Monday, February 17, 2014

Winter Beauty Tips

Is the cold winter season drying out your skin? Is your fragrance/perfume not lasting? Here are some great winter beauty tips from Patti Kapla, beauty aficionado and V.P. Business Development of leading beauty e-retailer FragranceNet.com. From tips on choosing a fragrance that is perfect for this season, to keeping skin from drying out in the cold, I think this expert information could be really useful.

1. It seems like fragrance fades more quickly in the winter. How can I make it last longer?

Since your sense of smell is not as sharp in the winter as it is in the summer -heat increases the impact of a scent, try layering your favorite scents. Lucky for us, layering with fragrance is easy to do when we have matching shower gels and body lotions offered with our favorite fragrance. Using the shower gel, soap, shampoo, etc. of your favorite fragrance will help make your fragrance last all day long!

2. Should you switch perfumes with the seasons?

Naturally we gravitate to warmer, heartier things in the winter -- thick sweaters, soups that warm the soul, even warmer makeup tones. Cold-weather fragrances are traditionally more musky and a tad sweeter than warm-weather scents, which tend to be floral and crisp. Think spicy boldness versus breezy citrus. There are plenty of perfumes and colognes out there that go perfectly with a warm, crackling fire.

3. What are the most popular winter scents (both perfume and cologne)?

Choose a winter fragrance from categories such as the chypre scents, which tend toward the woody and mossy aromas like pine. Bid adieu to the light, fruity and floral scents that are perfect for the warmer months, and welcome the heavier, spicier scents that harmonize with the cooler days and nights.

4. Does dry skin have an effect on the longevity of a fragrances’ scent vs. moisturized skin?

Scents cling to moisturized skin. If you don’t have the matching lotions offered with your favorite scent, try applying Vaseline or a non-scented moisturizer to your pulse points before you apply your fragrance. It will give your scent something to hold on to!

5. What are some ways to keep skin from drying out in the cold weather?

Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate! Let’s face it. Old Man Winter can (and does) wreak havoc on your skin. Constant moisturizing is essential during the colder months. While frigid temperatures contribute to the problem, so does too much heat. Overheating your house can zap the moisture right out of your skin. And while there is nothing better than a hot bath on a cold day, the same thing holds true: hot water will leave you feeling itchy and dry. Lukewarm is the best option, although not as enticing! Another tip? Be sure to apply your moisturizer immediately after your shower. If you tend to use gel-based moisturizers, you may consider switching to creamier versions during the winter, which are less likely to dry out. Also, if you get in the habit of washing your hands more to avoid the flu, be sure to carry moisturizer with you wherever you go.

6. What are the best ways to tame static, dry hair?

Your hair needs moisturizing just as much as your skin does, so it’s essential to use a shampoo specifically designed to trap the moisture, especially when it’s cold out. Depending on your hair type, select a shampoo and conditioner with just the right amount of hydration – ultra hydrating products can are often too much for thinner hair. Limit your time with the hair dryer. This one might seem like a no-brainer, but it’s important to reiterate. Let your hair air dry for as long as possible and then finish with the hair dryer. Hot oil treatments can help to keep moisture in, as well as everyday kitchen products like olive or vegetable oil. Moisturizing shampoos and conditioners will also alleviate static, which tends to rear its ugly head in the winter.

7. How do I revive my pale, tired complexion so I’m not overcompensating with makeup?

As winter bears down on us, we lose our summer skin tone. One way to avoid looking washed out is by mixing a little brown color into your daily eye shadow to warm it up. You can also switch to a slightly darker shade of foundation, if necessary. If you’re concerned about more than your face, try a self-tanner (preferably one that won’t give your skin an orange hue). If you like to use bronzer, make sure it’s the right tone for your skin. Nothing stands out more than dark bronzer on fair skin!

8. What are the best ways to tone down winter redness?

Cold temperatures and drying indoor heat can equal a stressed out complexion, so think about adding a few products to compliment and support your current routine. Swap your cleanser for a softer, creamier variety, brighten up with an exfoliating mask, amp-up your moisturizer with a few drops of hyaluronic acid and shield skin from wind and weather with a rich, healing balm.

9. What is your favorite winter beauty look?

While I love big cozy sweaters, warm socks, scarves and gloves, I also enjoy the unexpected look of bright, bold, colorful makeup. People tend to darken their makeup and nails to match the grey cold weather. I find it pleasantly uplifting to see dramatic color!

10. How can I banish my cracked, peeling lips for good?

There is nothing worse than a case of chapped lips. And winter weather does its best to whip up on our lips, ultimately causing burning, chapping and cracking. It’s not a pretty sight, and licking them only makes the problem worse. Cheap lip balms just don’t cut it, either. Your cherry-flavored Lip Smackers might temporarily ease discomfort, but it won’t help to prevent or heal chapped lips. Ingredients to look for in a lip balm are tea tree oil, beeswax, vitamin E, aloe and essential oils. It will help to apply your lip balm several times a day.

Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor received compensation for this promotion. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers.

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