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Winter Beauty Survival Guide

December 18, 2019 4 min read 22 Comments

Looking for a new winter recipe?  2 cups of cold temperatures, 3 tablespoons of harsh winds, 1 teaspoon of time spent indoors, with a dash of dry heat turn into a terrible combination that can wreak havoc on your skin and hair. 

Here’s how to rescue your routine from that terrible winter recipe so you can weather the elements without being any worse for wear.



In chilly months, the air gets very dry which means our skin can too. While it’s important to moisturize every season, you’ve really got to pump it up in winter.

This usually means switching your tried and true summer go-to’s for ones that are more hydrating. What’s the name of my fav new go-to? Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion. Hyper-allergenic—check. Non-comedogenic— double-check.  Fragrance-free —triple check.  Light feel with maximum hydration—Quad-check!

Pro Tip: Be sure to moisturize when your skin is still damp like after a  warm shower or soothing bath so you can absorb all of the benefits. 


Your face isn’t the only thing that gets dry. Nourish your skin by slathering your entire body so you don’t get flaky skin. 

The knees, elbows, legs, and hands are prime dry areas during the winter, so pay some attention to them too.


Exfoliating and winter are two words that normally don’t go together, but boy they should! With the potential for super dry and flaky skin, gentle exfoliation can be your best bet to get smooth and glowing skin. 

But because your skin can be a little more sensitive during this time of year, you don’t want to overdo it or use harsh exfoliates. Instead, go with one that’s super moisturizing as well as gentle.  

My personal pick is St. Ives’ Nourished & Smooth Oatmeal Scrub + Mask.  After a day of pampering my skin with this, I feel like I’ve had a mini facial and body scrub right at home!



I know. Breaking up is hard to do but consider saying goodbye to powder in the winter … or at least ease up on the application.  

This is especially true if you have dry skin. Too much powder can actually accentuate those dry areas;  a look we actively want to avoid.

Instead, try to use more liquid products.


Use a luminous primer instead of a traditional matte one that may have worked in the summer. This will help give your skin that just walked off the runaway dewy look. 

As for foundation, a creamier base (even one with a built-in concealer) will glide on much more smoothly over a good primer and/or serum.  

End result? A makeup look that hides flaky areas while also caring for your skin. 


Ever walk outside when it’s cold, lick your lips and it feels like you ran your tongue across sandpaper?  Yeah, not fun! My lips get drier than the Sahara during the winter so I have to carry lip balm 24/7. They’re in my jacket, on my dresser, in every bag, NO place is safe from the balm! 

One of my favorites is Dr. Bronner’s Organic Lip Balms in the Naked scent. Holy crap is this stuff moisturizing! Bonus? It’s made with organic beeswax and no synthetic ingredients.

Pro Tip: Try to stay as hydrated as possible with lots of water plus eating more hydrating fruits and veggies (I’m a work in progress on that last one!)



Like our skin, our hair can get super dry, brittle, and dull during the winter season. When this happens, a deep conditioner is your best friend. Call her often. 

Deep conditioning at least once a week should help hydrate your hair.  If, however, you feel your hair getting to “soft”, switch it up with a strengthening (protein) conditioner so you have a good balance of suppleness and strength.

Pro Tip: Try rinsing with a creme rinse or slightly cool water which will increase shine because it locks in all that good moisturizing product,  versus warm water which will rinse the product away.


Seriously fuggedaboudit! Your hair is already fragile from the colder temps so give your straightener, curling iron or blow dryer a winter vacay.  

Pro tip: If you’re in a colder climate you’ll probably be wearing a hat most of the time so no need for potentially damaging heat. Embrace your natural hair patterns and try heatless hairstyles.


If you’re someone who washes their hair every day, it’s time to switch things up. Overwashing your hair can strip it of natural oils that help keep it moisturized and protected (which is what you need during the winter).

Try extending the time between your washes as much as possible. Skip a day if you’re an everyday washer or three days if your hair isn’t producing enough natural oils.

If you really can’t stand the thought of not washing your hair, use dry shampoo to help extend the time between washes. Not only will it open up the hair shaft and bring life back to your hairstyle, but it will also keep your hair smelling and looking fresh.

Pro Tip:  Make sure you’re watching your diet so it includes foods and snacks that promote healthy skin (fish like salmon, nuts like almonds & walnuts)

Want some more beauty-related articles? Check out some of my other posts:

Does your beauty routine change during the winter months? Any tips to share? 


  • Crystal // Dreams, etc. December 22, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    I always have moisturizer and lip balm with me in winter. I try not to overdo it with both, but they’re definitely necessities!

    • annaelleliz December 22, 2019 at 11:46 pm

      So true! They are the winter essentials!

  • Amber Myers December 20, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    I’ll keep this in mind for sure! My skin can get so dry in the winter. I always have lip balm nearby.

    • annaelleliz December 20, 2019 at 4:06 pm

      Lip balm and moisturizer are my saving grace during the winter!

  • Julie Hood December 20, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    OMG Anna I love your blog!! The colors, the layout…how had I not known about it before?! Anyway, love this post and I actually just started using a deep conditioner for my hair since it’s sooooo freaking dry in the winter!!!

    • annaelleliz December 20, 2019 at 3:55 pm

      That is the sweetest Julie! But can we talk about how amazing your blog is … it’s so warm and inviting and girly!

      Yes! My hair is just shedding worse than a dog, lol. I have to use a deep conditioner every week!

  • Charlene December 19, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Ugh my skin is so dry in the winter! Moisturizing and exfoliating is key!

    • annaelleliz December 19, 2019 at 5:14 pm

      Same! It literally looks like I stuck my hands in a bag of flour sometimes, hehe.

  • Genevieve December 19, 2019 at 3:36 am

    All of these tips are awesome! I especially love the let your hair breathe one.

    • annaelleliz December 19, 2019 at 5:04 pm

      Thank you! I didn’t realize how important that one was until a couple of years ago when I stopped using heated tools on my hair.

  • Monica December 18, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    Loved this! I have been realizing my powder is making me look more dry. Time to ditch it! I need a better foundation or a good tinted moisturizer. Winter is so harsh on our skin!

    • annaelleliz December 19, 2019 at 4:56 pm

      Love the season, hate the harshness. Yes! That powder is just not working for the winter!

  • Erin December 18, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    Great read! Moisturizer certainly is at the top of my list:) Dry shampoo is another essential item for this busy mom !

    • annaelleliz December 18, 2019 at 8:38 pm

      Thank you! Moisturizer and lip balm are my beauty bff’s right now!

  • Lori Geurin December 18, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion is a year-round must-have in our household…but especially in the winter! And I’m all about heatless hairstyling. I try to let my hair air dry whenever possible. Love these ideas!

    • annaelleliz December 18, 2019 at 8:37 pm

      My mom always had Cetaphil anything around the house (still does), and I could never get why she loved them but I totally get it now.

      Yes! It’s so tempting to put heat in your hair but air drying is the way to go.

      Aww, thanks so much!

  • Marina December 18, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    What a lovely post. I change my beauty routine 3/4 times a year. When is cold…very cold I use oils on my face and body. Have you ever tried avocado and grape seed oils? They’re amazing on skin x

    • annaelleliz December 18, 2019 at 8:33 pm

      Thank you, and thanks for the tip! I’ve never used avocado or grapeseed oils but I now I really want to try it 😁

      I love avocado masks for hair so I’m sure they have to do wonders on skin!

      • Marina December 21, 2019 at 6:00 am

        Yep avocado is fantastic, but believe me grapeseed oil is something amazing! Let me know if you try them x

        • annaelleliz December 22, 2019 at 11:45 pm

          Ohh! So excited to try them out! Will def let you know.

  • Beth Elkassih December 18, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    What a lovely article about self-care. Yes I need to let my hair breathe and I can’t go anywhere without my lip balm! Thanks for sharing. btw…. you have a very nice website…. very user-friendly and appealing!

    • annaelleliz December 18, 2019 at 2:16 pm

      Aww thanks so much! I had to hide my hair tools this season because the temptation was too real. I actually purchased some lip balm at Target and the box was empty so now I’m lip balm less and don’t know how to feel!

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