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9 Winter Beauty Mistakes…Avoid These Cold-Weather Missteps.

December 10, 2014

LINGERING IN A HOT SHOWER

When it’s ten below outside, it’s tempting to turn your morning shower into a half-hour steam-a-thon. But after about 15 minutes, all that heat begins to compromise your skin’s lipid layer, a complex of fatty acids that holds in precious moisture. Turn down the heat as much as you can—or at least shorten your shower time.

Lingering in a Hot Shower

THE WRONG CLEANSER

Since drying soap lather is even worse for your lipid barrier than hot water, avoid soap-based facial cleansers. “In the winter, when there isn’t as much moisture in the air, absolutely everyone needs a nonfoaming cleanser,” says Miami dermatologist Leslie Baumann.

For dry skin, she recommends Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser, Murad Resurgence Renewing Cleansing Cream, Shu Uemura Skin Purifier Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium A/O Advanced Formula, and Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Purifying Cleansing Oil.

For oily and acne-prone skin, she likes Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser.

 

The Wrong Cleanser

APPLYING FOUNDATION TO FLAKY SKIN

No foundation, no matter how great the formula, looks good on dry skin—in fact, it will just highlight trouble. To keep the skin smooth, exfoliate regularly with a scrub containing gentle beads, and switch to (or add) a rich night cream. Try St. Ives Fresh Skin Moisturizing Olive Scrub and Clarins HydraQuench Rich Cream.

Then choose a moisturizing foundation with a dewy or satin (rather than matte) finish—avoid anything powdery. We likeChanel Lift Lumière Firming and Smoothing Fluid Makeup SPF 15 andMaybelline New York Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation.

Another great option is tinted moisturizer, because it’s so sheer and never looks caked-on. Elizabeth Arden Sheer Lights Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer has illuminating particles that give skin an extra boost.

 

Applying Foundation to Flaky Skin

THE WRONG LIP BALM

It’s no secret that your lips get more chapped in the winter, but not all balms are created equal: The most important thing is to use one that is viscous, not waxy, so the ingredients penetrate fissures. Stay away from anything with lanolin (especially if you have eczema or supersensitive skin), and, since fragrance is the number-one skin allergen, avoid anything that’s heavily scented or tastes like your favorite candy. Try Kiehl’s
The Wrong Lip Balm

SKIPPING SPF

“The sun’s rays still exist in winter—your skin will still absorb them and be slowly damaged over time,” says New York City dermatologist Ariel Ostad. “Even if you’re only outside for a total of 30 minutes, five times per week—such as walking to work or taking a lunch break—over a year, that adds up to 7,800 minutes in the sun.” To make sun protection easy, choose a daytime moisturizer with broad-spectrum protection (UVA and UVB) and at least SPF 30; we like Prevage Day Ultra Protection Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 30 PA++.

 Skipping SPF

NEGLECTING YOUR HANDS

One more reason to wear gloves: Forgetting to do so “can lead to painfully cracked fingertips and peeling nails,” says Catharine Lisa Kauffman, a dermatologist in Washington, D.C. Other hand tips: Since antibacterial hand soaps can be drying, use a mild, creamy one instead, rinse well with lukewarm water, and reapply hand cream every time. Once a week, rub cuticle oil into and around nails to keep them hydrated. Try Softsoap Rich Moisturizing Shea Butter Hand Soap, Neutrogena Age Shield Hand Cream SPF 30,and CND Essentials SolarOil Nail & Cuticle Conditioner.
Neglecting Your Hands

FROSTY LIDS

The weather may be frosty—but your eyelids shouldn’t be. This time of year, frosted shadow can make your skin look washed-out (or make you look like an ice princess, and not in a good way). Instead, makeup artist Dick Page suggests metallic periwinkle blue and bronze shades as surprising winter choices. TryShiseido Makeup Luminizing Satin Eye Colors in Blue Stone and Pyrite Sun.
Frosty Lids

ROUGH FEET

Sandpaper feet don’t exactly say, “Let’s cuddle.” Not to mention that neglecting your feet all winter just makes it more difficult to whip them into shape for spring. As maintenance, get a pedicure at least every six weeks—or even better, follow this foot-softening routine once a week: Soak your feet in warm, soapy water for 15 minutes, then buff the soles with a foot file such asTweezerman Pedro Callus Stone. To soften and help seal cracks, slick on an ointment, such as Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment or Lubriderm Intense Skin Repair Ointment; then wear cotton socks while you sleep.
Rough Feet

VERBRONZING

The Jersey Shore girls sure love to pile on the bronzer. For those of us who prefer a more natural glow, try a body lotion with a low dose of the self-tanning ingredient DHA, such as Dove Energy Glow Daily Moisturizer. If you really want to apply full-on self-tanner, check out our video on how to choose the right one for your skin tone.

For your face, beware of using your summer bronzer, or the result will look as ridiculous as a bikini in a blizzard. Instead, pick one that’s no more than one shade darker than your skin tone. Blend it over the apples of the cheeks using a big round brush, then top it off with pink or rose blush.

 

Overbronzing

 via allure
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