The following post was written by Brittany Minor, who blogs at Clumps of Mascara, and is part of POPSUGAR Select Beauty.
So long, Summer sun and flip-flops. It's time to pack up the shorts and pull out the sweaters. Cooler weather is on the horizon whether we like it or not. Not quite ready to give up the suntan lotion and margaritas on the beach? Cheer up, girlfriend. Maybe getting your skin ready for the colder weather will excite you a bit. First things first . . .
1. Switch up your foundation. If you're a gal who loves her foundations and powders, it may be time to switch up your colors. Many of us wear darker shades in the Summer, so do your skin a favor and pull out that cooler foundation. If you're like me and have a hard time trying to find a foundation that really works with your complexion, go with a brand that has diverse ranges. I love Urban Decay's Naked Skin Liquid Makeup Foundation ($39). They have enough shades to pick from, and I can switch 'em up as the seasons change.
2. Invest in heavier creams. Even if your skin isn't particularly dry, you may want to invest in a heavier facial moisturizer. OK, so I know this sounds funny coming from a gal in Florida, but hey, we get our cold days. Have a good facial cream on standby for those cold fronts. Your skin will need the extra moisture, and it's better to have one before the weather gets wonky.
3. Make an appointment with your esthetician. I love starting a season with a new facial palette. Treat you sun-beaten skin to a nice facial. If money is tight and you aren't able to go to your favorite esthetician, whip out your favorite exfoliator and give your skin some serious lovin'. If you want to make a nice experience out of it, invite some gal pals over and have a nice skin-pampering session.
4. Trade your bronzers for blushes. I adore my bronzers and I have no problem wearing them year-round for that perfect, sun-kissed glow, but I love rocking blushes even more during the cooler months. There's something refreshing about beautiful pink cheeks peeking out of a winter coat and scarf.
5. Invest in a facial brush or get a new brush for the one you have. I am head over heels in love with my Clarisonic face brush. It is recommended to replace the brush head every three months, so I know that when the seasons change, it's time to get a new and fresh brush head. The Clarisonic ($150) rocks because they offer several different kinds of brush heads.