Brrr… I don’t care what the calendar says, in my head, November means winter. And along with the good things like sweaters, boots and hot chocolate, cold weather brings about some things we could do without, namely goosebumps, outrageous heat bills and (gasp) skin that’s less than stellar. No worries Lovelies, Margot Grant Witz, Beauty Director at Elizabeth Grant Skincare below offers 5 tips to stay gorgeous all winter long. (P.S. Brooke Shields, Natalie Portman and Kate Hudson are among the celebs that turn to Margot for counsel – the woman was born to beautify!)
5 Cold Weather Skincare Myths: Debunked!
MYTH: SPF is only for summer time.
FACT: This is the biggest myth out there. Even though the sun is shining the strongest in the summer time, it doesn’t mean the sun isn’t out for 365 days a year. Even on cloudy days, the sun can be damaging to unprotected skin. How? UVA rays penetrate even the thickest of clouds, and act as one of the most, if not THE most potent aging factors in the environment. Use a SPF everyday of the year and in 10/20 years you and your baby-soft skin will thank me.
MYTH: “I don’t need to wash my face tonight. I’m not wearing any makeup. And it’s cold… I haven’t been sweating or anything!”
FACT: Even if you’ve been makeup free on a chilly fall day, dirt, oil and environmental residue can make you break out. Not a good enough reason? Think of it this way… all of the air you’ve hit throughout the day has particles in it, sticking to your skin. Once you lay down on your pillowcase, this dirt is transferred, and ready to breed bacteria. GROSS! Change your pillowcase weekly to avoid this, and hair-care residue transfer, from creating a prime pore clogging culprit.
MYTH: “I’m broke from holiday spending and thus can’t afford quality skincare that is expensive.”
FACT:Yes, there are pricier products, but it is not the packaging or the price that matters; it is the active ingredients. Spending tons of dough on a product. Key drugstore brand ingredients include Collagen to firm, a combination of Salicylic Acid & Glycolic Acid to rid & prevent blemishes & oil and Vitamin C to refresh.
MYTH: “I have good genes, I don’t need a skincare routine.”
FACT:Although this is kind of true, it’s also a case of nature vs. nurture. Of course good genes go a long way, but taking care of your skin makes the good genes last. By practicing a good skin care regime, it helps to make sure that the harmful effects of nature don’t take their toll on your skin. Also remember – skin care doesn’t work overnight to take away or resolve your skin concerns, and if it does, its not long term. Take some patience, and 4-8 weeks, with any product to really see the difference.
MYTH: “My skin feels tight because it’s cold out.”
FACT:No, it actually means your face is stripped of its natural oils, kicking your skin into overdrive. What does that mean? It means the appearance of your skin takes a toll. Fine lines may be more noticeable and your skin may break out due to having to produce more oil. All in all, listen to your skin. Skincare is about caring for your skin. Not harming it.
Looking for the most effective way to avoid these common cold weather skin mishaps?
Margot recommends using the following products from the Elizabeth Grant skincare collection to make this chilly season the smoothest one, yet. Please let me know if you’d like samples, images or additional information.
1) The Socializer Can You Keep A Secret? lip exfoliator and balm [$38]
2) Hand and Foot Cream
3) Lubricating Body Treatment [$29]
4) Essence of Torricelumn [$50-70]
5) Advanced Cellular Age Defense Day and Night Creams [$99/$120]
Give great face and show your skin some love. Visit www.elizabethgrant.com to shop a variety of products including sunscreens, face washes, lip balms, moisturizers, and everything else in between you will need to keep your skin looking hot in the cold weather.