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The cold weather in Finland might sound intimidating. Fear not! It’s just a matter of adequate clothing even when dealing with extreme winter weather.
What many people forget is that in the freezing temperatures, we have to take care of our skin, too. Especially us women, because our skin is thinner.
That’s why I made this post about all the cold weather beauty tips and products that really work here in Finland. Be sure to pack these items when you travel to Finland in wintertime!
I feel pretty confident about this post because I used to work with cosmetics a couple of years ago.
I’ve included all my favorites so you can trust that the field testing has been done properly.
Table of Contents
- 1 The Best Cold Weather Beauty Products and Tips
- 2 Finnish Hairstyles in Winter
- 3 Other Winter Weather Essentials You Really Need
The Best Cold Weather Beauty Products and Tips
Wear a Winter Cream
Apply moisturizer to your face at least half an hour before stepping out of the door to moisturize your skin thoroughly. Do not use oil-free gel-like products on your skin close to going outside in freezing conditions as they can cause frost bites.
I love the Sisu Cream by the Finnish brand Lumene (more about them later). Sisu is powerful but still light to use. Made with Spruce knot extracts and berry seed oils, the scent is heaven!
If you wish to use an unscented product, I find Clinique Moisture Surge super good!
Apply SOS Cream for the Night
If I had to pick only one beauty item for the Finnish winter weather, I’d pick Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream. It has been my SOS cream over 10 years and I have yet to find a better product. One tube takes forever to finish. I think I have used mine for over two years.
On desperate times, I use this cream all over my face and hands and go to sleep like a balmed mummy, waking up all fresh next morning.
If it’s important for you to use organic skin care, Wild Rose Beauty Balm by Neal’s Yard Remedies is a good option as your SOS Cream. This product is amazing because it can be used as a cream, cleanser and mask.
Remember the Protective Lip Balm
Use a thick quality lip balm with sufficient power. The worst thing is to put a liquid lip gloss. That is murder to your lip tissue. Remember also SPF or sun lotion for your lips!
I use my Elizabeth Arden Lip Balm all the time. I also have the tinted blush-shade version which is my trusted beauty product on the go. It’s super protective and the sheer color is awesome. Plus, I don’t need a mirror when applying.
Hand Cream is a Must
Excellent hand cream is a much-needed product in Finland. It feels surprisingly horrible when your hands get too dry. Eight Hour Hand Cream by Elizabeth Arden is powerful and absorbs fast. It works wonders even if your hands are totally weather-beaten.
Find a Protective Foundation
Even if you don’t usually use make-up, now you should! A foundation is the best cover against harsh weather. Use a base with at least SPF20 (or a separate sun lotion) as the snow reflects the sun.
My favorite is Lumene CC-foundation. It is SPF20 and the texture is so smooth! It leaves my skin looking natural, unifies my skin tone and redness. I use light of the tone options.
This product is recommended my many makeup professionals in Finland and I agree with them 100%.
Focus on the Eyes
With a cute beanie and chunky scarf wrapped around your neck, when it comes to makeup, it’s a good idea to focus on your eyes. They are always visible!
I use M.A.C. brow products, they have never failed me no matter what’s the weather.
A top-notch concealer is a must for me as I have very dark circles under my eyes. I have tried so many concealers over the years! Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer is the best I have used. My tone is light (1C).
Make Sure You Can Trust Your Mascara
Choose a waterproof, a special water-soluble mascara or go without. A normal mascara will make you look like a panda when your warm exhaling air transforms into water on your lashes.
Clinique Lash Power Mascara is a water-soluble long-wear mascara that works like a charm in Finland! I wear it all the time. It doesn’t smear, shift or settle under your eyes.
If you want super long lashes, Clinique Lash Building Primer is a must! I know, if you haven’t used a mascara primer before, it seems like a totally unnecessary product.
But I promise you’ll notice the difference immediately. The primer makes your lashes longer and thicker. It is witchcraft, basically! By the way, this product works under any mascara.
Beauty Favorites by Lumene
Lumene is a Finnish cosmetics company that makes wonderful products. Every Finn knows Lumene and their products also make fantastic gifts from Finland!
Lumene products include super ingredients from Finnish nature, such as cloudberry, bilberry, pine bark, and spruce knot extract. Doesn’t it sound like you could almost eat their products!?
I love the Valo Glow Refresh Hydrating Mist because you can use it before cream and over makeup. When I look tired it’s the perfect pick-me-up! I always have it with me on long-haul flights.
Finnish Hairstyles in Winter
On an average winter day, most younger Finnish ladies wear their hair on braids and ponytails. Once again, we are being very practical.
These hairstyles stop your hair being electrical and all over your face when you are wearing beanie and possibly a hood to keep you warm.
Other Winter Weather Essentials You Really Need
Never Forget Tissues
You or someone will need these for something. A runny nose, hot chocolate spills, you name it…
Heat Pockets are Heaven
One of the best innovations ever against the cold temperatures. Just slide a couple of heat pockets into your mittens, boots or both and enjoy the warmness! Easy to take with you where ever you are and to use when the situation arrives.
Bring Extra Battery for Your Phone
Always check that your camera and phone are charged before going out in the winter because the freezing conditions eat up your battery fast.
It’s a good idea to bring an extra battery if you have one!
How do you prepare your skin to deal with winter? Did you find these tips useful? I’d love to know so comment below!
Looking for more information about packing or winter Finland? Check these other posts:
- Winter Packing List for Finland & Free Printable for You!
- Gift Guide for Sustainable Finnish Clothing Brands with Great Beanies, Layers and Knits
- Lapland Holidays: A Local’s Guide to Help Plan Your Dream Trip!
- 15 Things to Know about Northern Lights in Lapland
- How to Travel from Helsinki to Lapland with Night Train