Blame it on the West Wing, but for a short period of time we were convinced we wanted to be White House staffers. That whim has long past, but we’re still excited to welcome this week’s blogger, Belle of Capitol Hill Style. The DC-based blogger is out to dispel the myth that you can’t be a serious Capitol Hill staffer and also love fashion. We love her sharp, funny style observations and practical advice (to wit: three ways to wear this season’s cropped sweater). All week, she’ll be sharing her best beauty advice.
As winter approaches, the humidity dissipates and the air dries — and my skin dries out right along with it. By February, the chilly air and the constant barrage of central heating has taken its toll on my epidermis. Luckily, there is hope for those of us afflicted with dull, dry, flaky, and ashy skin.
Step 1: Exfoliate
It may sound counterintuitive, but the way to combat dry, flaky skin is to exfoliate. Because it doesn’t matter how aggressively you moisturize, if you don’t scrub away the dead skin, you’ll never fix the problem.
When exfoliating your face, you need to find a happy medium. Too much scrubbing, and you’ll look like you were attacked by a sand blaster. Too little, and your skin will look tired and dull. If you’re clueless about exfoliating (I was), the solution is the Clarisonic Mia. Clarisonic has mastered the balance between gentle and powerful. The oscillating brush transforms dull skin into a brighter, smoother complexion. And unlike a serum or cream, which must be used every day for maximum effectiveness, you can use the Clarisonic as much or as little as you need.
Step 2: Step up Hydration
I like to dab a bit of Eucerin Aquaphor under my eyes and on my lips before bed. These thin, delicate tissues dry out more quickly than the rest of my face, and I find that just a light application of this thick balm keeps them well moisturized. To moisturize the skin below my neck, I turn to Bare Love Body Luxury Body Fuel, Daily Recovery Treatment. This lightweight body oil is designed to banish the parched, tight-all-over feeling that plagues skin in the drier winter months. Plus, it’s made with a special time-release OlioLove Technology, meaning you’ll feel the results long after you’ve slathered it on.
Step 3: Cleanse Smart
If you have acne-prone skin (I do), you don’t want to over-moisturize. To avoid this problem, I use Philosophy Hope in a Jar year-round instead of switching to a heavier cream in the winter. But, while I use a potent, glycolic acid face wash in the summer, I switch to a mild cleanser in the colder months. Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple is strong enough to remove any lingering makeup and impurities, without stripping my skin.
Winter is the time to baby your skin. Use a gentle cleanser, a good quality moisturizer and make sure you exfoliate. Just because it’s chilly, doesn’t mean you can’t have great skin.