Fashion & Beauty
Colorado’s winter weather can make the healthiest of skin look dry and dull. Our high altitude and cold temperatures take their toll. But there are a number of things you can do to stave off the effects of the harsh climate and put a fresh face on the season.
Here are some ways to give your complexion a winter pick-me-up.
This is the quickest and most effective way to go from drab to fab. Remove dead skin daily for optimal skin health. I love Clarisonic cleansing brushes for this. If you do not have one, find an exfoliator made specifically for the face, and another for the body. When you are turning over the dead skin cells, you are making the body produce more collagen.
Keeping your eyebrows clean and sleek can give you an instant lift. Tweeze stray hairs. The brow should be filled in, but be careful of the painted-on “magic marker” look that is so big right now. A clean and natural brow is the way to go.
You want your skin to look like perfect skin, not like you are wearing a mask. If foundation is caked on, skin will look dry. Try some of the great new BB crèmes on the market. I am fond of the Lira Clinical BB Cremes. Basically, it is an amped-up tinted moisture. When I use these on my clients, they get a beautifully hydrated look along with many other skincare benefits. If you do not have a BB crème handy, add a dab of moisturizer to your foundation. I don’t believe in adding too much finishing powder, as that will just add to the dry look.
Sweeping a soft layer of pink or peach on your cheeks will instantly add a boost. Think about the color you naturally blush, and use that. Go light, as a simple sweep of pink or peach gives the best pay off. Apply it to the apples of the cheek, and make sure you blend it downward on the face.
A little dash of shimmer will make all the difference. I like to use a lightweight illuminating liquid on the cheekbone, as well as add it to the nose, chin and above the brows. I use a shimmering powder for an oilier complexion. This look will instantly make you look refreshed even when you did not get the proper amount of sleep the night before.
Give lips a healthy look by adding a layer of light pink or nude lip gloss. Stay away from trendy matte colors, especially if your lips are dry or chapped. All lip glosses are not created equal. I suggest you find one that has true moisturize benefits. I prefer a mineral-based gloss that will give you a bit of additional sun protection as well.
Do your eyes look dull or tired? I have a few ideas for brightening the white. Think about what goes into your body. My mother always told me you are what you eat, so look for specific food to brighten the eyes. I suggest carrots, avocados, kale, eggs, and sunflower seeds to start.
Finally, there’s nothing like a good night’s sleep to help you look and feel your best. And drink plenty of water during the day to stay hydrated in our dry climate.
Michael Moore is a Denver-based beauty and wellness expert dedicated to helping women and men reveal their best selves through education and transformation. Visit Mooreforlife.com.
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