Snow Day Skin Care: How to Pamper Yourself When You're Stuck Indoors
Being trapped at home while snow piles up outside may seem like a curse, but with the right plan in place, a snow day can actually be a blessing in disguise—for your skin, in particular. Take the frigid temperatures and snow fall as a sign from nature that you need a day off and use it as opportunity to pamper skin from head to toe. Not sure where to start? Keep reading to find out the best ways to indulge your skin while you’re stuck indoors—consider it the ultimate snow day skin care routine.
Give Yourself a Facial Massage
You may not be able to make it to an appointment with your masseuse, but you can treat yourself to a massage. Rather than trying to rub down your entire body, focus on your face. Just as a masseuse would slick your skin with oil before a Swedish massage, you can use the same tactic for a facial massage. Reach for a nourishing facial oil, like the Biotherm Liquid Glow Skin Best, and begin working it into your skin. Use a small amount of oil to coat your face and neck, massaging in gentle, upward-circles as you go. The smooth texture of the oil will help your hands easily slide over your skin for a more relaxing massage experience. Plus, your complexion will receive all of the skin care benefits of the facial oil.
Complete a Mani with Cuticle Oil
What’s a day full of pampering without a fresh coat of nail polish? After you pick your perfect color and paint it on, be sure to pay attention to the skin surrounding your nails—especially if you cleaned up any mistakes with nail polish remover, which can be drying. Once you’ve removed any misplaced strokes of polish, in order to ensure your nails look like a professional’s work, you’ll need to apply a cuticle oil. For a quick way to nourish and soften the skin around your nails. try the Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil. Just brush it on and once you’re sure your polish is 100% dry, rub it in.
Pair Fuzzy Socks with Foot Cream
In the winter, it’s safe to say that fuzzy socks are practically a universal necessity. The only way you can improve upon their comfy-delightfulness is by incorporating them into your skin care routine. Of course, we aren’t talking about replacing your microfiber cloth with a fuzzy sock, the best way to intertwine socks and skin care is much simpler. If your feet are seriously parched, slather them with a thick treatment (we love the Kiehl’s Intensive Treatment and Moisturizer for Dry or Callused Areas) before slipping on your socks, which will help keep lock in moisture.
Use A Multitude of Face Masks
Face masks happen to be one of the most obvious ways to pamper yourself at home and there’s a good reason for that. Whatever your complexion concerns or needs, you can find a face mask to fit the bill. Even better, you can use multiple face masks to address more than one skin issue, all at the same time. Known as multi-masking, this technique involves applying different masks to different areas on your face, depending on what they need. For one of our favorite face mask pairings, try using a hydrating mask on wind chapped cheeks and a purifying charcoal mask on an oily T-zone.
Treat Your Lips
Not every beauty mask is meant to be smoothed over your entire face. There are also options made specifically for certain parts of your face and even your body. Eyes, hands, feet—you name it—it probably exists. If you’re dealing with dry, chapped lips like everyone else in the midst of the coldest season, the answer is to incorporate a lip mask into your DIY spa day. While you’re multi-masking, pop on a lip mask. When you’re finished, follow up with a coat of lip balm for max moisturizing.
Thoroughly Scrub Your Skin
One of the easiest spa services you can replicate at home is a body scrub treatment. You may not have an esthetician on hand to scrub down your skin for you, but with the help of a sugar scrub you can effectively exfoliate your skin. And if the chilly temperatures indicate anything about the state of your skin, it’s safe to say that a little exfoliation will be much-needed.