Winter proof your beauty routine

Your guide to winter beauty

In the words of Tom Jones, ‘Baby! It’s cold outside!’. Winter is not kind to our bodies. It dries out our skin, frizzles our hair and chaps everything that dares to cross its path. If you want to become a winter beauty, read this guide and you will beat the icy winds and blustery snowfalls.

Winter proof your beauty routine

Winter beauty tip 1: Exfoliate your lips

Your lips have very few oil glands and they dry out quickly, which is why you often see people with chapped lips during the winter. To keep them soft, supple and kissable, make sure you exfoliate them. To do this apply some petroleum jelly to your lips, then take your toothbrush and move the tip around your lips in circular motions.

Winter beauty tip 2: Deep condition

Conditioning isn’t good enough when winter comes to town. Step up your game and deep condition. To begin, add some drops of almond oil into your moisturiser. Then apply this mixture to your hands and feet before you sleep. Before jumping into bed put on gloves and thick socks. In the morning your skin should feel deeply moisturised.

Winter beauty tip 3: Get kitted out

Wet clothes can dry out your skin and cause skin irritation. Make sure you pack an umbrella; preferably one with a Teflon-treated hood. The nylon repels water and the hood will dry quickly. Your coat should be thick, windproof and water-resistant. To keep your feet warm and dry choose some wool socks and insulated boots. A non-slippery sole, like rubber, is ideal for winter shoes.

Winter beauty tip 4: Wear sun lotion

It sounds like an odd winter-must-have, but sun lotion should be a part of your beauty routine even in the coldest months. Although it is true that you receive less sun in the winter, UVA rays are the same strength year-round. Despite your layers of clothes, your face and hands will still be exposed at some point.  Try to choose a sun lotion with an SPF of at least 15.

Winter beauty tip 5: Stay hydrated

Although cuddling up by the fire with a hot cup of tea sounds like bliss, what is it doing to your body? Keeping hydrated is easy during the summer months, but is something we often forget to do during winter. However, during the winter we lose a lot of moisture from our bodies too. So make sure you stay topped up and swap your normal tea for a non-decaf, herbal one.

Winter beauty tip 6: Take oil baths

Never heard of an oil bath? Well, it’s about time you did. Oil baths relax and moisturize; a perfect combination when you want to winter proof your beauty routine. To indulge in this luxurious and budget friendly treatment, simply add several drops of your favourite oil into your bath. Almond oil works particularly well and it smells great.

Winter beauty tip 7: Make your own lip balm

Boots, party frock, Christmas presents – winter is expensive. Save some money by making your own lip balm. You will need: one teaspoon of packed beeswax, half a teaspoon of cocoa butter and four teaspoons of sweet almond oil. Add honey for flavouring. Simply heat the beeswax until it melts, add the other ingredients and allow it to cool.

Winter beauty tip 8: Face wash

Although your face wash may be great for your skin during the summer months, it may not be as good when the temperature and conditions change. Choose a face wash that is oil based, so it works with your moisturiser. Also make sure you wash with warm, not hot water, as hot water dries out the skin.

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