8 Ways to Have Glowing, Party-Ready Skin

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23 Jan 8 Ways to Have Glowing, Party-Ready Skin

Cold winter months can really have a negative impact on your skin. The constant weather changes and chilly winds, not to mention your home’s central heater, causes skin to become dry, flaky and generally uncomfortable. If you want to have glowing, party-ready skin heading into the new year, take a look at these eight tips and tricks.

1. Routine Maintenance

Though it’s important to have a skin care routine all year round, it’s especially important during the cold winter months. Make washing your face a nightly ritual. If you wear makeup, it’s important to use makeup remover prior to washing your face. Sometimes just soap and water doesn’t take everything off, and nobody wants a raccoon eyes situation!

Use gentle soap, and rinse off by using lukewarm water on your skin—not a washcloth. Hot water strips your skin’s natural oils—which leads to dry and flaky skin. Pat dry after rinsing and don’t roughly rub your skin.

2. Cut Down on the Shower Time and Temperature

It may seem like an impossible feat to not take a long, scalding hot shower in the mornings when it’s freezing outside, but it will do wonders for keeping your skin moisturized and bright. Hot water strips your skin of its natural oils and can make the flakiness worse. Try to take a lukewarm shower and cut your shower time down to ten minutes.

3. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!

Before putting on your makeup in the morning, slather your face with moisturizer. Not only does it help your makeup stick to your face, but it also protects your skin from the elements, e.g., wind, rain, snow, etc. If you have oily skin already, that doesn’t mean you should skip the moisturizer. Use a lighter formula during the day and a heavier formula at night before you go to bed.

Not only do you need to moisturize from the outside, but on the inside, as well! Drink plenty of water throughout the day and it will shine through on your skin.

4. Minimize Alcohol Content

Alcohol tends to dehydrate your body, and with dehydration comes dry and flaky skin. If you enjoy drinking alcohol, be sure to drink a glass of water in between each alcoholic beverage. This will also prevent you from over-drinking.

5. Toners

After cleansing your face, using a toner can remove any dirt that the soap missed. If your skin is really oily, an astringent will work better. It’s just a stronger type of toner with more alcohol. If you want to go au naturale, witch hazel works just as well (and is more inexpensive). Don’t rub the toner all over your face, but only to those areas that are the oiliest or tend to break out.

6. Exfoliation

About once a week, treat yourself to a spa-like routine by exfoliating your face. Exfoliating gently removes dead skin cells, thus helping with the flakiness of your skin. Be sure to use light pressure because you don’t want to scrub all the skin off or irritate it. You can make your own exfoliating product at home by combining sugar mixed with honey.

7. Sun Screen

Even if the last thing on your mind in these frigid temperatures is wearing a bathing suit at the beach, this doesn’t mean you should stop wearing sun screen on your face. The sun is just as bright, if not brighter, than it is during the summer months. Wearing sunscreen ensures your face will not look leathery and tough, and your skin will have a dewy complexion.

8. Healthy Diet

Diets high in Omega 3 fatty acids will make your skin glow. Food rich in Omega 3s include fish and walnuts. Vitamin C is another important vitamin that will keep pimples at bay. A diet consisting of a high sugar and salt content will make your face look and feel bloated and dull, as well. The healthier the things you put into your body, the more your skin will glow.

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