By: Esther Lee
Photos by: Isabel Lord
As seasons go, winter is definitely one with its own special charm. There’s nothing quite like the sheer joy and relief post Fall Semesters finals, and college students everywhere are free to enjoy the holidays’ jingle bells and New Year’s countdowns. Though this year’s weather started off with pretty mild temperatures, the recent snow is a clear sign that winter has officially set in. Cold and dry climates can make it difficult to maintain a hydrated, fresh face – and this means it’s time to re-evaluate our skincare regimen. Luckily, Thirty Seventh has a few tips and tricks that can turn any winter dullness into a beautiful glow!
We know you’ve heard this one before—but drinking water is by far the easiest and most painless way to help rejuvenate your skin and overall health. Whether it’s constantly refilling your Georgetown Camelback or remembering to drink a glass of water before class, be sure you’re drinking enough water. The recommended amount is between 9-12 glasses a day!
Avoid Long/Hot Showers or Baths
It can be super tempting to turn up the heat in the shower after being in the frigid cold, but taking showers that are too lengthy and hot can be very bad for your skin, breaking down its natural barriers and stripping it of moisture. Opt for shorter showers/baths with warm water instead.
Use the Right Skincare Products
In the winter, switch to cream or oil-based moisturizers like Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser ($10), designed to prevent your skin from losing moisture. CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser ($13) is also a great option, as it contains skin-protecting ingredients like ceramides and skin-nourishing ingredients like hyaluronic acid.
Gently exfoliating your skin can also help you get that winter glow, as it removes dead skin cells and makes it easier for moisturizers to penetrate the skin. Try a facial exfoliant like Olay Fresh Effects Bead Me Up Exfoliating Cleanser ($7) twice a week, and St. Ives Purifying Sea Salt Body Wash ($5) containing mineral salt.
After coming out of the shower, moisturize immediately—your skin has a short window before it starts losing moisture. Try oil or cream-based moisturizers like C. Booth Original Bath & Body Oil ($10) containing olive, sesame, sunflower, and evening primrose oil, or their 4-in-1 Multi-Action Body Lotion ($10) containing almond, apricot kernel, and shea butter oil. Oil-based moisturizers work better than those that are water-based because the oil helps your skin retain moisture.
In addition to moisturizing after showering, don’t forget to regularly moisturize your hands and lips. Try VMV Hypoallergenics Essence Hand + Body Smoother ($25) for soft and supple hands, and Lucas’ Papaw Ointment ($12) for chapped lips.
Use Illuminating Makeup
Makeup is another tool that can create the “natural” glow that often gets stripped away during the colder months. CoverFX Illuminating Primer ($38) or NYX Cosmetics Born to Glow Illuminating Primer ($14) can provide not only a smoother base for easier makeup application, but also brighten up one’s complexion. For the undereye area, try NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($29) or Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer ($9).
Starting off your makeup routine right with primer and concealer is essential, but highlighting is the pièce de résistance that can pull your entire look together. Benefit Cosmetics High Beam ($26) offers a great liquid option, while Physicians Formula Powder Palette Mineral Glow ($14) is an amazing highlight powder.
From simply drinking more water to applying perfectly radiant highlighter, there are many steps you can mix and match at your own discretion to save your skin this winter—not to mention get yourself one step closer to achieving a Gigi Hadid-level glow!