DIY Face Masks to Prep Skin for Winter

It seems like just yesterday I was talking about preparing your skin for fall after a long summer of keeping it pretty simple – yet here we are with winter on the brain. Don’t worry, it’s not winter quite yet for most of us, but when it comes to skincare preventative measures are everything. Combat your usual winter skin woes, such as dryness, redness and irritation early by whipping up one of these 3 DIY face masks using what you probably already have in your kitchen.

DIY Face Masks for Winter - Tamera Mowry

Oatmeal Face Mask
While winter skin is most often known for being dry and cracking, that doesn’t mean you should skip the exfoliants. The trick is to be gentle. For this exfoliating mask, cook up a cup of oatmeal with milk. Let cool. Mix in a spoonful of organic raw honey (antibacterial and healing), and if you’d like, a drop of almond oil (rich in vitamin E and antioxidants). Make sure it’s not too thick, but will actually stick to your face! Gently apply to skin and leave on for 10-15 minutes.

Pumpkin Mask
Got a can of pumpkin leftover from Thanksgiving? Mix it up (about a cup) with a couple tablespoons each of plain yogurt, honey and brown sugar. Apply evenly to skin and rinse off after about 15 minutes. Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A and C, the brown sugar adds a gentle exfoliation but can be left out if you aren’t in to it, and the yogurt fights bacteria and unclogs pores. And once again, the healing power of honey will soothe the skin.

Avocado Face Mask
Ah, a classic! For this all you do is mash up an avocado (save some for guac, if you’ve got chips! Lol) and combine it with a tablespoon of olive oil. Oils help extract toxins from the skin, and since avocados are loaded with skin-loving vitamin E, which reduces inflammation, skin will feel ultra-moisturized and refreshed afterward. Apply a thin layer to skin, leave for about 15 minutes, and rinse.

Make sure to cleanse beforehand and rinse thoroughly after each mask, and of course, only use ingredients you know your skin isn’t irritated by.

Want more DIY skincare ideas? Check out these one-ingredient wonders.

Xx,
Tamera

My Skincare Secrets: Switching Your Skincare for Fall

Whether temps drop drastically, the air gets more drying, you travel a lot during the holidays or you just can never seem to predict the weather, there are a lot of external changes to prep our skin this time of year for! Since changes in seasons are often gradual rather than abrupt, I wouldn’t blame you if you haven’t even thought about prepping your skin for cold weather woes. Luckily, it doesn’t take much to combat the effects of weather on skin this time of year, and you’ll be glad you did once things get really crazy in a few months.

My Skincare Secrets - Fall Skincare Tips - Tamera Mowry

So, what to do? Treat skin that’s stressed from summer with a moisturizing mask like Clarins HydraQuench Cream Mask and continue to use once a week to maintain properly hydrated skin and stave off breakouts. If you feel your skin drying out, an effective moisturizer is a must! To find the perfect products, there are even apps you can use. Cast gives you personalized skin and hair recommendations based on your location, weather and skincare needs.

While you may be using an intense moisturizer when fall rolls around, you want to do the opposite with your cleanser – stick to a gentle product. If you normally exfoliate frequently, you might want to pull back, as this can make dry skin even worse. It’s truly all about the moisturizer when it comes to skincare transitions.

Another tip? Don’t forget the lips! Jouer has a lip treatment that nourishes dry lips while providing the subtlest sheen so that you don’t look like you applied balm, but rather a colorless gloss that gives the appearance of slightly fuller lips too. You also don’t want to overlook the neck area, so remember to apply your night creams and moisturizers there too.

Lastly, give skin a break! We tend to start piling on the makeup as the temperatures drop and we have to work a lot harder to give skin that natural looking glow. All that product can take a toll on skin, so when you don’t have plans or are just running errands – simply apply your skincare and skip the rest. Giving skin regular breaks will restore its vitality and make those made-over days a lot more successful in the end.

Have you experienced any changes in your skin this season yet? Now that you’ve got skincare locked down, see my classic fall beauty look here.

Xx,
Tamera

My Natural Pink Beauty Look

As much as I love transitioning with the season, I always like to have a signature beauty look that can work no matter the time of year. A natural beauty vibe with a bolder eye and a bit of a pink glow does the trick – especially when I’ve got the curls out in full force! Here’s how to achieve the look yourself:
 My Natural Pink Beauty Look - Tamera Mowry 

First things first, a blank canvas is a must. Make sure you’ve properly cleansed and moisturized before applying product. If your eyes could use a little pick-me-up, try this green tea trick. Next, apply a primer that will smooth skin and prep it for foundation, like Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation primer. Apply foundation (or to go even lighter with coverage, a tinted moisturizer) as usual. If the changes in weather are already starting to hit you, look for a base that evens skin and doesn’t try you out. For this look, it’s all about keeping it light! Clinique’s Even Better is a light makeup and comes in 30 shades.

Now it’s time to add that romantic glow. For the full effect, Ambient Lighting Edit comes with blush, bronzer, and highlighter, but if you opt for just a highlighting powder like Becca’s you can be more choosy about shades. If applying blush, be sure not to go overboard – a little goes a long way. Try a rose gold hue with a bit of shimmer to get the pink look!

My Natural Pink Beauty Look - Tamera Mowry

Eyes are definitely the focal point, and the shimmer just adds a nice accent. To achieve this, you can start with a shimmery yet natural earth-toned shadow of your choice, or forgo it and go straight for liner. Apply a thick black eyeliner like Tartiest Double Take eyeliner (which has both a pencil and a precision liner for the wing) on both your upper lid and lower lash line. Curl those lashes and apply a couple coats of a jet-black mascara.

Round out the whole look with a flirty almost bubblegum pink lip – think Jouer’s Crème Liquid Lipstick in Buff or even Peche. And voila!

For more beauty inspiration, read my skincare secrets.

Xx,
Tamera