Warm up to some new winter beauty rituals

As the weather worsens, follow these tips to keep everything in check. (File Photo/The Daily Campus) 

1. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize

It’s common knowledge that winter weather leaves skin dry and irritable. However, very seldom do we actually take initiative to fight back. Not only should you be lathering up on skin lotion at least once a day, you should also avoid soap-based face wash. More lather, or bubbles produced by your soap, strips more natural oils from your skin. Watch out for surfactant, the ingredient that causes the lather, in not only your face wash, but your body wash as well. Some useful and inexpensive products include:

Aveeno Gentle Cleansing Moisturizing Bar ($2.87 Target.com)

Nivea Extended Moisture Daily Lotion ($8 DrugStore.com)

Himalaya Herbals Hydrating Face Wash ($5.93 Jet.com)

2. Keep your summer foundation handy

Just because your skin is paler does not mean your old foundation needs to be exiled from your makeup bag. It would be a fortune to constantly keep up with a rapidly changing complexion. To combat this, make your own shade by mixing lighter foundations with darker ones. Also, make sure you’re using moisturizing foundations to prevent dry skin. Some products include:

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint ($11.79 Target.com)

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum ($24 Macy’s.com)

Clinique Superbalanced Makeup ($26 Clinique.com)

3. Winter-proof your hair

During the winter, negative ions build up in your hair and cause static. To prevent this, use a more heavy duty conditioner meant for dry hair and spray Static Guard on your hair brush. In addition, winter is a good time to make hats a frequent accessory. When outside, the dry, windy air can do irreversible damage to hair. Before leaving the house, make sure to cover up and fight damage before it happens. Some good products for winter hair include:

Static Guard AntiStatic Spray Fresh Scent ($2.79 RiteAid.com)

Dove Nutritive Solutions Shampoo Winter Therapy ($4.94 Jet.com)

SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo ($9.19 Target.com)

4. Put down the frilly lip balm

Flaky and tender lips are one of the greatest impediments of winter weather. This means that there is no such thing as too much lip balm as winter approaches. However, not all lip balms are made equal. You cannot judge your lip protection by the logo. Just because it looks frilly and taste goods, does not mean it will provide moisturising relief. Some brands, like Chapstick,  include hyaluronic acid, Isopropyl Myristate and/or glycerin which actually draw moisture from your lips and cause an endless paradoxical effect. With many deceitfully advertised brands, it’s important to invest some extra money and time in to the search for the perfect lip balm. Some reliable brands include:

Dermatone Med Lip Conditioner/Sunblock SPF 23 ($5.75 Jet.com)

Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm ($7 Amazon.com)

Nivea Smoothness Lip Care SPF 15 ($2.99 CVS.com)


Lillian Whittaker is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at lillian.whittaker@uconn.edu.