As temperatures begin to dip, it may be necessary to switch up your skincare routine. Some changes in your makeup may be in order too so you can match trendy seasonal hues and perhaps a little change in your complexion color.
Use a gentle cleanser that doesn’t strip away your skin’s natural moisture barrier. If you feel your face getting sensitive and flaky as the temperatures drop, dermatologist Dr. Joshua Zeichner, Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City recommends Cetaphil, which is soap free and ultra-gentle.
According to dermatologist Dr. Debra Jaliman of NYC, author of the book “Skin Rules” it may not be necessary for everybody to use a toner, in spite of what typical merchandising tactics would lead you to believe. If you want to get the effects of your toner but find it too drying, apply it with a cotton ball and then immediately splash it off with cold water.
You may need to choose a heavier, more emollient moisturizer to undo the drying effects of indoor heating and the cold and windy conditions outdoors. Don’t skip the sunscreen, however, as UVA and UVB rays can still damage your skin even without the heat. When going outside on wintertime days, opt for at least an SPF 15 protection. Use an eye cream night and day, and take advantage of your sleep time to use an intensive, overnight moisturizing crème.
Calendula, chamomile, elder flower, rose and St. John’s Wort are ingredients which are found in many natural skincare and cosmetics products that have anti-inflammatory properties that are soothing to climate-sensitive skin. Jasmine, neroli and sandalwood essential oils can provide long-lasting hydration.
When you imagine the holiday seasons of Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s, think of the colors that come to mind: Caramels, gem tones, chocolate browns, and shimmery gold and silver. These are the types of colors that work well for the cold season, both in your cosmetics and clothes. Your heavier apparel lends itself to a more dramatic makeup application, allowing you to experiment with a smoky eye for your nighttime events.