, Alima Pure’s Luna is my favorite. There is no shortage of highlighters in the natural beauty world!
The picture below is using Au Naturale’s cream highlighter above my cheekbones and along the bridge of my nose.
Also, don’t forget your eyes! Using a light color in the inner and outer corners of your eyes, and even a thin line underneath will make your eyes (and face) look vibrant and awake. Some of my favorite light eye shadows include Alima Pure’s Buttercream, Silk Natural’s Homecoming Queen and Jane Iredale’s Allure. Lately I have been using Lily Lolo’s Laid Bare palette which comes with two light colors, and right now you can get 20% off Lily Lolo using the code: wellbeauty20. Yay for sales!
For an even extra pop of shimmer, apply the eye shadow wet. I love to use the light color all over and then apply it wet as an eyeliner. The picture below is using Alima Pure’s Buttercream all over and then wet as an eyeliner above and below the lash lines.
Lips can get especially dry in the winter. To avoid having chapped, dry looking lips, be sure to lightly exfoliate lips (I like to use my toothbrush!), keep them hydrated with your favorite balm (these and this are my favorites) and then top it off with a gloss. Matte lipsticks do not help skin or lips look moisturized, so load up on lip gloss and lip balm to keep lips looking great!
My go-to lip gloss lately has been Jane Iredale’s Nectar. It has a slight peachy tint with a hint of shimmer and is SUPER moisturizing. I’m wearing it in the picture below.
Of course, if your skin is going to look glowing and fabulous, you need fabulous nails. I’ve recently discovered Pure Euphoria nail polish and LOVE it. It’s not just nail polish, it actually has essential oils in the polish so it smells good too! I have a few of their colors, but my favorite is Purity – an awesome metallic peachy, rose gold color. It goes perfect with a natural, glowing face. After my mani, my nails smelled like lavender for two days, which is a nice bonus!
So put all of these products and tips together and what do you have? A fabulous, glowing, shimmery face – perfect for winter!
What are your favorite products to shimmer and glow?
Disclosure: Some of these products were samples provided to me to try. Opinions and the choice to review are 100% my own! I was not financially compensated for writing this blog post. This post contains affiliate links.