In the cold winter months, the drop in temperature outdoors and central heating indoors combine to irritate and strip our skin. We feel drained because of the shorter daylight hours and our (usually perfect) complexion loses its glow. Faced with duller, more blemish-prone skin, we felt it was time to take action!
A Colorful Plate
You’ve heard this before – glowing skin isn’t just about using the right makeup. It starts with both a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet. We often forget that our skin is an actual organ (we were too busy drawing in the margins of our notebooks during science class). Which means that you treat it like an organ and feed it vitamins and antioxidants. And don’t worry if you don’t know much about nutrition – it’s pretty simple, really – you need a lot of colors on your plate. The more colorful the skin of the fruit or vegetable, the more antioxidants it contains. Carrots, blueberries, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, apricots, grapes – these are all foods so full of lycopenes and beta carotenes that they will enhance the radiance of your complexion. To avoid tired-looking skin, make sure not to eat heavy and rich foods at dinner, try to avoid coffee, alcohol and sugar, and try to go to bed on the earlier side.
Hydrating your skin
Your best option is to pick a good daily ritual and to stick to it. Cleansing your face thoroughly in the morning and at night is a mandatory step – you need to get rid of all the pollution, oil and impurities that have accumulated on your skin. Once a week (or every 10 days if you have very sensitive skin), use a gentle face scrub and exfoliate with just the tips of your fingers to really purify your skin. It will get rid of any dead skin cells and stimulate cell renewal. And make sure to use a good moisturizer – adapted to your skin type – every day. You could also use a hydrating mask regularly – those will really help fight any dryness and flakiness brought on by the cold season.
Break out the Pink Blush
Caking on three layers of darker foundation to counter the paleness of your skin – and that tired look you’ve had for a few weeks now – is NOT the way to go. You’re not the first one to make that mistake though! Foundation is really just a tool to unify your natural complexion, which means you have to pick the shade that exactly matches your skin tone. You can cover any imperfections and undereye circles with concealer. The key to a healthy glow when using makeup is your blush. Choose a pink one rather than a peach one to achieve a more natural look. As for texture, pick a creamier version so that you can blend it into your skin. If you have a darker complexion, you can even use bronzer on your cheekbones. But make sure to keep it light – just one swipe of the brush is enough!