Winter is coming (literally)! This means our skin, especially lips, are going to feel like a dry desert these days. We at Chic Studios LA got you covered with some skin care tips to help keep your skin healthy and moisturized in no time! So grab a cozy blanket, get a humidifier, or drink a hot cocoa because we are going to let you in on our skin care secrets!
Take all of your makeup off!
First things first, be sure to remove all the makeup before you head to bed, and it’s best to even take it off as soon as possible! Leaving makeup for an extended period of time on your skin can trap dirt and bacteria, which causes your skin to most likely break out with acne and blackheads. It doesn’t leave a lot of breathing room for your skin and pores. It’ll be a lot detrimental to leave your makeup (or debris of it) overnight. Your skin needs to rejuvenate itself and breathe when you’re in your slumber. Think of it as taking off your work clothes before going to sleep. You and your skin need to feel comfortable, so your skin will have a happy and youthful glow the next morning!
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Exfoliate your skin
This step is important in the beginning of your good skin care routine(and before bed), especially as our skin ages. Exfoliating and massaging your face and skin activates cells and blood flow, making your skin appear younger while getting rid of dead skin cells. Don’t over exfoliate though! It would get rid of natural oils and leave your skin super dry. For best results, lightly wash your face twice a day with warm water and slather on an exfoliant/ lotion (with a cotton ball) to pack in the moisture- like “The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser”.
Use a moisturizer
Believe it or not, water from our deep layer of skin evaporates and it’s no wonder they can be dry. Help your skin stay smooth by applying moisturizer! Properties of moisturizers include natural ingredients like castor oil, shea butter, and lipids to reinforce your skin’s natural barriers and hydrate your skin as a whole. Moisturizers have a soft, smooth and glowing finish so you should keep those in handy! A good product for that is Juice Beauty Moisture SPF 30. Made of organic ingredients (i.e. pomegranate, grape, aloe and antioxidants), this moisturizer is perfect for hydrating and repairing the skin’s natural moisture and fatty acids. Best of all, it’s good for ALL skin types!
Apply sunscreen everyday
Yes, there will be cloudy days, but it’s so important to protect your skin with some sunscreen! UV rays will seep into the clouds and have an adverse effect on your skin with too much over exposure. We don’t want you to have damaged, sunburned skin! We recommend a good sunscreen with SPF 30 or above and contains barrier repairing ingredients. One such product is “Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50” for the job! This formula is packed with antioxidants for radiating a youthful glow and it has a non-greasy and non-oily feel. What a win-win! As the name suggests, you can wear it and feel good everyday!
Take care of your lips
Lips are the most vulnerable part of your skin, as your lips have a thin layer of skin compared to the rest of your body. Also with the thinness of the skin, the lips are actually more susceptible to skin damage from the sun’s UV rays. Here’s an analogy to think about. According to dermatologist Dr. Bruce Bart, M.D., your lips act like sponges. When they absorb moisture/water, they will stay hydrated. If left alone without hydration and with UV rays damaging effects, they will end up extremely dry, especially in the cold winter weather. Also, don’t lick your lips! Your saliva has enzymes that will take away the moisture on your lips. Instead, drink a lot of fluids and carry your lip balm. It’s recommended to have a good lip product with a SPF 30. Coola Liplux SPF 30 is a great choice, for it protects your lips from UVA/UVB rays, have an organic fruit butter blend as an ingredient, and is cruelty-free!
Stay hydrated by drinking water
As a general rule, we should drink an average of 8-9 glasses of water each day to stay hydrated. Your skin cells will benefit from drinking a sufficient amount of water. Drinking significantly less than the recommended dose will most likely result in a flaky, dry, and wrinkly skin. Also, water will flush out impurities in the body. So pack your bags with water, it’ll definitely come in handy! It’s not only about taking care on what’s on the outside, but nourishing the inside is important to having great skin!
Get plenty of sleep
If only we have all the time in the world to do everything we want! But it is not feasible and we have the temptation to skip sleep. Getting your beauty sleep is so important to your healthy skin! Having a good night’s sleep (about 8-9 hours average) will rejuvenate and restart your organs, the biggest one being your skin, for a good day ahead. You’ll literally feel refreshed when you wake up!
Skin care is definitely a must, not only for winter, but also all year round and face prep before makeup! Your skin needs to look good, so your makeup will look better! At Chic Studios, we can’t stress enough how important skin care is and will go into detail on how to do a good routine. That way, you’ll have a great routine under your belt and take the useful knowledge everywhere you go! This routine will be included in the classes! If you’re interested, be sure to sign up for our makeup classes!