cold weather survival tips so y’all can start the new year with soft glowy skin
I posted a list of beauty tips for hot weather on my old blog at the beginning of the summer and it went over really well, so I thought I’d do a cold weather version now that we’re in peak chapped-lips-and-cracked-hands season.
Do yourself a favor by going to the nearest drugstore and buying the biggest tub of Vaseline/petroleum jelly you can find. 90% of Dry Skin Problems™ can be solved by slapping some Vaseline on there.
Seriously. Chapped lips? Use Vaseline as a lip balm. Dry, cracked heels? Slather those feetsies with Vaseline right before you go to bed (just put socks on to keep from getting your sheets all sticky) for an overnight moisturizing treatment. (You can do the same thing on your hands if they’re dry and cracked!) I’ve even used Vaseline to fix severe dry patches on my face and neck. This stuff is a lifesaver.
(You might also wanna get one of those tiny mini tubs to keep in your jacket pocket or in your bag, so you’ll always have it on you. It works way better than lip balm and is the only thing that can keep my lips from cracking and bleeding all winter long.)
While you’re at the store, it’s a good idea to invest in a good lotion. Most scented lotions (especially Bath & Body Works brand) actually make my dry skin worse because of the perfume in them, so you might want to look into an unscented formula. Try to avoid formulas that contain alcohol (which is sometimes used to make the lotion absorb faster) because they’ll dry you out worse than before.
I always recommend using lotions and moisturizers made for sensitive skin even if your skin isn’t actually sensitive, because they don’t have as many harsh ingredients that might draw moisture out of your skin! Looking for formulas with all-natural ingredients (like Burt’s Bees and Yes To) is another good way to avoid heavy chemicals.
Replace your makeup remover with olive oil. It melts makeup right off, and you don’t have to scrub at your face like you do with a lot of makeup removers. It’s also super hydrating and makes my skin feel SO SOFT after I use it. (Just be sure to wash it off with a cleanser before you go to bed.) A lot of people use coconut oil the same way, but I’ve never tried it so I can’t speak for how well it works compared to olive oil.
If your foundation sticks really noticeably to the dry patches on your face, a good hydrating makeup primer can help a lot. e.l.f. has really good, really cheap primers that I swear by, and they even have one specifically made for dry skin! (And you can find them at Walmart and most drugstores, so you can swing by and pick it up while you’re getting your groceries.)
Avoid “matte” or “mattifying” foundation formulas in general if your skin is really dry, because they’ll just make your dry patches more noticeable. Use a “satin finish” or “dewy finish” foundation instead, and if you want to make it look more matte you can always set it with a powder to take away the shine!
If your lips are really dry and scaly, the best thing to do is just exfoliate the dead skin away. You can make your own lip scrub really easily by mixing sugar with either olive oil or honey, and just rub it on your lips to buff off the dry skin. Be sure to follow with Vaseline or a good lip balm!
As a matter of fact, you should really be exfoliating your entire face once or twice a week, especially if you have really dry skin. You can buy exfoliating scrubs at the store for a few bucks or make your own. (My favorite is a homemade scrub with 1 tablespoon of cooled green tea, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and a few drops of tea tree oil. It makes my skin soooo soft and helps fade my acne scars.)
Consider replacing your moisturizer with a face-safe oil like jojoba or rosehip at night. (I wouldn’t recommend using olive oil or coconut oil for this though, because they’re a little too heavy.) I started using rosehip oil every night to help with the scarring on my face, and it makes my skin feel so good. It doesn’t absorb right away, so it’s almost like sleeping in a face mask every night, and you wake up with a baby-soft face. This is the first winter I haven’t had really dry patches on my face, and I think using facial oils has a lot to do with it.
If your lipstick is drying out your lips, use a very light layer of Vaseline as a lip primer! This also makes the lipstick go on smoother – I’ve been using this trick for chalky/streaky lipsticks for years. (I told you, Vaseline is a lifesaver.)
I know everyone on tumblr is always saying this, but it really is important; you gotta stay hydrated. Drink water. (Drinks like soda actually dehydrate you, so it really does have to be water.) If your skin is just feeling a little dryer than usual, it could be because you just aren’t getting enough water. Increasing your water intake is a really easy, completely free way to help your skin out.
And fyi, these tips aren’t just for girls! If you’re a guy with dry skin, feel free to use any and all of the things I talked about in this post! Taking care of your body is gender neutral and everybody deserves to have nice skin.
RFA+Saeran+V reaction to MC who's originally from a cold country (like Finland, Norway etc) , has that classic blond hair blue eyes scandinavian look and just isnt bothered by cold? Like there could be a snow storm outside and shes walking around the house with only a tshirt on complaining shes hot and when everyone else is freezing outside shes walking around with her jacket open complaining shes sweating? Love your blog so much thank you for all the good work and have happy holidays!!! <3
are you like this??? ‘Cause I’m like this, 500%, 11/10, we can play in the rain
in shorts, let’s go ~Admin 404
the blonde hair and blue eyes but switched it up with a few different things to
keep the ball rolling, hope you don’t mind! ^^;;;;)
-The first time he saw you, he was ecstatic!!
You have blonde hair just like him!! Was it bleached???
-IT’S NOT BLEACHED? OMG Y E S
-He was so excited!!! He loves it!!!
You’re so pretty!!
-One day, while playing LOLOL, he
was completely bundled in every blanket in the house, because it was so cold!!!
-When he saw you come home in a
t-shirt and some shorts though, he was speechless
-??? Aren’t you cold?? COME HERE MC,
I’LL SHARE MY BLANKETS
-You tell him that the cold just
doesn’t bother you because where you’re from
- cue confused yoosung
-hoW COULD HE FORGET TO ASK YOU
WHERE YOU’RE FROM, AFTER ALL THIS TIME????????
-Once you told him you were from
Finland, he had you describe the place in extreme detail! What does it look
like? Is it always cold? How cold? Does that mean I don’t have to share my
blankets with you??? Can you keep me warm pls mc
-The Bright Coloured Eyes Squad
-The moment he met you in person, he
just HAD to know where you were from!!
-Not only because he wanted to know
everything about you, but because your eyes and blonde hair were amazing!!
-You both have light hair and bright
coloured eyes!!! He’s so excited!!!
-One day, near Christmas, he planned
to take you out to watch the town’s Christmas tree light up
-Where was your jacket?? Did you
forget it??? MC WHY DIDN’T YOU SAY ANYTHING
-So, being the gentleman he is, he
took his off and tried to wrap it around you
-When you refused, he was extremely
confused?? Like, aren’t you cold? We’ve been standing outside for a very long
time MC how are you not completely frozen
-You told him that you just don’t
get cold because you grew up in Norway! It’s okay! Please take your coat back
so you don’t get cold, Zen!
-He remembered you telling him that,
but, he still worries!! Looks for absolutely any sign that you’re cold so he
can warm you up!! come on MC, throw him a bone, pretend to be cold and wear
-SHE LOVES YOUR GREENLANDIC ACCENT
-SHE DID NOT EXPECT IT AT ALL
-Hey MC read this document out loud
to me just…to see if there’s any mistakes, yeah, let’s go with that
-She visited your house one winter
day, where the temperature was extremely low
-Expected to walk into a nice, warm
house, away from the harsh winter winds!
-DID YOU HAVE THE A/C ON WHAT IS
WRONG WITH YOU
-She had to put on an extra jacket
of yours, not to mention wrap herself up in about three of your blankets
-But you?? You were in a sun dress?
MC it’S WINTER WHAT IS HAPPENING
-She quickly realized that growing
up in such a cold place conditions you to be okay in the cold!!! That explains
why you’re always complaining about the heat when she has the heater on!
-Completely respects it and doesn’t
ask you to turn on the heater just for her but you do anyway because you’re
not about to let baehee just freeze on your couch
-Not only did he have the information
on you from Saeyoung, but he has Jaeehee do a background check as well
-So it didn’t come as a surprise
when he heard your Swedish accent or saw your bright blonde hair the first time
the two of you met
-He took the liberty of studying up
on Swedish culture and learned many things about the country
-Was not prepared for how cold it
usually is there, however
-So, during a snow storm, when you
ran outside in nothing but some shorts and a tank top not even shoES, MC,
YOU’RE GONNA GET SICK
-P A N I C
-MC YOU’RE GONNA FREEZE, AREN’T YOU
-You never wear the huge winter
jackets he buys you!!!! Why!!!
-Instead of asking you himself, in
fear of offending you, he had to have Jaehee explain to him that, you just
aren’t that cold because you grew up in Norrland, which is the colder part of
-FEELS LIKLE AN IDIOT, but won’t
tell you that. From then on, he’ll let you wear whatever you want in the snow
so long as you agree to put on shoes because!!! Just because you aren’t cold
doesn’t mean you can’t still get sick!!!!
-thoSE BLUE EYES SOMEONE SAVE HIM HE
CAN’T LOOK INTO THEM FOR THE LONGEST TIME BECAUSE HE GETS. SO. FLUSTERED.
-Because of the background check, he
knows that you grew up in Denmark
-He’s a pretty smart guy! He knows
the climate of Denmark, so he was prepared
- buys a ton of blankets to cover
-He lets you turn down the
thermostat because he’d rather you be comfortable than him!!
-Still tries to offer you his hoodie
though- IT’S THE RIGHT THING TO DO MC
-Tries to condition himself into not
being cold often, so he can run outside and stay out as long as you can!!
-Doesn’t work out very well though,
but at least he tried
-You decide that you can live with
the heat every now and then and cuddle close under the blankets for hours just
to please him
-Every time there’s a rain storm, it
gets cold and there’s heavy rain
-Yet, you’re always outside???
-IN SUMMER CLOTHES????
-MC WHAT ARE YOU DOING JESUS CHRIST
YOU’RE GONNA GET VERY VERY SICK PLEASE COME INSIDE
-He’s travelled a lot for
photography, so it wouldn’t be surprising if he’s visited Estonia winter
-Remembers that it’s very cold, for
a very long time!
-Also remembers that, hey, wait,
that’s where MC grew up
-You still have to remind him every
now and again that you’re completely fine in the cold! Please let me go play in
the rain!!! I promise I’ll wear boots this time!!!
-Can’t say no to you because you’re
- plans a trip to your home town
because thE BEAUTIFUL AESTHETICS!!!
-Accent accent accent ruSSIAN ACCENT
-LOVES IT BUT PRETENDS HE ABSOLUTELY
FUCKING HATES IT
-When the two of you go for walks in
the winter, you put on winter clothes because you don’t want him to be
-He doesn’t like the weird stares
you get because you’re in shorts when it’s snowing
- not to mention all of the pervs
that check you out in those shorts back off my mc you vulture
-But you were dying from the heat?
You had to keep fanning yourself and kept tugging at your shirt to try and stop
-You didn’t even have that thick of
a jacket on!!
-“What is your problem,
-He’ll let you go without a jacket,
hoping it’ll help you cool off some, but he’s still concerned that you’ll
freeze, and makes sure the two of you aren’t outside for long periods of time
without your coat