transition to winter

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After a very Fall-filled weekend (think pumpkin pie, lots of pumpkin beer, walks through an arboretum and pumpkin patches!) I started thinking about my beauty routine transition from Summer to Winter. If you remember my transition to Spring post, you know there are a lot of changes that can be made to keep your routine seasonal. As I wrote previously it is a good idea to keep in mind that Winter/Summer should be focused on protection and hydration, while Spring/Fall gives you a chance to focus on repairing damage and keeping your skin healthy.

skin care

Cleansers – Oils, oils, oils. I will be saying oils are the key to everything for Winter beauty so be warned. Using a cleansing oil, even if you have dry and/or oily skin, is the best way to keep your skin hydrated throughout the Winter. As a bonus, oils are also crazy good at keeping your skin clean. Double cleansing is a great way to get rid of sebum, oil, and makeup as well as all the grime and dirt that builds up throughout the day. My current favorite oil cleanser is Palmer’s Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil, which keeps my skin very hydrated, clean and has a nice rose scent!

Moisturizer – Most moisturizers contain ingredients, such as humectants, ceramides, etc. that keep your skin from becoming dehydrated. This is obviously extremely important in the Winter time when the temps are cold and the air is harsh. Using a heavy moisturizer twice (or event 3 times) a day is your best bet to keeping your skin from cracking this Winter. Although it may sound gross at first, I am currently using Mizon’s All in One Snail Repair Cream, which contains 92% snail mucin. This moisturizer, while not as thick as I need for the upcoming Illinois Winter, is a great option for keeping your skin highly moisturized, as well as some bonus anti-aging effects. (Snail mucin is a legit skin care ingredient if you haven’t tried it out yet)

Sunscreen – I really hope this fact doesn’t shock anyone at this point, but you should be wearing sunscreen 365 days of the year! Just because it’s cold and cloudy does not mean that the sun’s UV rays won’t make their way down to your delicate skin. While you do not need to wear as much as the Summer, you should at the very least be wearing sunscreen on your face daily. The easiest way to accomplish this is to use an SPF moisturizer every AM. Yes to Carrots daily moisturizer is currently my go to, but I will soon be switching it out for a broad spectrum daily SPF moisturizer.

Mask – Winter is the best time to sit inside with a cozy blanket, some tea and rock a face mask for 30 mins. I don’t view masks as a very seasonal thing, any type can work all year round. Personally, I enjoy using clay/mud masks during the Winter simply because they feel more hydrating and pore cleansing for my skin than a sheet mask during the cold season.

body – Surprise, using oil is a great way to keep your skin hydrated and healthy! Oils contain fatty acids, which can penetrate our skin at different degrees. Using a vitamin E oil is the best way (and my personal favorite) to keep your cuticles from being dry and swollen this Winter. I use Sally Hansen’s cuticle oil every night to keep my nail beds healthy. Much like your nails, your arms and legs can benefit from some vitamin E love. Using a body oil or vitamin E-containing lotion will help your elbows and legs from drying up this Winter.

Take-away: Look for skin care products that still provide protection and treat any concerns you may have, but try to find products that will keep your skin super hydrated throughout the Winter. Think oils, oils, oils.

hair care

treatment – It’s hard to get seasonal with a shampoo and conditioner routine unless you go by scent, but you can get very seasonal with hair treatments. Intensive hydration masks and hair oil are your new best friend this Winter. Argan oil is the golden standard for hair oils, it keeps your tresses hydrated, shiny, slick, and healthy (full of nice fatty acids). If you feel your hair getting more brittle and dried out as the season goes on you may want to consider a hair mask. Using a mask ~once/week is a great way to treat yo tresses. My current favorite is a DIY coconut oil mask, literally the easiest thing ever, and is extremely hydrating.

Take-away: Treat your tresses this Winter, and try to keep them out of the harsh weather  (hats and braids are essential).


In my transition to Spring post, I included a makeup section and touched on topics such as color and formulas. While I can definitely explain the composition behind these, I feel it’s a bit out of place as a beauty science blogger to share what I believe is the seasonal look for Winter makeup. So as I wrote earlier makeup is a personal choice so have fun with whatever products and colors you choose to use!

So there you have it. My recommendations for switching your Summer beauty routine to a Winter focused one. While we do still have a few months (hopefully) until Winter hits, it’s a good idea to be proactive and keep your skin and hair hydrated for the upcoming season!

Any comments or questions? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

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