Winter skincare tips

Ok, so I didn’t want to stray too far from my typical content. So I wanted to put together a “simple” post on winter skincare tips.

I’d say the biggest difference these days is…I just know more. No, I don’t claim to be any type of expert. Just someone who’s been overly-interested in skincare and products for awhile now and has researched and talked the sh*t out of the topic with a lot of different people.

At 33, I hate being called ma’am. I cringe the hardest when the young guy at the bakery calls me it at least 3x while taking my order. Maybe it’s society’s fault for promoting impossible beauty standards and the unrealistic expectation to stay young looking (aka to stay a “miss”) forever? Regardless, my goal is to encourage as best I can something my Mom once said to me when I was frantically talking about getting botox before my wedding (side note, I didn’t get it then…but I have tried it since – which is a post for another day) which is to Age Gracefully. Which to me is one part acceptance and coming to peace with it and another part doing something about it in a way that doesn’t make you crazy or break you down. Oh yea, and ensuring you’re doing it for you and not because anyone else is making you feel like you need to.

Now ladies (and gents) with that I give you some winter skincare tips that will aid in our quest to age gracefully (and comfortably!) while also doing our best to combat the woes of dull, dry, patchy winter skin:

  1. Good hydration is key. Sounds obvious? Well, get on board (says the girl who still struggles to do this everyday). As much as you can, opt for room temperature or warm beverages in the colder months which are easier for your body to process. herbal teas, warm water with lemon, golden milk (recipe to follow), plain H2O. Hydrating the inside, shows on the outside!
    • My fave container for transporting warmer drinks = Lifefactory’s 16 oz Glass Coffee Travel Mug
    • Avoid at all costs soda, especially diet. Avoid juices and sports drinks (unless you’re sick and need the electrolytes!) which are too high in sugar. And more than 2 cups of coffee a day but if you’re going to do it get the good stuff AND forget about decaf which I’ve learned has more toxins than regular coffee due to the decaffeination process (ew!)
  2. Humidifier at night. The air in our homes tends to get dry in the winter when the heat is pumping. Invest in and switch on a home humidifier each night. This will help put moisture in the air…good for many things, including keeping skin and sinuses more lubricated (aka not totally drying out)
  3. More gentle wash, tone, moisturize routine. This doesn’t mean skipping retinols, glycolics or whatever “heavy lifters” you may use at night. It just means, be mindful that you don’t want to strip your skin with over-exfoliating or cleansing as most skin tends towards the drier side during the winter months
  4. Get in a good sweat. This goes any time of year. But I know that it’s harder to get moving in the colder winter months. Find what works for you. Too cold to venture to the gym? There are some great on-demand fitness apps. My favorite right now is Yoga on Gaia which has a lot of different yoga and meditation content/classes on-demand (for a monthly membership fee). Sweating releases toxins from the body – which is good all around, including cleansing out our pores
  5. Get your sleep. Again, another year round important factor. Sometimes I find myself unable to relax  after a long cold day. Find some thing(s) that work for you that puts you on a routine of getting at least 6-8 hours of sleep per night. Reading, meditation, aromatherapy, investing in comfy bedding, are just a few ways to tempt yourself into bed so that you can get the sleep your body (including your skin) needs to rest and rejuvenate

Tips from Mom: 1). pimple buster 2). power smoothie

She was my first and continues to be a go-to source for beauty and healthy lifestyle tips. She is my Mom – Jane!

 

one of my favorite pics of my Mom. Taken at my wedding. She looks so happy, bright, and beautiful!

one of my favorite pics of my Mom. Taken at my wedding. She looks so happy, bright, and beautiful!

From an early age, I always remember my Mom taking good care of her skin and having a good skincare regimen morning & night. One of my favorite things to do was play around with her vanity…so many things to try! It felt so glamorous sitting in that chair reaching into her brush jars, opening her lipstick draw, and testing all the products she had in there. This is also the seat where I over-plucked my eyebrows for the majority of my middle school and high school years. She had a great, magnified mirror soooo with some tweezers in hand I’d go to town on my brows – it was always a bad idea.

Now, I have a vanity of my own full of products and samples. And I always opt for professional brow styling vs. my own “design.” (Believe me, it’s worth the money to have a professional shape your brows.) One thing will never change though, I still look to my Mom for tips – and this weekend she shared 2 great ones…one is more skincare the other is more lifestyle/healthy living:

 

  1. If/when you get a bad pimple (I actually had one on my neck this past weekend – so gross) – she told me to crush up an ASPIRIN add some water to it and make a paste. Apply the paste directly to the pimple. Aspirin is derived from salicylic acid which has known anti-acne/anti-inflammatory properties. People have long used Aspirin topically (in small doses) to treat blemishes. Speaking from experience, I applied the paste to this cyst-like pimple for about 30 minutes. When I removed the paste, the pimple was definitely dried up and today it is in full healing mode (i.e. no more inflammation or the feeling that something is under the skin). I’m just going to put some triple antibiotic on it because it was seriously a painful red pimple that seemed to be infected. I find triple antibiotic ointment (used as a spot treatment) speeds up the heeling process without drying out my skin and within a day or so the scab (sorry, gross…but true) will dry up and flake off

 

I bought this marble mortar at HomeGoods for under $5! Originally, I bought it to smash up avocados but it's kinda small so instead I use it to crush up ASPIRIN! Clearly you don't need this but it's a handy tool

I bought this marble mortar at HomeGoods for under $5! Originally, I bought it to smash up avocados but it’s kinda small so instead I use it to crush up ASPIRIN! Clearly you don’t need this but it’s a handy tool

I use Bayer Aspirin for the paste - this is a mini bottle - less than $5 @ the pharmacy. Make sure to buy the TABLETS

I use Bayer Aspirin for the paste – this is a mini bottle – less than $5 @ the pharmacy. Make sure to buy the TABLETS

there is the Aspirin/water paste! Use a clean fingertip or Q-tip to apply to the blemish, let sit for 15-20 mins and wash off

there is the Aspirin/water PASTE! Use a clean fingertip or Q-tip to apply to the blemish, let sit for 15-20 mins, and wash off

  1. If you’re having trouble taking your vitamins – add them to your morning / daily smoothie. I have these large pre-natal vitamins I’ve been trying to choke down daily. I got them from The Honest Company. I like that they are more natural but the ‘serving size’ is 3 hard pills. I gag trying to put them down. So, using my Mom’s recommendation, I added them to my morning smoothie – which included some greens, coconut water, water, and frozen strawberries. I was able to get it all down easily! A high powered blender is key (I’m still wishing for the Vitamix) but just make sure you run the blender a few times and stir things around so that it can chop up the pills. I like that I got everything down at once – it was fun to make my smoothie even more super powered with vitamins!
Vitamins, Green Super Food mix by Amazing Grass, and my compact Cuisinart blender

Vitamins, Green Super Food mix by Amazing Grass, and my compact Cuisinart blender

upside down! I throw in a couple organic frozen strawberries to cool it down

upside down! I throw in a couple organic frozen strawberries to cool it down

I added some chocolate coconut water to sweeten it up

I added some chocolate coconut water to sweeten it up

don't forget some extra water to keep it from getting too thick

don’t forget some extra water to keep it from getting too thick

now, I a pic of the vitamins - I used my ring to show how big these babies are! I threw all 3 into the blender and boom - delish, refreshing smoothie. And I COULDN'T taste the vitamins!

now, I a pic of the vitamins – I used my ring to show how big these babies are! I threw all 3 into the blender and boom – delish, refreshing smoothie. And I COULDN’T taste the vitamins!

 

I hope you enjoy Jane’s tips. Do you have any beauty tips from your Mom? Please share!