If you are currently living in the Midwest or on the East Coast (or anywhere snow boots are worn out of necessity and not fashion), you’re probably experiencing that annual uber-dry, dull-looking skin. No matter how many highlighters you add to your makeup routine or foundations you put on to give your skin a glow, if you skip the most important steps, you’re just layering makeup over dry flakes—a temporary fix! So if you’re looking instead for a way to give your skin a true glow-y boost, here are the three necessary steps to get you there.
Exfoliating your skin is essential to sloughing off that dead flakey layer that essentially gives you a gray, ashy, and dull appearance. You want to exfoliate two to three times a week—no more, no less. Over-exfoliating can cause your skin to become irritated or inflamed, the opposite of what you're aiming to do. Just the right amount of exfoliation leaves your skin soft, healthy, and free of congestion.
For a DIY natural scrub, combine 2 tablespoons of sugar—a natural source of Alpha Hydroxy Acids—and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, which is naturally antimicrobial and moisturizing.
Store excess scrub in an airtight container and use about a teaspoon or two of scrub at a time. Gently exfoliate damp skin using circular motions for about a minute (more or less, depending on your skin’s tolerance). Rinse with tepid water and pat dry with a towel.
Anytime after you wash or exfoliate your face, be sure to use a great moisturizer. If there’s anywhere in your daily routine you should splurge instead of save, I would say spend on a moisturizer that caters to your skin type and specific needs. If you have oily skin, like I do, it is still important to moisturize! We often think moisturizer will add to the oiliness, but in reality it helps to balance out our skin so that we don’t over-produce oil, leading to clogged pores. Dry skin needs plenty of moisture, so don’t be afraid of oil in your product, as “oil free” doesn’t necessarily mean “non-comedogenic” (not pore-clogging).
For a great natural moisturizer for all skin types, use organic cold-pressed virgin coconut oil. You can pick some up at your local health foods store. Heat up a dime-sized amount of coconut oil between the palms of your hands and massage thoroughly onto your face.
If you’re in the market for a new moisturizer, I recommend Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration for dry skin, Philosophy Hope in a Jar for normal skin, and Aveda All-Sensitive Moisturizer for oily skin.
03. APPLY GLOW-Y FOUNDATION.
Winter is the perfect time to use a foundation with a glow. With all the dryness in the air, we could all stand to use a fresher and brighter skin base. Allow your moisturizer to sink into your skin before applying foundation to help with your foundation’s longevity.
If you have dry skin, try RMS Beauty Un-Coverup for lighter skin tones or MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation for all skin tones. For normal of combination skin, I like MAC Studio Face and Body Foundation. Oily skin? Try a Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer. Feel free to skip the powder if your skin tends to get drier throughout the day, or apply powder only where you tend to get very oily like the center of the forehead or around the nose and chin.
I hope you find success in attaining a gorgeous glow with my three easy steps! Remember, drinking a ton of water and regular exercise is also highly beneficial to turning your skin around during these cold and dry winter months. So grab your scrub and your moisturizer, and let's get glowing!