Mastering that “dewy, winter glow” takes more effort than just slathering on lotion and hoping for the best.
Here are the extra steps I take during winter to keep my skin fresh and dewy:
My skin is actually combination/oily, but winter in the Windy City makes my skin extremely dry . To combat this dryness, I start my morning and end my evening with a layer of moisturizer specific to dry skin.
Right now I’m loving Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream for Dry Skin ($9, Drugstore.com), it’s lightweight so I don’t feel like I just layered my face with pore-clogging oils or thick creams.
(Tip: if my skin is wind-burned or starting to crack, I put a layer of Aquaphor Healing Ointment on my face and let it sit for an hour or so before washing it off with a mild cleanser.)
My go-to cleanser for dry skin is Burt’s Bees Orange Essence Facial Cleanser ($8, Drugstore.com). In addition to smelling fantastic, this cleanser removes dirt and doesn’t clog my pores.
Once my skin is prepped, I opt for a liquid sheer foundation–I like the coverage and extras that Neutrogena offers. Right now I love their Healthy Skin Liquid makeup ($12, drugstores).
I love the glow associated with pinky/peach blush–my favorite blush, that I use all year-long, is Clinique’s Blushing Blush in Aglow. ($21, Sephora or department stores).
Finally I add a highlighter, such as Benefit’s High Beam ($26, Sephora/Ulta/Benefit stores), to my cheeks and cupids bow.
Last, I swipe on a few coats of mascara, a shimmery pearl eye-shadow to the corner of my eyes, a lip balm and I’m all set. Winter glow, game on.