Brrrrrr. It’s COLD out there. It’s time for me to wrap my cold paws around a warm cup of hot chocolate. Ahhh! That’s better. Winter can really be tough on our delicate skin, particularly as we age. But, there’s no need to go all high-end to battle its effects-- sometimes simple works best.
Here are five simple, yet effective, products you can throw in your makeup kit before you walk out the door that will help you face Old Man Winter with a smile.
TINTED LIP GLOSS
I love Laura Mercier’s Tinted Lip Gloss in Peach ‘n Glow, but any tinted lip gloss can be a great moisturizer-on-the-go for winter dry lips. I just glide it over my lips any time I feel the need for a little moisture boost. Also, a touch on the cheeks or just along the cheekbones is a perfect pick-me-up for dry cheeks. Not only does it add moisture, but you get a hint of shine and a dash of color – the perfect winter Trifecta.
Emery boards are not only good for filing your nails, but the rougher side, which we are advised to use only on broken nails, is absolutely perfect for smoothing rough skin. You know those little dry patches you get on your hands in the winter? Well, just use the rough side of your emery board to buff them away, before adding your hand lotion, and voilà, your hands are soft and smooth. After all, you never know when some dashing gentleman might decide to give your hands a romantic buss, and you definitely want to make sure they are kissably soft.
Speaking of hand lotion, I am absolutely addicted to Laura Mercier’s Ambre Vanillé body lotion. I keep the large size in my bathroom and always order a sample size (when available) on line to put in my makeup bag. Not only is hand lotion a fabulous balm for your hands, but it has other uses as well. It’s a great cure for the static cling that makes silky fabrics stick to your legs in the winter. Just rub a little on your legs, right over your hose, and your dress or skirt no longer sticks to your legs. It’s also a great way to smooth flyaway hair while making your tresses smell sooo delicious.
While we’re on the subject of eyes, do you ever get that crinkly feeling around your eyes in the winter? Well, Burt’s Bees lip balm doesn’t just work on your lips, it also smooths out that crinkly feeling around your eyes. Yes, Ladies, I use it as an eye balm whenever I feel that tightness in the outer corners of my eyes. It works like a charm.
(M-T Helpful Hint: When you get the sniffles from one of those nasty winter colds, buy a cheap tube of clear Chapstick, and every time you blow your nose, rub a little on the area around your nose to keep it from getting red and irritated – so much easier than carrying around a jar of Vaseline, n’est-ce pas? Just don’t forget to throw it away when your cold is gone. It’s got all those nasty cold germs on it.)
Jack Frost will surely think twice about nipping at your nose when you put your prettiest, softest face forward this winter.