Saturday, January 13, 2018
Beauty Ceremonials for Winter
I never thought I looked good in winter. Without a summer tan, I felt my beauty was blurred and devoid of color and life. Now I no longer tan so I am rather pale year round and use skin-brightening products. But I think true beauty in winter comes from within; from happy pursuits, reading good books, planning for spring, drinking tea, etc.
The powder tins above are old-fashioned and charming. Talcum powder has been out of favor for health reasons, but I still like to sprinkle my sheets with a talc-free one in winter, just before I put the coverlet on. Slipping between fragrantly crisp sheets is a winter pleasure. And pillow spray. I use a lavender-scented one which is supposed to induce sleep.
What keeps me asleep on winter mornings with my dead-south facing windows, is a dark sleep mask. Sleep is the best beauty aid in winter. And I feel so much better after a long winter's nap.
They say if your feet hurt, it shows on your face. I think it's the same with being cold. Staying warm in winter is a beauty aid too. These days I am reaching for capes, shawls, and ponchos. I love the drapey warmth they provide which not only keeps me cozy but keeps my face looking good too. Ditto with socks...cold feet does not a beauty make.
For ease, I am reaching for simple diamond stud earrings everyday too. They are so easy (imitation diamonds work just as well) and add just the right amount of bling to the face. Dangles get caught in the shoulders of my wraps and sweaters and it's so freeing not to think of jewelry too much in winter - just some classic pieces to fill in the gaps.
Scarves are another wonderful style tool in winter. A warm muffler that is soft and colorful, wrapped just so about the neck sends a nice style statement. My daughter gave me a little scarf tying book for Christmas and it's been fun creating neck origami to stay cozy.
Pedicure weather is long gone and I like using the savings for other things. Instead, I keep my hands and feet smooth and soft with creams and lotions. And I keep my nails short. I slick on a pale nail polish and call it a day. And because I bake and cook more in winter, a pale polish doesn't show the chips as readily. For Valentine's Day though, I will opt for cherry red on healthy nails that I've been pampering all January.
I am spending quite a lot of time at home this winter catching up on some writing, reading some books that have been neglected on the shelves. Also listening to music on my little bluetooth speaker and drinking tea...always tea. Here are some favorite beautifying things for you to try:
Best body cream I have found: Basq Advanced Treatment Butter
Most beautiful music I have listened to: Prayer Changes Everything by Mark McKenzie
My favorite book on tea: French Tea, the Pleasures of the Table by Carole Manchester
Best-loved winter film I can watch over and over: Love in a Cold Climate for the clothes. And the love.
Favorite tea, bar none: Trader Joe's Irish Breakfast Tea
Most lovely pillow spray: This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
Exceptionally fragrant powder: Crabtree and Evelyn Spring Rain Powder
Cherriest and cheeriest red nail polish: Smith and Cult Nail Lacquer in Kundalini Hustle
A very beloved winter hand cream: Herbacin Wellness Hand Cream in Wild Rose