We all know the tenets of a good skin regimen as the dry winter air sucks the life out of us – moisturize, hydrate, use sunblock. However, using cosmetics is part of the professional woman’s reality. Considering that some products can worsen our parched complexions, compiling a winter beauty protocol can be anxiety-inducing – so we’ve done the hard work for you. Here are some great products to sneak into your daily routine to keep you looking polished and fresh through spring.
Davines Authentic Replenishing Butter For frizzy winter hair, you’ll want a creamy treatment filled with humectants (properties that help your hair follicles retain water), but that’s still delicate enough to keep your hair from sagging with weight and grease. Choose a protein-rich butter mask like this natural and organic version from Davines. Apply it thoroughly to exhausted hair for about ten minutes before showering, then rinse with shampoo and conditioner as usual. This butter is doubly useful as it can be applied to face and body for absorbent anti-oxidants.
REN Jojoba Microbead Invigorating Facial Polish Exfoliating is imperative in the winter months, but the ingredients in many cleansers and exfoliants (like clay masks and salt scrubs) are too abrasive and actually exacerbate the issue of dryness. Instead, look to purify with the much gentler (yet still effective) wash of jojoba beads. This invigorating polish by REN is paraben-free and removes dead skin cells without aggravating your complexion – perfect for even the most sensitive skin. Use it instead of your normal cleanser 1-2 times per week, then follow with an alcohol-free toner and a healthy helping of moisturizer.
Clinique High Impact Lip Color Skin enthusiasts often bemoan makeup, especially for problem skin, fearing cloggings and comedogens. But choosing the right products can actually enhance the health of your body’s largest organ. Take, for example, the fact that women are half as likely to get skin cancers on their lips – all thanks to lipstick. Clinique’s High Impact lip colors go on creamily and mattify (become less shiny and slick) throughout the day as your lips absorb the moisturizing, smoothing ingredients. It’s got SPF 15, to keep your pucker extra-protected, and comes in a variety of flattering, pigment-rich shades.
Sue Devitt Microquatic Hydrating Eye Shadow Palette When you have sensitive eyes, makeup can be a literal pain. Additionally, the year-round issue of keeping your eyeshadow in place gets worse as winter skin on your eyelids keeps everything from settling and absorbing. As the temperature drops, replace your regular powder eyeshadow with a mineral-based palette like these options by Sue Devitt. The formula includes hydrating shea butter, rejuvenating ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and other vitamins and minerals that allow your skin to retain water from the atmosphere.
Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Primer You don’t have to say goodbye to dewy skin just because the air outside is chillier. Just as you might layer your clothes this season, learn to layer your skincare products. After applying moisturizer, but before you apply foundation, use a hydrating primer like this softening chamomile and Vitamin E primer from Napoleon Perdis, to perfectly set and smooth your skin. Massage and blend the gel-based formula into your skin to seal your moisturizer, then follow with your normal makeup routine for a clean, lightweight palette.