How to Get a Winter Glow-Up

How to Get a Winter Glow-Up

The days are shorter, the air is colder, and your previously radiant skin now looks duller. Winter can be harsh on our skin. We're bombarded with drying winds, colder temperatures, and indoor heat that sucks the moisture right out of us. 

But don't fret! 

With the right healthy winter skin routine, you can have a glowing, radiant complexion—even during the harshest months of the year. Read on for all the tips you need to know about how to get a winter glow-up.

Hydrate Your Skin From The Inside Out

When you think of your skin, you’re most likely thinking about the top layer of skin you see. But in order to achieve a radiant complexion, you have to dig a little deeper. 

Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and its primary goal is to protect the body from outside forces like pollution and harsh weather. Staying hydrated helps your skin to regulate your body temperature and prevent hypothermia

Though it’s easy to forget, staying hydrated is a crucial habit to maintain your overall health and well-being. Ensure you’re drinking enough water throughout the day by:

  • Setting reminders. Use an alarm clock or timer to set up reminders every 2-3 hours. The best part is you can use resources you already have on hand: your phone.  
  • Adding a cup of water to a daily routine. Whether it's before dinner or the first thing you do when you wake up, make it a habit to drink a full cup of water. 
  • Having a favorite water bottle. Not only will you be more likely to drink water, but over time, your brain will associate this water bottle with drinking water. Eventually, just seeing this water bottle will make you reach for it. 
  • Flavoring your water. Many people just don’t like the taste of water, but fortunately, there are many ways to make water palatable. While you could always reach for a flavoring packet, don’t forget that you can also flavor your water with fresh fruits and herbs.   
  • Having a diet filled with fruits and vegetables. Drinking water is not the only way to stay hydrated. In fact, about 20% of your water consumption comes from what you eat. Consuming a diet filled with water-rich foods like cucumber, tomatoes, and watermelon can all contribute to staying hydrated.    

Not only will drinking water help keep your skin looking fresh and hydrated from the inside out, but staying hydrated will also help flush out toxins from your bloodstream that can cause breakouts or inflammation. When you keep your body hydrated, it helps keep everything in check and encourages healthy, radiant skin for a winter glow-up. 

Give Yourself A Moisture Boost

While you probably already moisturize daily, it may not be enough to have healthy winter skin. Our bodies are constantly trying to maintain a balance between oil production and hydration levels in our skin. During the winter season, when we're exposed to harsher climates and temperatures, our skin loses moisture more quickly than in any other season, resulting in dry, flaky skin. To combat cold dry skin, you need to boost your daily moisturizing game. 

Prep Your Skin

For a radiant face, prep your skin for the glowiest base by starting your day with clean skin using a gentle facial cleanser such as our Down To Earth Gel Cleanser. Pat your skin dry and freshen up with a vitamin-rich serum to nourish dull winter skin, like our Pep Rally Face Serum

Follow up with a hydrating facial moisturizer packed with hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture. Not only can a gentle moisturizer like our Daydreamer Natural Face Moisturizer keep your skin hydrated, but it also has healing properties added to fight inflammation and repair your skin.

And while your skin can make do with just a facial moisturizer in other seasons, your skin will thank you for adding a second layer of moisturization this winter. For a radiant complexion, finish your prep with a face cream like our Cloud Whip Face Cream, formulated with antioxidants to protect your skin from outside elements while locking in moisture.  

But you’re not done yet.

While your body may not be exposed to harsh weather, it still feels the effect of winter. Swap your regular all-over body moisturizer for a thicker cream like our Coco Cocoa Creme Body Butter for healthy winter skin. 

Not only will you notice the difference in moisturization, cuticles, hands, and feet, but the rich texture of this body butter will leave your cold dry skin feeling nourished and soft. 

Don’t Forget the Sunscreen

For healthy winter skin, make sure you’re applying sunscreen every day(yes, even in winter!) regardless of whether or not you plan to go outside or how cloudy/sunny it looks outside. 

Look for products, such as our Chase the Sun SPF 30 Face Moisturizer, that have SPF 30+ as well as UVA/UVB protection so you can protect against sunburns and wrinkles alike. The same rules for using sunscreen in the summer apply all year round, so be sure to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, especially during long outdoor activities.

Treat Yourself to Facials

If your face is feeling extra dry or tight even after the second round of moisturizer, try adding a face mask into your routine 1-2 times per week for healthy winter skin. An antioxidant-rich facial mask like our No Plans Clay Mask can pack in double the amount of hydration a moisturizer can. Not to mention many face masks also provide additional benefits for radiant skin, like removing impurities and preventing aging. 

But every once in a while our everyday skincare routine just isn't enough—and that's okay! 

You can also treat yourself (and your skin!) by booking an appointment with a professional aesthetician who can provide more intensive treatments tailored specifically to meet your needs. 

Whether it's something as simple as a facial mask or something more involved like microdermabrasion or laser treatments, there are plenty of options available when it comes to treating yourself to some extra TLC.

Rethink Your Winter Makeup Routine

With the cold weather settling in, you might want to modify your make-up routine to find the perfect balance for a radiant complexion. Thankfully, you don't have to completely restock your makeup bag! 

Simple blushing and highlighting can be all it takes to get a winter glow-up. Bronzer can be applied around the perimeter of your face and over those beautiful cheekbones - the key to creating a warm, inviting look when temperatures start to drop! 

To really amp up the glow, use a highlighter on key places like the nose, cupid's bow, and cheekbones. A soft kiss of highlighter will have you glistening like you just walked in from a fresh summer breeze. With just a few small touches, you can keep radiant skin year-round.

The Bottom Line                       

Achieving a glowing, radiant complexion this winter doesn't have to be hard work! With these tips in mind, you'll be able to keep your glow alive throughout the winter season:

  • Hydrate from within with plenty of water, fruits, and vegetables daily
  • Give your skin an extra boost of hydration with rich moisturizers like serums, creams, and body butter 
  • Apply sunscreen daily
  • Treat yourself to a face mask or facial 1-2 times per week
  • Modify your makeup routine to amp up your glow

So go forth and get that winter glow-up for clear, radiant skin—you've got this!