Much more than just a change in temperature, a new season ushers in sentimentality, reflection, and chances to begin anew. Case in point: Last winter was the first time I took a hard look at my troubled skin after years of trying to cover it up rather than trying to understand the root cause. This summer was the first time I decided to treat myself to a monthly subscription to Petit Vour, a beauty box that features all kinds of cruelty-free goodies. Honestly, my interest in beauty and self-care has grown tenfold since I began writing for PD over two(!) years ago. I’m finally realizing that my self-worth is not compromised by having what some might consider “vain” interests; to the contrary, I find that I love and appreciate myself more when I’m actively caring for myself outwardly and internally.
With all this in mind, I’m interested in adopting some new habits and routines in light of the changing season. Whether you’re looking for some fun new ideas or in major need of a beauty overhaul, I hope my resolutions will inspire you!
1. Dry brushing every day
I started dry brushing earlier this year and quickly fell out of habit. If you’ve never tried dry brushing, it’s essentially a technique that’s said to slough off dead skin, stimulate the lymphatic system, reduce cellulite, and unclog pores. It’s recommended that you dry brush once a day before showering. Starting at the toes, brush in sweeping motions towards the heart, moving to the calves, thighs, stomach, chest, and arms. I purchased my dry brush at Whole Foods, but there are plenty of affordable brushes online as well.
2. Moisturizing all over
I’m pretty religious about moisturizing my face before bed, but I almost never moisturize the rest of my body. As we all know, cold temperatures can be incredibly drying on the skin, and not just the face. I’m going to make a concerted effort to moisturize after showering at night by keeping body lotion on my nightstand. I’m thinking Ellovi Body Butter in vanilla might do the trick! For my face, I will continue to use this Brightening Night Creme by derma e since my skin seems to love it.
3. A fun red lipstick
Does anyone else feel more pulled together with a swipe of a bright red lipstick? I certainly do. The problem is that I just can’t seem to find the right shade for my skin tone. I’m intrigued by this matte lipstick from Aromi or this lipstick from 100% Pure. And lest you think that a red lippy should be restricted to holiday parties and galas, I completely support donning it to work or school. It’s the perfect color that walks the line between fancy and sophisticated, making it a perfect choice for all occasions.
4. Hair accessories
Over the summer, I cut my hair to a short bob just below my chin. It was perfectly freeing and didn’t require a whole lot of styling, which was such a relief during a particularly humid summer. I’m not sure whether I want to grow my hair out or keep it short, so it’s in an awkward phase right now. This season, I’d like to employ some fun barrettes and headbands to add a little fun and glamour to my ‘do. I love these bejeweled bobby pins or this headband.
5. Use clay face mask once a week
This is a resolution I’d like to carry into next year. I’ve been using a bentonite clay mask for a few months now, but not with the regularity I’d like. Yes, this stuff has gained a lot of popularity in the past few years, and for good reason: it is an excellent vehicle with which to cleanse the pores and treat acne. My face always feel noticeably smoother after washing it off. I use this brand, which comes in a powder, but there are others that are sold ready for use.
What are your winter beauty resolutions? Please share!
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Photos: Mitya Ku via Flickr; The Balance Pointe, VeganCuts, Aromi Beauty, Anthropologie, Glam Organic Goddess